From the desk of Jane Smyth
- Hire a caterer and decide what you will serve.
- Smyth tries to match her menu to whether it is a sit-down dinner or a more casual affair.
- Arrange for help to work in the kitchen or elsewhere, depending on the need.
- Arrange for extra tables and chairs where they will be needed; i.e. on the patio, by the pool, etc.
The number of tables and chairs depends on the number of guests. A rule of thumb to know how many tables are needed is to divide the number of guests by the number of seats that fit comfortably around the table. Bar tables are a different story: Ten tables for 200 guests may be enough because guests usually don’t stand at a table all night.
- If there is not enough parking for everyone, arrange for valet parking.
Yes, Smyth provides this for all of her parties.
- Decorate your house accordingly.
Smyth prefers using all white, fresh, seasonal flowers. She said white lends itself to more-formal gatherings. The exception is Christmas, for which her home is elaborately decorated for the holiday. She has two trees on the main floor and one downstairs, garland on the staircase, and an assortment of arrangements that complement the rooms they are in. The couple also decorate urns out front and trees outdoors.
Get started with our choices of local vendors who can help make your gathering a smash hit.
The couture invitation designer creates custom, handmade invitations for every type of momentous occasion.
Twigs & Twine
An offshoot of Paper Allure, the floral design studio creates quirky and unconventional designs using a blend of flowers, branch, fruits and vegetables.
5562 Fulton Dr. NW, Jackson Twp.
Tricia Dever of Always Eventful specializes in coordinating social events of all kinds and sizes, and promises stress-free planning with vendor referrals and flexible involvement.
The full-service rental company can assist with all of your event needs. From tables and chairs to china, staging, tents, cooking equipment, lighting, and more.
4850 Southway St. SW, Perry Twp.