How to Plan the Perfect Party

With the holiday season upon us, there's no shortage of reasons to throw a party, but you also don't need a large-scale holiday to put together a fun bash
Celebrity event planner Linnea Johansson talks the ideal party and how to create it.

If you've recently purchased some new luxury real estate, throw a house warming party, or even if you want to organize a fun celebration to commemorate your new puppy, do it. There are plenty of reasons to celebrate in your daily life so instead of waiting for someone else to find an excuse to party, why don't you beat them to it?

Check out  Johansson's tips here!

One of the first steps to any good party is some creative planning. Figure out how many people you plan on inviting because the number definitely matters. If the group is under 25, maybe start setting things in motion four weeks early, but if it's going to be any bigger, make sure to give yourself much more time than a mere month. There's tons of little details most of us never even consider, but thankfully, New York party planner Linnea Johansson has us covered.[slideshow:481057]

She's helped tons of A-list celebrities (like Paris Hilton, Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Rachel Zoe, Justin Timberlake, and Julianne Moore) to make fantastic cooking and entertaining events, so we're excited to share some of her wisdom with you. Within her book "Perfect Parties", Johansson tells us everything we need to know about creating something fun and memorable for our friends and family.

For example, did you know that specific foods should only be served at certain times? If you plan on throwing a breakfast bash, it should be between 9 and 11 a.m., brunch or lunch is from 11 to 1 p.m., a tea party falls in between 2 and 4 p.m., cocktail parties should be 5 to 9 p.m., and a dinner or buffet party should be fall somewhere between 6 and 9 p.m. 

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