Throwing a party is a perfect excuse to go all out and decorate to your heart’s content. While parties differ greatly from theme to theme, here are four components of throwing the perfect soiree: 

1. Save the Dates

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Save the dates are a fun way to give people a heads-up that you are planning a fun party and that they should block out an evening to join. They’re also a time to get really creative and to set the theme for the party! Minted is a perfect place to design and order some save the dates. It’s easy, quick and very, very customizable.

2. Music


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Online streaming services like Pandora and Spotify are really great ways to have a wide variety of music for a party. You can even make playlists so that you don’t have to mess with the music all night. But if worrying about the music is something you like to do, nothing says party music like some classic records! Plus, a record player like the one above is a beautiful addition to any room.

3. Food + Drink

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If there’s no food there’s no party! You can keep party snacks as simple as bowls of nuts and chocolates or go as fancy as having charcuterie boards. Whatever you do, make sure your guests have a little something to tide them over while they have some nice libations. Speaking of, a great party always offers a good selection of drinks. Bonus points if you have drink-specific glassware.

4. Flowers

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If you’re going to throw a party fancy enough for save the dates, you’ve got to have some flowers! Mason jars are an inexpensive and adorable way to showcase the seasonal flora.

Whether it’s a Valentine’s Day girl’s party or a birthday soiree, these five components will only make your bash better.

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