Last week we had a party to celebrate the AphroChic feature in Lucky Magazine. It was a “Lucky Party!” and a wonderful time to celebrate with friends who have supported my husband and I since the very beginning of our endeavor to start our own shop. I thought I would share a few photos from the party, as well as some of my favorite tips on hosting the perfect bash.
Tip #1: Create a show space. We wanted to have an intimate gathering with close friends, so it was perfect to host it at home. And while my home definitely has a lot of AphroChic style, it is not a show space. To make the space reflect our brand we swapped many of my pink accent pieces for yellow, white and gray accessories to match the AphroChic color palette. We also filled the space with lots of photos from the collection, and of course decorated with lots and lots of AphroChic pillows.
Tip #2: Enlist your friends. While I love to host parties, I am not the kind of gal who will cook all day for the big bash, and I am definitely not gifted with flowers. So, when I needed to find a great caterer and florist, I looked no further than my friends. All of our food was catered by a friend who happens to be an incredible chef. And the beautiful floral arrangements that we had throughout the space were whipped by a friend who is a med student by day, and a gifted florist on the weekends. Aren’t they gorgeous?
Tip #3: Don’t be afraid of change. I constantly have to remind myself that change is good. At home I love my little nest just the way it is, but sometimes to accommodate guests you do have to make a few changes. The shelving above, which usually houses family photos and my favorite knick knacks, was transformed into a bar to welcome our guests. The top shelf had candles aglow, and the second shelf was filled with glasses perfect for the homemade sangria and wine that we served at the party.
Tip #4: Send guests home with something special. It was a Lucky party, and so of course each guest went home with a copy of the February issue of Lucky Magazine. An AphroChic business card was attached with a paper clip that marked page 52, the page our pillow is on! I even had a few friends ask me to sign the page. They made me feel like a star!
Finally, the most important part of any party is to have lots of fun, and we definitely did. My husband set up a wonderful music playlist and slideshow using our PS3 (I know, can you believe it!). And with good food and good company, the party was a definite success.