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Holiday Cheer: DC Party Planners Reveal Tips for Entertaining



    Lifestyle gurus Elizabeth Mascali and Dawn Sandomeno wanted to throw a party that was unique, effortless and on a budget. But when they scoured the Web for resources, they found the information was scattered.

    “It didn’t exist,” Elizabeth said, “so we created Party Bluprints Inc. and started designing party plans to save others from having to do all the legwork.”  It began as a blog and evolved into the 2010 publication of the book “Plan to Party.”

    Ahead of the holiday season, the pair dished to Niteside on the most important tips to keep in mind when planning a party and the biggest mistakes to avoid.

    “Entertain not to impress your guests, but to address them," Elizabeth said. "When you entertain because you want your guests to feel special, your motivation shifts from looking good to making you guests feel good.”

    And mistakes?

    “Mistakes are made when not taking the time upfront to develop a realistic plan that they can manage while achieving the result they want - a successful party. ... Be realistic about the type of party you can host and then get a plan to make that party happen,” she said.

    And don't forget to have fun yourself.

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    “Your guests are one of the most important ingredients of your party,” she said. "Make them feel good and your party will be a success.  And don’t forget about another essential ingredient: you. Your party is a reflection of you and should be an expression of how you fell about those you have gathered.  Prepare your party and yourself before the first guest arrives so you can be a guest at your own party and have fun.” 

    Then, pass the eggnog.