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So That Everyone Knows Where’s the Party At

  By   Nov 12th 2012 at 1:11PM Lifestyle RATED
Nisha Jamvwal

Nisha Jamvwal

Owner of Nisha JamVwal Design, an interior and brand architect, columnist and also an art consultant, Nisha Jamvwal is a woman of many talents. We bring you a personalised take from this much respected award-winning consultant in the luxury space. You can follow Nisha on Google+ and Facebook.

 

So That Everyone Knows Where’s the Party At

 

That food is an important essential to make your party extraordinary, is a no brainer. Everyone throwing a party, even the not so fastidious, look at menu and venue when entertaining. It is the finer nuances of style, presentation, drama and extraordinary decor that set apart your party, and also distinguish you as a bon vivant whose parties leave an impact. My dinners are choreographed to the last detail. From the co-ordinated crockery to the attire of the table, I look into every nuance of a party with the meticulousness of an opera director.
 
The most memorable events are about attention to detail, a developed skill I shall equip you with for the upcoming holiday season. Make way for some top class hosting and stellar parties.

 

Flowers: Decor is unarguably the hero of a party. Your object must be: 'To wow people as they enter'. Fresh and fragrant, flowers are easy accessories that enliven the living room be it in corners, passages, powder rooms, and even more dramatic presentations like installations or having them sit pretty at the centre of your dining table.

 

Fragrances and Light: Aroma sticks strategically placed at every corner provide a heightened sense of pleasure and help set the tone of the evening—never undermine the power of the olfactory senses.
 

Choose a Theme: A theme for every party makes it more exciting. Sync your theme to the décor and the food to create a novel ambience, and also work it into the centrepiece of the dining table, as it will be the focal point of the party. These can often be curated from your travels, with a plan in mind. For instance, an anniversary party could have cupid cherubs as a metaphor of love.

 
Colour Scheme: The ever changing theme of a party could be supported by colour. Wave a metaphoric brush of colour by having cushions, drapes and sometimes even loose covers changed, to create a new fantastic look for the living space. Red for Christmas, ochre or saffron for Diwali, pink for a girl’s lunch—every occasion can be associated with a colour.

Centerpiece: Your centerpiece can work as quite a conversation starter so create different arrangements, accessorise and improvise. Treat your guests to a new ‘show’ of creativity. Having the same look for the dining area in succession is a party faux pas I would never make.

Whimsies: Diwali, Christmas, birthdays, or even an esoteric party—no matter what the occasion, it must reflect consistently through all the arrangements. Talking from experience, I was very impressed with the effort put into a child’s birthday, where the toran or garland at the door was decorated with Barbie dolls hanging from the ceiling, and the kid’s favourite story book characters reflected in the food decor, the return gifts, and even the games arranged for the party.
 
Candles & Candelabras: Use silver or glass candelabras to adorn coffee tables and credenzas with candles that are in sync with your colour scheme. You could also use clusters of different height candles to create a collage that will enliven your space. These additions, though small yet significant, can make the entire ambience appear more festive.
 
Bar & Drinks: The wine and alcohol list is very important. I recommend you create a separate bar area, even if it means shifting around some furniture to make sure that there is ample room to manoeuvre. This way, people indulging in a drink can mill around and enjoy their aperitif or post-dinner night cap.

So That Everyone Knows Where’s the Party At

Food décor, colour and taste
•         The most engaging memory of a party is food. Create a personal touch, even if it is catered. You must plan the menu even before a caterer has been solicited.
•         To ensure perfection, you and your family need to experiment and go through multiple tastings with the caterers.
•         Colour co-ordinated dishes that spruce up the table with multifarious bright food colours is a trick I use often.
•         Buffet style is always preferable to sit down, as food tends to get cold with sit downs and people in India come in at different times.
•         A profusion of relishes, pickles, farsaan, dips around the food, to spice it all up are a great idea.

Dining Table Decor
•         Eye-catching table decor would include colourful food, candles, flowers and garnishes that create an enchanting look for the table setting
•         Use interesting curios interspersed with your food to enhance your theme… make a collage of food and art to create drama. My own personal trick is to use crystal ducks, elephants, turtles or Bacarrat figurines to form centrepieces for tables. I then lay all the food on silver and crystal layered palettes.
•         Carved vegetables and decor for food create an impact.
•         The dishes you use for service make all the difference. While chafing dishes with a tea light keep the food warm, using a cake dome over platters adds a stylish touch.
•         Use a thematic water jug
•         For gravies, use a soup tureen
•         Juxtapose the trays and place mats to match and contrast interestingly.
 
Focal Point: The entertainment area begs for at least one focal point or dramatic piece that makes a statement and can hold everyone’s attention. It could be something as uncomplicated as a large indoor plant with fairy lights or a conversation piece sculpture.
 
Hospitality & Attention: Do not leave guests to fend for themselves and make sure the first drink is handed to them personally. This is a charming detail that never fails to make a guest feel special, loved and coveted at a party.
 
Etiquette: Be gracious to the unexpected guests on the day of the party. An unannounced +1 is commonplace, and while your primary guest may have failed to inform or check with you, you must keep your cool and plan for extras at all costs.
 
Now I bid adieu with a special gem—“Always learn to enjoy your own party.” 


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