Six Awesome ways to greet your guests!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CANDI NOBLE

This post is sponsored by Evite®.

I am so excited to finally be sharing MINT’s six favorite ways to greet your guests!  I have been wanting to write about this, and I think now is the perfect time.

As a party stylist, I always get the same question from my clients: “How can I make sure my guests will feel greeted?”. To this, my answer always is…

"Start with the invitation!"

For this blog post, I am going to walk you through how I incorporated these six ways into my niece’s 10th birthday party. 

 Find out how to greet your guests at a birthday party by starting with the invitation design / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyinvitation #partyideas #partyinspiration

1.Invitation

As I mentioned above, I always think the invitation is the first thing you need to work on when planning your party.  The invitation really sets up not only the theme, but also the mood and style of the party you are going to host.  The invitation should always be one that appeals to you the most; the one that makes YOU excited about YOUR party.  

For that purpose, Evite® has got you covered with a lot of fun and beautiful invitations, and with Evite's new Annual Premium Pass, you can get unlimited access to exclusive invitations all year long, for one price. 

How awesome is that?

With kids in the family, we’re planning multiple events a year – kids birthdays, holiday parties, dinner events… And I love knowing that I can pick as many pretty Premium invitations for all of our special events with the new pass.

 Going back to Sophia, my niece, she didn’t want to host a “themed” party, so we decided to think about what her favorite things were in hopes of finding something to be inspired by so we could start planning the party.  

She absolutely loves confetti and colors, so those two things became the foundation our party theme.            

For that, this Premium Evite® invitation below shown was perfect. The mix of fun colors and confetti on the cake made my niece really excited, so that's when I knew we picked out the right one: the one that made HER excited about her party!

 See how this birthday cake with sprinkles invitation from Evite set the stage for the birthday party inspiration / Party Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyinvitation #partyideas #partyinspiration #birthdayinvitation

2. Welcoming the Guests

Once the Evite® invitation was sent out, we started planning how we would welcome her friends when they arrived at her house.

 Sophia is such a sweet little girl, and for some reason she loves watching her mom restore old furniture, so when I told her that we could use items around the house to set up a little welcome area, she was overjoyed! She brought down a chair that she has in her bedroom which her mom had painted a cute coral-pink color.  We tied a blue polka-dot balloon and added some paper chains to the balloon string. We also wrapped some empty boxes with cute wrapping paper and a white bow and topped it off with a party hat. Lastly, we precut some letters by hand and made a banner saying, “Welcome to my Party”.  

You don’t have to spend a lot money on this, but it definitely makes your guests excited about the party as soon as they arrive.

 Make guests feel welcome when coming to your party with a sweet painted chair to hold presents with a welcome to my party sign on the wall / Come see the Birthday Party Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #birthdayballoon

3. Choose the right desserts

When choosing the right desserts, think about your guests. Am I serving the best options for them?  Because let’s face it, no matter the occasion you are celebrating, what age you are turning, or if you are vegan or gluten free, we all want to know what’s for dessert.

So, don’t be shy and ask your guests...  Are there any food allergies? Or special dietary restrictions? 

If not, go ahead and get anything you want...  I always like to tell my clients that I prefer variety over quantity when talking about desserts.

For this specific party we only had one guest that needed gluten-free desserts.  We asked the little girl's mom to show us where we could get some yummy gluten free cupcakes and she pointed us to the perfect bakery where she always gets her own. 

The little girl’s mom was so surprised to hear us asking where we could buy the gluten free cupcakes for her daughter! She said that no one had ever paid attention to her daughter's needs at a party! She felt so welcome and cared for... I would say that both mom and her little girl felt so special! 

I do want to say that this was a party for 10 girls and that made it easier for us to go into that amount of detail. It won’t be easy if you are hosting a big event like a wedding, but whenever your event is small and you can easily make things happen, why not go an extra mile to  make sure your guests feel invited?

We offered a cake that was totally inspired by Evite®'s invitation, some regular and gluten free cupcakes, cake pops and macaroons.

 A birthday party cake that was inspired by the birthday party invitation - complete with sprinkles and Happy Birthday letter candles / Click to see even more surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partydesserts #birthdaycake
 Pretty vanilla and chocolate birthday party cupcakes topped with sprinkles / Come see the Birthday Party Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partydesserts #birthdaycupcakes
 Birthday Party Cake Pops presented on a hat box instead of the typical cake stand / Click to see even more surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partydesserts #cakepops #partydessert

4. Enjoy the day of the party

I know, I know... You are going to say, "How can you enjoy the day of the party when you have a ton of last-minute things to do?!", right?  Well my friend, it all goes back to good planning or hiring help, but regardless if you are a good or bad planner, or if you will or will not hire someone to do it all for you, your attitude is so important!

