Angela Hoxsey, House in Order: Organizing an end of year party | Angela Hoxsey
Finalize your guest list and decide how you are going to contact people. Paper invitations sent by mail are only needed for the most formal occasions, but they certainly add something special to casual business, as personal letters are so rare these days.
Plan the food and everything that will be needed to serve it. This is the most scary part of planning a party for me as I have very little experience cooking for more than two people. Even though a recipe says it serves four to six people, in my house it still only feeds two. That’s why I’m in love with my slow cooker. Even though I have to work on a dinner day, I can put something like pork ribs or chicken tikka masala in the slow cooker and have something really delicious hot and ready to serve whenever I want at the end of. the day.
I also serve quinoa instead of rice as I can never rely on my rice for a good result. Quinoa works every time. Mix up a salad, buy something festive for dessert and at my house it’s party time! Flavored sparkling water, like La Croix, is always fun (Pampelmousse, Pasteque, or Passionfruit anyone?), And good wine is ridiculously easy to find here.
What to wear I’ve always wanted to be the hostess pajama type, but when you’re little and you live in the countryside it looks like you wear pajamas and forgot you were having a party.
If you have a vision for your party in mind, your guests will surely appreciate receiving clothing suggestions. Even before P Diddy’s annual White Hamptons Party, all white was a popular party dress code, and of course, there are costume, themed, like the Roaring Twenties, or random parties like Halloween. “Napa Valley Casual” has never been specific enough for anyone.