It’s the season to celebrate. If you’re throwing a bridal shower or hosting a college graduation dinner, you’ve got some planning to do. We asked Sonia Dhillon, Verity’s private dining manager (and superior party planner!) to share her top tips for throwing an unforgettable bash.
DO decide on a theme from the get-go. “By that I really mean a vibe or overall feel for your event,” says Dhillon. Is it going to be a formal sit-down dinner or cocktail party, for example? Black tie or casual dress? Having a clear vision will set the tone for all other decisions you have to make, from food to flowers, and help you with the planning from start to finish, she says.
DO have a plan B. It makes sense to throw an outdoor fete this time of year, but we’re still at the mercy of the weather, even in June. “It’s always good to have a contingency plan,” she says. “When we hold an outdoor event here in the courtyard, all contracts include an organized plan for what will happen if it rains.” If you’re hosting at home, make sure you have tents set up or space ready indoors for your guests, just in case you need it.
DON’T sweat the small stuff. It’s tempting to get caught up in all the details, from the font on the invites to colour coordinating the flower arrangements, or details of the take-away party favours. “It’s easy to overthink it all,” says Dhillon. “But nobody is going to remember the favours – they’re going to remember the experience.” If they enjoyed the food, had great conversation and some fun – that’s what will count, no matter what kind of party it is.