You don’t need to jump through hoops or over hurdles to throw an unforgettable party, says Seri Kertzner and Michelle Bachman of NYC-based Little Miss Party. Along with party planning, the pair offers a line of entertaining solutions called Little Miss Party in a Box: themed sets of handmade utensils, décor, favors—you name it, which, altogether, create the effect of a thought-out motif ($59 to $199). Here, Kertzner and Bachman offer tips for three party types:
Baby shower: Frame baby pictures of the parents-to-be—this is always a sentimental touch and an easy way to decorate.
Engagement: Small flowering plants make beautiful favors for your guests to take home.
Child’s birthday: If your child is old enough, involve him or her in the planning—your kid has more ideas than you think!