3 Tips for Throwing a Perfect Party!

Let’s be honest here, I definitely fancy myself as a ‘hostess with the mostest.’ I love holding gatherings of any sort. Despite being in college, I’m not big on partying in the way a lot of my friends are, but tasteful dinner parties? They’re my jam! And they’re made even better when phenomenal women are on the guest list.
If you have been hanging out here for a while, you might know that I am one of Lean Cuisine’s Phenomenal Ambassadors and in this post I’m sharing my best tips for throwing a great party. I have been working with Lean Cuisine to promote fab women for the past few months, so I was thrilled to be able to host a party celebrating just a few of the great women in my life. My time as an ambassador has really allowed me to think about and appreciate how lucky I am to be surrounded by great women, and it’s definitely sparked me to strive to be more phenomenal myself. IMG_8455
I’m Morgan, and I’ll be your hostess today.
Throwing a party was a really exciting way to celebrate the leading ladies in my life, and it was really easy and stress free! If you come up with a plan before hand and keep a few guidelines in mind, throwing a small bash should go off without a hitch!

Figure out the guest list. I’m no pro when it comes to huge soirees, but I can definitely rock the mid-sized party. My biggest piece of advice is don’t bite off more than you can chew – because that is stressful. I like a more intimate gathering for two reasons: logistics are easier and it’s more suitable for socializing as the hostess rather than running around making sure everyone is happy.  IMG_8457Food is a must. Whether you’re providing a full dinner or just  some snacks to keep everyone content, it’s not a party without food! Lean Cuisine was kind enough to provide food from their Marketplace line for my friends and I and I loved how that turned out. We all were able to choose exactly what we wanted (dietary restrictions in mind!) and we enjoyed a great meal. I did a little mixing and matching and ate the Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese (my ultimate favorite!) with some Pomegranate Chicken, too!

There’s also Sweet And Spicy Korean-Style Beef and Spicy Beef and Bean EnchiladaLean Cuisine has recently reorganized into sub-lines that make choosing your meal a breeze: Marketplace for chef-inspired recipes, Craveables for more indulgent, casual dishes, Comfort for the classic home-cooked comfort food, and Favorites for the classic fan favorites. Here is the Lean Cuisine product locator so that you can see where exactly they sell these specific dishes in your area!

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Liven things up with decor! Now you don’t need to go all out with this, I’ve got my candy dishes and a few fairy lights up in the background and that in itself created a festive mood! A few things that you might want to consider is cleanliness (you want to make an inviting atmosphere!), seating so that everyone is comfortable, and setting the vibes of the party with music and lighting.

Throwing parties can be stressful – but if you just keep a few things in mind you can really simplify things! As long as you’re not over committing to elaborate dreams of Gatsby-esque parties, you should be fine so long as you are in good company! You can also connect with Lean Cuisine on Facebook and TwitterWith the holidays coming up, are you planning any fun group parties anytime soon? Who are the phenomenal women in your life?

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  • Rebecca Kath

    Oh my goodness, I just love having parties and thanks so much for all the amazing tips for this years winter get together!!

    • Parties are the best! And absolutely! i hope you are able to use some of them!

  • mami2jcn

    My godmother was a phenomenal lady (she has since passed away). She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, wife, and friend.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

    • I am happy you were able to have such a phenomenal woman in your life!

  • mami2jcn

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/657301685572911104

  • Julie Wood

    I will be having Thanksgiving and Christmas with the phenomenal women in my life and that is my 3 sisters and their families ! We do everything together and have so much fun when we are together! They are my best friends for helping me get through so many tough things.

    email jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

    • That is so amazing that you guys are so close and able to do so much together! I hope your holiday season is amazing!

  • Julie Wood

    Tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/657303668232839168

    email jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

  • I will probably go to a friend’s cookie exchange, but I am not planning any parties of my own. My mom is a phenomenal woman. She always thinks of others and is there when I need her.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

    • Cookie exchanges are the best!! You’ve got me motivated to plan one now!

  • Natalie

    We will probably be hosting a tree decorating party. The most phenomenal woman in my life is hands down my mom. She has sacrificed so much for me and demonstrated incredible strength and patience even at my worst. I love her more than words can describe! yarbr012@gmail.com

    • A tree decorating party?? That sounds so fun! And your mom sounds amazing, I am so happy for you that you’ve got such an incredible woman in your life!

  • Natalie
  • JessieC

    I am planning some dinner parties with friends and family. Both my grandmother and mother are the phenomenal women in my life. I learn to be strong and caring from them.

