Unique Parties and Events For Those Who Love to Host

As a professional event planner, I live to play the role of hostess. I love what I do; especially helping others create, plan and execute their events. I also love planning my own parties. It goes without saying that part of the excitement I get during the holidays is simply brainstorming ideas. I love to bake, cook and decorate, and I spend a lot of time scouring the internet for pictures and recipes. During the rest of the year, however, when I’m not planning someone else’s event, I often get the urge to create and host something of my own. Thus, here are a few great ideas for not-so-traditional events you can host any time of year!

 Charity/Fundraising Events

Since my background is in non-profit, I have a passion for helping to spread awareness for special causes. One of the biggest and most effective forms of supporting your favorite charity is to host an event at your favorite venue or your home. Your charity event may include a theme, such as a poker tournament, tea luncheon, pool party or game day. This is a great way to invite your generous friends and colleagues to one location for a day of networking, socialization and philanthropy. It is a win for you, your guests and your favorite charity!

Gender Reveal Party

One would be hard-pressed to find someone who has never been to a traditional baby shower. But what about getting an intimate group of your friends and family together for a gender reveal party? This is such an exciting way to share the gender of your baby with your loved ones! No presents or party favors or games apply! I once attended a gender reveal bbq. It was great to see the expectant couple along with family and friends! After enjoying the delicious bbq grub, the parents-to-be cut into a pink velvet cake!

Perplex Your Palate Dinner Party

Dinner parties are among my favorite ways to spend time with my friends. I plan on turning my next dinner party into an interactive event. Each diner will receive a note card at their place setting. The game starts at the first bite! During each course, guests are invited to write down each individual ingredient they taste. I’m even going to work in a wine pairing to see who knows their pinots from their cabernets! This type of themed dinner party is great for my group, as we all love food and wine!

Don’t wait until the holidays to practice your hosting skills! Any one of the above – or many other – unique event ideas will add to your hosting experience.  Have fun selecting the perfect party for you and your friends. Check out Pinterest for décor. Visit your local flower warehouse to make your own arrangements. Add something interesting to your table settings, such as battery-powered Christmas lights. Most of all, have fun and cherish the time it will allow you to spend with others! You deserve an event as fabulous as you!

--Elle