Sophia was already very excited the day of the party, so she didn’t have to worry about anything, but the adults were running getting the house ready. 

Running around like crazy trying to get everything under control is no fun! Just try to ENJOY IT!!  Your family and friends will appreciate a good attitude and smiles! Take a deep breath and think about the fact that the purpose of celebrating with friends is to share a good time, laugh a lot and be surrounded by good company. 

Enjoy preparing and decorating every detail, I will assure you that the party will go smoother and that the positive attitude will pass along to the guests.

 Have fun setting up for the birthday party - enjoy preparing and decorating every detail / Be sure to click for more surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partytable #tabledecor #tabledecorations #partystyling
 Don't forget to enjoy preparing and decorating every detail of your parties / Be sure to click for more surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partytable #tabledecor #tabledecorations #partystyling
 Have fun preparing and decorating every detail of your parties - including a little sprinkling of sprinkles on the cupcakes / See more ideas on the blog for surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partydessert #birthdaycupcakes #partycupcakes #cupcakes

5. Decorations and the unexpected

As a party stylist, I cannot deny that I always LOVE to see a well decorated party and I truly think that guests LOVE it too. And here I am going to repeat that you really don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your party look pretty. 

A little bit of pre-work can make it look gorgeous.  

For this party I hand-cut triangle banners out of some cute wrapping paper that I happened to have at home and that matched the Evite®'s invitation perfectly! It also happened to be double-sided, so I got two designs in one!

I found this adorable letter banner that said “PARTY TIME”, and 

I also got some blue cardstock paper and cut some little rectangles and sewed them together to create the banner.

 Find out how to create the cutest birthday party banners with wrapping paper / See more birthday party ideas on the blog along with surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partydessert #birthdaybanner #partydecor #partybanners #partydecorations

I also added more banners to the rim of the table.

 Decorate your party table with banners created from wrapping paper / Find out how to create the cutest birthday party banners with wrapping paper / See more birthday party ideas on the blog along with surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partydessert #birthdaybanner #partydecor #partybanners #partydecorations

Take a look at the cake's candles – they perfectly match Evite®'s invitation graphic.

Another great detail, right?

 Fun way to create a birthday party theme is to start with the invitation and design the party around that / Click for lots more birthday party ideas on the blog along with surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partyinvitation #birthdayinvitation
 Create your birthday party cake to match the birthday cake that's featured on the party invitation. A fun party idea to bring the design from invitation to the party / More birthday party ideas are on the blog along with surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partycake #birthdaycake

I love the unexpected details!  They make any celebration more memorable and you keep the surprises coming throughout the party. Let’s take a look...

Instead of regular cups, I used mini glass bottles and added 2 straws instead of one, then used a yellow cupcake wrapper to hold the bottle...  How cute is that!

 Unexpected details are fun for your guests - like this drink glass with two straws and a cupcake liner coaster / Click for more birthday party ideas on the blog along with surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partydrinks #partydetails
 It's so fun to have unexpected details for your guests - like this drink glass that features two straws and a cupcake liner coaster / Click for more birthday party ideas on the blog along with surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partydrinks #partydetails

Another thing that was unexpected and that worked well with the 10-year-old girls was the addition of party horns, party hats and candy wands!  The girls remembered using these items when they were little! So nostalgic and fun!

Whenever hosting an event, think about which items you can come up with that will be in line with your guests and your party.

 Create a fun party table centerpiece with paper banners and bunting as the table runner / Be sure to click for more surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partytable #tabledecor #tabledecorations
 Surprise party guests with a fun table set with layered plates, paper garlands as the table runner and drink glasses with color matching straws / Be sure to click for more surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partytable #tabledecor #tabledecorations

6. Sending your guests home with a nice Thank You bag.

Let the party continue, even if the party is over!  

We prepared some paper bags and stamped the word "THANKS" on a white piece of paper then glued it to the bags.  We filled them up with stickers, mini gel pens, mini notebooks, and some cute erasers as well! I used a pink galvanized tray to hold them.

 Present your party favors with fun polka dot paper bags with cute flags attached to the thank you tag / Be sure to click for more surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partyfavors #favorbags #thankyougifts

I hope you all enjoyed this blog post and that it will make it easier for you to greet your guests!

Believe me when I say that if you follow these tips, your parties will never be forgotten!

 It's Party Time with this girl birthday party dessert table set up - featuring patterned bunting and color matching desserts with a Party Time Banner / Click to see even more surprising ways to greet your guests at a Birthday Party / Styled by Carolina from MINT Event Design / www.minteventdesign.com #birthdayparty #partyideas #partyinspiration #partydesserts #cakepops #partydessert #desserttable #partybanners #birthdaycake

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Vendor Credits:

Desserts by: Dream Bakery 

Macarons by: Vel Cupcakes

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