How to throw a Pinterest-worthy bash

Wanna throw a party so pretty that your guests can’t stop Instagramming it? We get wallet-friendly, fail-proof tips from DIY guru and TV host, LYNZIE KENT

How to throw a Pinterest-worthy bash
How to throw a Pinterest-worthy bash
02 Nov 2016

How to throw a Pinterest-worthy bash

What’s the worst that could happen at a party you throw?

A) Guests are awkwardly mingling because there’s nothing else to do;

B) No one’s Instagramming anything, despite your last-minute dash to Daiso to get those sad-looking streamers;

C) All of the above.

Here to help: Lynzie Kent (above), 31, head honcho of a Toronto events firm and hostess with the mostest on DIY series Post My Party who dispenses DIY hacks for every party imaginable in each episode. Hint: You don’t need a posse of party planners to make a party go from ‘blah’ to ‘whoa’. 

1. Halloween Party
1. Halloween Party
02 Nov 2016

1. Halloween Party

So blah: Slapping a Jack-o-lantern or a ‘skeleton’ on the front door and calling it a scare-fest.

Lynzie says: “Blindfold your guests and have them stick their hands into bowls of [‘body parts’]. Think peeled grapes as eyeballs, cold spaghetti as slimy guts and steak bones as human bones. Get them to guess what each item really is! Put up a police mugshot backdrop and take pictures of each guest in their Halloween costume posing for their best mugshot. Share on social media. And set up a camp out in your living room complete with teepees and s’mores. Ask your guests to wear their best camping PJs and share ghost stories over a faux fire made of sticks, Christmas lights and rocks.”
 

2. Christmas Party
2. Christmas Party
02 Nov 2016

2. Christmas Party

So blah: Setting up a Christmas tree that looks like it’s weathered typhoons in Hongkong.

Lynzie says: “Host a tree-trimming party by preparing an ornament decorating station on site where your guests can decorate an ornament in any fashion they choose. [If you’re singing Christmas carols], create song books from old paper scraps and printed sheet music that guests can take home with them as a memory of the night.”
 

3. Birthday Party
3. Birthday Party
02 Nov 2016

3. Birthday Party

So blah: Your party centrepiece is a birthday cake from the neighbourhood bakery served on plastic bowls you saved from tapow-ed food.

Lynzie says: “Create custom milkshake holders for each guest by adding their name to a reusable glass or plastic bottle and adding glitter. Fill the bottles with a milkshake of your choice and top it off by rimming it with sprinkles and adding cute paper straws. [For those with a modest budget and a long guestlist], get snacks that are cheaper in bulk. Popcorn is mega inexpensive and can serve a ton of people! Avoid hard alcohol and stick to just wine and beer. Make large batches of inexpensive drinks like apple cider or mulled wine.”
 

4. Bachelorette Party
4. Bachelorette Party
02 Nov 2016

4. Bachelorette Party

So blah: A group manicure sesh where everyone’s feeling guilty about cheating on their regular manicurists.

Lynzie says: “Create an all-white colour scheme to celebrate the bride, complete with a curtain of white wax paper cones — they’re really cheap to buy. Dip cherries in white chocolate and serve alongside a gorgeous white cake. Ask the girls if any of them can tie the cherry stem in a knot with their tongue for a fun, cheeky game.”
 

5. Housewarming Party
5. Housewarming Party
02 Nov 2016

5. Housewarming Party

So blah: A pot-luck party... because the delivery of the microwave oven has been delayed/pizza delivery man’s dog ate the pizza.

Lynzie says: “Create a massive charcuterie board out of a plank of wood and chalkboard paint. Label the food directly on the board using chalk and fill with delectable cheeses, meats and olives.”
 

6. Farewell Party
6. Farewell Party
02 Nov 2016

6. Farewell Party

So blah: Happy hour drinks.

Lynzie says: “Create adorable ‘anti-voodoo’ dolls of yourself for your friends so that when they miss you, they can channel that through the dolls! Add them to key rings to make adorable keychains that your guests can carry with them always. Beginners in crafting can start with non-intimidating projects and supplies — things you used as a kid like paper, glue, paint. Always know that the first time you make something, it will be a prototype, so don't expect perfection right away.”

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