I remember years ago, perhaps in an early InStyle magazine or on Robin Leach’s Lifestyle’s of the Rich & Famous, I learned that Candy Spelling had a gifting room in her Beverly Hills mansion. In other words, she had a whole room dedicated to wrapping presents. Twenty years later we’ve all been Martha’d and the idea of having a space in our homes to wrap presents doesn’t sound preposterous at all. Indulgent, yes, but not preposterous.
Today, there is another Spelling stealing some of the spotlight away from Martha, and it’s 39-year old Tori Spelling. She’s grown up to be a professional mom-to-be (she’s on number four), reality show queen, web hostess and someone who gives really good advice on how to throw a party. Her new book, celebraTori: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Friends and Family, is chock full of clever tips and insanely steal-able ideas. Here are a few gems of advice from Tori:
Always serve soda in liter containers: When you put out cans, guest often take a whole can, drink a few sips, then set it down and abandon.
Make a Mood Board for your party: Tori suggests making a real one for your wall, but obviously a great way to do this is through Pinterest. Don’t just clip not ideas and recipes, but also colors, photo inspirations, music you want to play, anything.
Set your food as far away from the bar as possible. You want people to be forced to cross the space and mingle.
Give carnations a chance. Flower arrangements don’t have to be pricy. Just buy a ton of carnations in the same color and present them clustered in thick balls in short vases.
Deep clean the week before a party. Then, plan to spot clean the day before and you can start with clean slate without wasting time.