If I Weren’t A Decorator, I’d Be A Party Planner!

Last Updated on December 9, 2011 by Kristi Linauer

Have I ever told you that I came this close to going the wedding and party planning route instead of the interior decorating route?  It’s true.  I did.  Almost.

I definitely think I made the right decision for myself, but I still find myself fascinated with, and drawn to party planning and entertaining ideas.  I love that party planners get to latch on to a theme and run with it.  The sky’s the limit, and generally people are very open to letting their imaginations run wild when it comes to their parties.  (Not so much when it comes to their home that they have to live in and be comfortable in day after day.)

Anywhooo…I came across the most scrumptious new-to-me online magazine that’s all about entertaining and party planning, and I wanted to pass along the goodness to you.  The magazine is called The Party Dress, and there’s also a blog and website by the same name.  Here’s a sampling of ideas that were in the fall issue of the magazine.

party planning idea using bright colors, a candy and sweets bar, colorful pennant bunting

Aren’t those colors fantastic?!  This is obviously perfect for a little girl’s party, but I could also see this for a baby shower.

These blues and greens also caught my eye.  This was an idea they shared for a mod fish baby shower, but of course, these ideas could be used for a variety of occasions.

Party or baby shower idea using blues and greens and fish theme, from The Party Dress magazine, fall issue

This fantastic popcorn bar was created for an outdoor slideshow/movie at a family reunion.  Such a simple idea with gorgeous presentation!

Party planning idea--old fashioned popcorn bar, from The Party Dress magazine, fall issue

If you’re looking for ideas for the upcoming holidays, the holiday issue of the magazine is packed with great ideas…

Sophisticated Thanksgiving dinner party ideas from The Party Dress magazine, holiday issue

Winter carnival party planning ideas with coral, aqua, and pastel colors from The Party Dress magazine, holiday issue

White and gold holiday table setting ideas from The Party Dress magazine

The ideas in this magazine are fantastic, and the photography is just gorgeous.  I could waste away an entire day pouring over each and every detail!  Go take a look for yourself…

The Party Dress Magazine—Fall Issue

The Party Dress Magazine—Holiday Issue

And on a related topic, did you happen to see the absolutely amazing and perfect-in-every-detail fairy ballerina party that Shelley from House of Smiths had for her daughter?

Fairy ballerina birthday party for a little girl, pink and pastel colors, from The House of Smiths blog

If you haven’t seen it yet, you simply must visit, and soak in every detail.  Even if you don’t have kiddos, or don’t have a daughter, or don’t ever plan on hosting a party of any kind ever again, you will still enjoy the stunning photos and the incredible attention to detail that went into this party.

So do you also like to look at entertaining and party ideas?  When it comes to the holidays, do you plan a big, fancy sit down meal, complete with centerpieces and place cards?  Or does your family keep it casual and simple with buffet-style dining?

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    Beverly Pennington
    November 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    oh, you would have been a great party planner!  Occasionally I get the chance to style a party and it is such a similar/different thing.  Love the site…new blog to follow.

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    Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano
    November 11, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Love this post!  I'm pinning it.

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    November 11, 2011 at 2:16 am

    I love this. I feel like it is so true if you weren't decorating the next best thing would be party planning because it still gets your creativity pumping with wonderful, great ideas like these.

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    Hugh @Catalog Design Ideas
    November 11, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Why? Can't you be a decorator and a party planner at the same time? I think you're great in both fields.

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    November 11, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Because you are a decorator your are an amazing party planner. Beautiful pics!


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    November 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Kristi! I just stumbled onto your blog and am I glad I did! There is so much inspiration here! I am now your newest follower; and I hope you will follow me, too! Blessings to you!

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    Susan @ Afford Your Passions
    November 11, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I love it! I would love to be a party planner, too!

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    Kostas Tsipos
    November 12, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Upcoming holidays is soon ..  i love parties and all of those stuff here are perfect 🙂

    Fairy ballerina party is fantastic .. in my daughter parties
    i love to future in my blog some from your posts blogs:)

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    November 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Just found your blog- I love it! 🙂 And I totally agree- party planning is a blast! I just got done coordinating my brother-in-law's wedding and it was a blast (hard work, but fun). Have you looked at Amy Atlas' blog? Oh my gosh- I would live in that blog if I could!