The Busy Gal's Guide To Pin-Worthy Parties

We know the familiar party-planning conundrum: You want to host a first-class soirée, but the planning feels like taking on a second job. Well, that’s where we come in! In partnership with Boursin® Cheese, we made a comprehensive guide to hosting a Pin-worthy party that even you busy bees can pull off. From the smartest wine and cheese pairing to not-so-awkward icebreakers that make for great conversation, these entertaining tips are sure to wow your guests — without tuckering you out.

Pssst: To make it even easier to apply these nifty tips, check out our Pinterest board dedicated to the topic! Plus, wherever you see the Pinterest logo in this guide, you can pin that image directly to your personal boards.

Now, onto the party! Click on the buttons below to skip to a section, or scroll on for a comprehensive guide.

Chapter 1: Hosting Tips, Tricks + Etiquette
Chapter 2: 3 Recipes to Elevate Your Party Menu
Chapter 3: Cocktail Party Tips From an Expert
Chapter 4: Food + Wine Pairing for a Simpler Shopping List
Chapter 5: Not Your Grandma's Tablescape
Chapter 6: Photo Op — Instant Film Party Garland

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Hosting Tips

First up: Tricks that'll earn you a Hostess-With-the-Mostess badge. We asked B+C staffers to share their can’t-lose tips for a next-level party. Check it out!

Pssst: Pin these individual tips straight from our Pinterest board, or hover over the image above to pin them all at once!

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Recipes

It’s time to take your menu up a notch. Try these epic Boursin® Cheese recipes to elevate your festivities in no time.

Pro Tip: Make sure your food table is somewhere everyone can easily access! With recipes like these, people will be hangin' by the appetizers all party long :)

To pin individual cards of the recipes, check out these links:

Grilled Peach + Prosciutto Crostini

Cheese-Stuffed Mini Peppers

Pepper Jam Topped Boursin® Cheese

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Cocktail Party 101

Ready to take your hosting skills to the next level? Check out our FREE online class, How to Throw a Charming Cocktail Party! In partnership with Boursin, this class covers the need-to-knows for your next cocktail party. Peek at the teaser below!

Taught by entertaining extraordinaire, Eden Passante of Sugar + Charm, this course will cover cocktail party essentials, such as building custom cocktails for guests and styling your appetizers like a pro. Between the class and this guide, you’ll be able to host your next party in your sleep.

Enroll for free!

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Food + Wine Pairing

Simplify your drink menu — and thereby your shopping list — by picking up a few wines that will pair with multiple party dishes. Pin this handy guide for an easy breezy grocery trip.

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Tablescape

Ah, the ever-intimidating tablescape. Have no fear: Table setting is not the stuffy affair it used to be. Nowadays, simplicity and comfort are key. Check out the video for five brilliant tips for setting a Pin-worthy table without breaking a sweat.

Pssst! Pin this handy blueprint below to make your tablescape-ing a cinch when it’s party time.

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Photo Op

You didn’t think you’d get through a B+C party post without mention of a photo op, did you? Whether it’s a birthday bash or a just-because brunch, make the memories (and amazing decorations!) last with this simple DIY instant film garland. Think of it as the modern guestbook.

There you have it: A comprehensive guide to hosting the best party ever, even if you’re short on spare time. Party on, busy bees!

Putting these party tricks to use? We want to see the results! Share pics of your own Pin-Worthy party on Instagram and tag #britstagram and #madetowow so we can take a peek.

This post was paid for by Boursin® Cheese.

Author: Maddie Bachelder

Production + Styling: Alonna Morrison, Maddie Bachelder, Kayla Haykin, Amanda Anselmino

Photography: Brittany Griffin

Video Production: Alonna Morrison, Michael Sullivan, Ryan Shelley, Christine Smith, Morgan Brasfield

Design: Marisa Kumtong

Models: Sonya Sachdeva, Rebecca Fong, Cassidy Miller, Kayla Haykin

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