    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  • JessieC

    tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/658124333965967360

  • I think having a theme can really help too. One year we had a pumpkin party, where everyone brought a pumpkin related food or drink. It was amazing!!

    Cassie
    My Pop of Color

  • Elle

    I am hosting a Fall/Thanksgiving themed party towards the end of November for some family and close friends. I am having a fun time planning it.
    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

  • Elle
  • margaretsmith

    My 96 year old Aunt is the amazing woman in my life. She was a nurse in
    WWII, a college professor, traveled the world. She’s just amazing.
    Thanks so much.

  • margaretsmith

    I tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/peg42/status/662078594336821249 Thanks again.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  • bellagirl07

    The phenomenal women in my life are my mother and my best friend. They are brave and strong and I admire them for that.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

  • Lisa Brown

    I don;t have any parties coming up. My mother is a great woman and great friend.

  • Lisa Brown

    tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/662235955596648448

  • Stephanie Phelps

    We are planning a nice family dinner for the holidays and My Aunt and my mo are the phenomenal woman in my life! With my aunt even after a stroke that left her partially
    paralyzed it did not get her down!

  • Stephanie Phelps
  • D Schmidt

    We are planning some parties for friends, my Mother is the phenomenal woman in my life but she lives overseas so the holidays are bittersweet

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

  • D Schmidt
  • Elena

    I don’t have any parties planned. My grandma is the phenomenal woman in my life
    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

  • Elena
  • sandra

    my sisters are phenomenal

  • Angel Jacklyn
  • Angel Jacklyn

    Nothing planned yet, but all the women in my family are phenomenal afjackly@oakland.edu

  • maria cantu

    The phenomenal woman in my life is my sister-in-law who is a breast cancer survivor.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

  • Rebecca W

    I love my mother in law. We cook together and watch old movies together.

  • Rebecca W
  • Wild Orchid

    My mom is a phenomenal woman in my life. She raise me to be the decent and independent woman that I am today!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  • Wild Orchid

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/664500598511960064

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  • Kerry

    We will have a lot of family parties coming up. My mom and grandmothers are the phenomenal women in my life! My grandmothers are no longer living – but they had a great impact on my life.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

  • Kerry

    tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/664533228854878209
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

  • Kim Henrichs

    I’ll be throwing a “congratulations on your amazing new job” party for my phenomenal best friend in December!!

  • Kim Henrichs
  • AngelaLilly

    Not planning anything for the holidays other than spending lots of time with my partner and cats, just the way I like it! hahahaha As for phenomenal women, most of them are dead. Sad, eh? My grandmothers were amazing.

    Angie

    14earth at gmail dot com

  • AngelaLilly

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/664812073893945347

    Angie

    14earth at gmail dot com

  • shellypeterson

    I will be having some small get together’s for the Holidays. My Mom and Grandmother(who has passed) are the most phenomenal woman in my life. Both very caring and strong Women.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  • shellypeterson

    tweeted https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/665104317884444673
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  • Ellie W

    We will have a large family holiday party at my sister-in-law’s house this year.

    One of my best and long time friends is a hospice nurse. The work she does inspires me to appreciate life and not take a single day for granted. She is a phenomenal woman in my life.

    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  • Ellie W
  • Susan Smith

    We will be getting together with our families for Christmas. My Mom is a phenomenal woman as she has always been there for me.

    s2s2 at cox dot net

  • Susan Smith
  • AmandaSakovitz

    My mom is the phenomenal woman in my life
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  • AmandaSakovitz
  • bellows22

    i don’t have any upcoming parties planned – phenomenal women in my life are my mom, mother in law and my daughter

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  • bellows22

    i posted a tweet here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/665531929446453248

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  • erica best

    My mom is a phenomenal woman.

  • erica best
  • Thanksgiving is coming up, of course, and I’m thankful to spend it with the most phenomenal women I know, including my mom and grandmothers.
    pixelberrypie at yahoo dot com

  • Bert

    I plan to celebrate the HOLYdays with my family. The most phenomenal women in my life are my mom and my wife
    iamdadtastic@gmail.com

  • Bert
  • Thomas Murphy

    I am having a party with my family. My mom is the phenomenal woman in my life.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  • Thomas Murphy
  • The phenomenal women in my life are my daughter, mom, stepmom, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law and my best girl friends!

  • Denise L

    One of my most favorite phenomenal women is my best friend Julie. We’re not planning a group party, but do plan a girls’ night every month.
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

  • Denise L
  • Whitney Lynn Bellows

    My mom because she is awesome and always helps me. wlbellows at gmail dot com

  • Whitney Lynn Bellows

    I sent out a tweet: https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/666077248038961152 wlbellows at gmail dot com