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2013 Best.Party.Ever. with David Stark

David Stark, celebrity event planner, shares his secrets to creating the perfect holiday party. From DIYs to recipes to unique decorating ideas – we’re ready to party.

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2013 Best.Party.Ever. with David Stark

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David Stark's party planning check list

David Stark’s Party Planning Checklist | A Bullseye View

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  • chicaandjo

    A great list! For the holidays, we would suggest sending your invites 3-4 weeks ahead since it is such a busy time for everyone.

Party Palette: Work with shades of blue and icy silver hues; it will set the mood for your modern winter wonderland affair.

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Decorate: Make your mantel the focal part of your home by stacking gifts, lighting candles and hanging garland—all in icy hues.

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Decorate: Create a beautiful and snowy tablescape to inspire your guests.

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Recipe: Make a yummy igloo cake. It's so good your guests might give you an Eskimo kiss.

Snowy Igloo Cake

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Serious eye candy! Give your guest a delicious and fun treat with a candy bar decorated with white fir trees and reindeer.

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How-to: Customize a picture frame with your favorite gift wrap and use it as a serving tray.

Fun for guests: Create a happy photo booth backdrop by taping directly on a wall. Get ready for more than a few laughs and lots of hearts on Instagram!

How-to: This custom gelt bag favor works perfectly as a place card.

How-to: This gelt bag is easy to make and undeniably chic.

How-to: Add a snowflake ornament as party invitation surprise.

How-To: Update a simple, white napkin with an iron-on, snowy friend. Click for instructions.

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Use snowflake toothpicks to dress up your hors d'ouvres, just like these coconut "snowballs." So fun!

How-to: Add a touch of whimsy to your soirée. Adorn each glass with these skaters on "ice."

Music: We worked with Harley Viera-Newton to create a special holiday playlist that will make your party come alive. Copy and paste this link into your browser: open.spotify.com/...

Use candy to spell out your excitement around the holidays. It's fun for kids and adults.

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Create a sense of fun and tradition by hanging this advent calendar.

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A traditional gingerbread house, but with an icy blue look that's ideal for a winter wonderland.

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Recipe: Serve Peppermint White Russians this holiday season. Smooth, creamy and very buzz-worthy.

Peppermint White Russian

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How-to: Make a magical snowflake garland. It can transform a room from blah to beautiful.

Mark each place setting by writing your guest's name with a paint pen on the ornament of your choice and tie with ribbon.

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Ornaments are the ultimate holiday decoration and work beyond the Christmas tree. Just stick to one color palette.

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Cocktails: Make sure your champagne is kept well-chilled—keep several ice buckets like this one in cool hammered metal.

Threshold™ Hammered Metal Ice Bucket with Tongs

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Layer gold and red plates for a more elegant take on rustic. For an adorable touch, use child-sized mittens as placecard holders, just write each guest's name to a label and attach.

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A warm color palette creates a cozy holiday atmosphere.