We all love going to fun & fabulous parties but when it comes down to planning our own, many see it as a huge headache! As someone who is always planning a party in her head, it never occurred to me that, for many, planning a party can be viewed as painful as say, dental work! Ouch!! It does take some prep work and planning, especially to make it extra-meaningful, and in today’s busy and fast-paced world, it can be hard to find the time to slow down and plot out the details.
Thankfully, there are so many places on the web to help you navigate the jungle of party planning for all of life’s celebrations especially if you find yourself in a rut. So for this post, I would like to direct you to my favorite party planning blogs that I retreat to when I’m looking for inspiration on the latest trends and themes as well as to indulge and recharge my creative side! I am personally inspired by all of these talented Hostess(es) Extraordinaire – with their passion and love for parties, I really look to them as fellow kindred spirits!! My hope is that these resources will not just make it easier but also inspire you to get really excited about planning your next soiree and to celebrate every occasion with fun and flair.
These first two are the juggernauts of party planning – Hostess with the Mostess and Kara’s Party Ideas. They are the go-to source with a vault full of ideas for a lifetime of parties!! If you are a newbie to these two sites, I highly recommend placing a time limit for your visits. I’ve often gone onto their site to check out the latest party posts with the intention of visiting for 20 minutes only to find that, 2 hours later, I still haven’t resurfaced for air!!
Hostess with the Mostess
Hostess with the Mostess (HWTM) is an innovative resource for hip & modern entertaining ideas, powered by a popular daily blog and creative online community where parties & events are discovered, shared, planned, and inspired. The mission of HWTM is to provide stylish entertaining inspiration for everyone from the first-time hostess to the seasoned Party Pro, by featuring imaginative events (from creative people ’round the world!), clever DIY projects, hostessing tips, cool entertaining products, and more fun party stuff – all in one spot!
Founded by Jenn Sbranti, their motto is that a little creativity can turn any day into a special occasion … and ANYONE into the “Hostess with the Mostess“! Filled to the brim with DIY decoration ideas, recipes, and freebies as well as featuring photos full of inspiration from real parties, this is why HWTM is one of the top party planning blogs online today!
Kara’s Party Ideas
Kara's Party Ideas (KPI) – the place for all things party - is a huge online resource for millions of party ideas, recipes, tips, tutorials, thousands of party supplies and more. Its purpose is to inspire and help those who are planning parties and special occasions around the world from start to finish. On a daily basis, Kara Allen, who is the Founder but also a Creator, Party Designer, Blogger, Author and Dessert Stylist, showcases her favorites of the hundreds of party submissions she receives each month in addition to featuring her own fabulous events and recipes.
KPI is considered one of the top party planning blogs out there for several reasons. They are a wonderful resource that features real parties and is chock-full of ideas on how to make themes come to life. It literally is a one-stop spot for all your party idea needs!
PIZZAZZERIE is the go-to guide for entertaining in style from easy and delicious party foods to daily party tips and inspiration! Courtney Whitmore launched Pizzazzerie.com (pronounced piz·zazze·rie [pəˈzaz ərē]) in 2010 to share entertaining inspiration and ideas with her readers. She is now a published cookbook author, entertaining and food stylist, and continues to share daily party inspiration on the blog.
Love the Day
The tagline for Love the Day says it all – “Everyday is a Party” and at Eden Celebrations, we couldn’t agree more!! Lindi Haws founded Love the Day in 2010 as a creative outlet and way to interact with the human race whilst juggling a law-school-attending often absent husband and being a new mom. She is a professed party thrower, crafter, crossword puzzler, baker, classics reader, cake stand hoarder, confetti thrower, bed maker, wanna be runner, mother and blogger. That’s a whole lot of talent rolled up into one person!!
B. Lovely Events
Prepare to be inspired! At B. Lovely Events, you will find tips, trends, ideas and inspiration for all of life’s celebrations. No matter how big or small, a holiday or an occasion, you can make it yours and B. Lovely Events shows you how. Founded by Emily, she loves creating the perfect details to really make events pop. Her motto is Celebrate Life in Style! B. Unique, B. Luxurious, B. Lavish, B. Luxe, B. Lovely! Making it special for your loved ones and friends is what they think life is all about and this blog will help you do just that!
Founded by Maureen (Anders) and Adria (Ruff) after first meeting at a preschool open house, Anders Ruff was born when they realized their shared love for all things paper, parties, design and art. Anders Ruff equips the modern hostess with the beautiful details needed to make their events stylish and memorable. Their blog also offers inspiration for the entire party planning process where you can find eye candy, DIY projects, free printables, giveaways and more. Through Anders Ruff, their hope is to change the face of celebration style for those who love it as well.
A Subtle Revelry
Founded by Victoria Hudgins, A Subtle Revelry believes in living a lifestyle of celebration and that revelry should happen EVERYWHERE and EVERYDAY. They love to talk about cakes + balloons + garland + easy party hacks & making every holiday more festive! They believe that there is no reason to wait for some special revelation from the universe to celebrate. So take up your stash of confetti today and make it special. Bake a cake just because it tastes good, and because that cake stand is too damn pretty to be sitting in the cabinet! So welcome to the party!