taste everything, Bailey asserts. “Everything looks wonderful on paper, or pretty in design, but is it to your taste?” A good caterer or restaurant will oblige that request. But if you don’t ask, says Bailey, they won’t offer.
BAILEY’S ULTIMATE PARTY SUGGESTIONS
The element of surprise is the most enchanting aspect of a party. And for it to be truly memorable, creativity is required. “You have to be clever with surprises. Many of my clients have everything and they’ve seen everything.” Bailey does, however, offer two suggestions.
- Destination surprise: “Tell 10 to 20 of your closest friends to meet you at the airport with a bag packed for the weekend with warm-weather or cold-weather clothing, and take them to a wonderful all-inclusive resort. In their rooms they should be greeted with flowers and a tote bag which contains an itinerary and all the items they will need to enjoy their stay.”
- Transformation surprise: “This can work well with a small or large group. On a more intimate scale, we’ve totally gone in and transformed a house, creating different color schemes, adding columns, putting up retractable walls and temporary floors, surprising a spouse, family members, or close friends on their return for the party. On a larger scale, we’ve taken tents and created glass houses within them, or taken a stodgy ballroom and created a nightclub or dance club atmosphere.”
Look for Preston Bailey’s Design for Entertaining: Inspiration for Creating the Party of Your Dreams (Bulfinch Press, $45) written with Marie Timell. Contact Bailey’s office at 212-691-6777.