Work out the guest list and gather names, emails, addresses and telephone numbers for everyone invited.
Choose paper invitations, design your own or use ours, and have them printed. If you’re planning a bridal shower, include any pertinent details on the invitation that relate to gift-giving. Include an RSVP date that’s at least 10 days prior to the event date.
at least 4 weeks out
Send out invitations.
2 weeks out
Choose games and/or icebreakers if you’re hosting a bridal shower. Create any documents needed.
Check your pantry and supplies, and shop for any vases, serveware, linens, dinnerware or glassware needed.
Begin planning a music playlist for the event - or, borrow from ours!
10 days out
Gather RSVPs and follow up with anyone who hasn’t been in touch. At this point, email reminders are fine.
Shop for any party favors, wrap and labels. Make sure you have a few extra just in case a guest who has declined can come at the last minute.
1 week out
Review recipes and make grocery list.
Rent any tables or chairs if necessary.
3 days out
Shop for groceries.
2 days out
Make lemon curd and refrigerate.
Make mint vinaigrette and refrigerate.
Make Bloody Marys and refrigerate.
Wash and dry salad greens and refrigerate.
Assemble salmon platter (excluding garnishes and bread), cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.
Prepare asparagus for roasting, wrap in a damp paper towel and refrigerate.
Chop macadamia nuts.
Cook sausage for strata and refrigerate.
Grate cheese for strata.
Set up for the party. Clean, decorate, arrange chairs, etc. Shop for flowers if necessary. For flower arranging tips watch our videos on creating stylish arrangements with Nico De Swert.
8 hours before
Chop mango and refrigerate.
Chop green onions and refrigerate.
Assemble parfaits and refrigerate.
Arrange flowers if using them.
2 hours before
Remove goat cheese from refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1 hour before
Add bread and garnishes to salmon platter and set out.
Assemble and bake strata; let cool for 10 to 15 minutes before covering with foil.
30 minutes before
Increase oven to 450 degrees.
Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl.
Toss salad with vinaigrette.
Relax, and get into the spirit of celebrating!
After the big day
For a bridal shower, choose a handful of great photos of the day and create an album to give to the bride.
Send thank-you notes to anyone who helped you make the event extra special.