Tips for planning your next party

Amy Twitty is the mom and woman behind @livandhope on Instagram. She loves to "overshare" and says she tries to keep the balance of real moments and pretty pictures everyone loves. 

Here is what Amy says about her account: 

"For me it's about being in the moment and that's what I try and capture and share. Sometimes it's borderline funny, and sometimes it's a tear jerker, but that's life. Our family is very open about how we became a family through the amazing blessing of adoption. We have had tremendous support that rally behind us as we have gone through the ups and downs of this process. When we first started sharing on Instagram we didn't even think twice about it, it just felt right. And I'm so glad we have because it turns out we aren't alone. So many families face infertility and the options they have for growing their families."
 
Amy's party planning tips:
 
DO WHAT YOU DO BEST AND HIRE OUT THE REST. 
 
  • Stick with what you know. If you are a great baker, perfect!  Now is not the time to become a balloon artist. There are amazing and talented people out there, USE THEM!! Reach out to your neighborhood, use your contacts.  These are peoples skills and talents they want to put them use. 
  • Surround yourself with people who you can work well with but each bring strengths to the planning.  If it's organization, or décor, or budgeting use that as a benefit for your event or party.  
KEEP IT SIMPLE.  
 
  • Limit your time on Pinterest. Get ideas, pin your heart out and then cut it in 1/4 of what you actually pinned. Simplifying is easier for you and your guests won't know the difference.  
  • Use what you have.  I guarantee you that there are things around your house you can use for décor. 
 
TRY AND HAVE FUN. IT IS A PARTY AFTER ALL. 
  • It is essential to be prepared before the party.  Do you best to schedule out things prior to the day of the party.
  • You want to be your best the day of the party.  
  • Make lists and write everything down so you won't forget. 
  • Remember why you are doing this. If it's for your child's birthday party remember them, they are the reason you are doing this. It's their 8th birthday not yours.  If it's for an event, keep in mind that people are coming for a purpose. They at taking the time to be there so be present with them.  Take a deep breath before your first guest arrive.  
 
Follow Amy on Instagram @livandhope

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