Hostess with the Mostess

http://www.hostessblog.com

{Modern & Stylish} inspiration for all of life's celebrations!

Jenn is a winner of Top 25 Party Plannin' Moms

What inspired you to start blogging?

When a lot of my friends suddenly started getting engaged & married back around 2003/2004, I always signed up to host or help with the the bridal showers and bachelorette parties and LOVED it. I didn't like most of the themes and party products that were most prevalent/typical back then (hearts and doves and wedding rings), so I started coming up with my own themes that were a little more playful and tailored to the guest of honor. I started to get a lot of calls and emails from guests after the parties, asking where I found this or how I made that. I was a graphic and web designer by day already, so I realized that if I just put everything online, I could easily direct people where to go to find ALL the answers regarding each party theme in one easy spot.

What are three distinctive features of your blog?

1. It's really all about the inspiring imagery. I try to provide a ton of visuals within each post so that people can get a great feel for the party at first glance, then dig into the detailed info if they want.
2. I try to feature a wide range of party themes... and love to work in some outside-the-box themes like Vintage Game themed cocktail parties or Kite-Inspired Weddings along with the traditional favorites like Superhero birthday parties and darling Bird-themed Baby Showers.
3. I often feature free party printables that readers can download and use in their own parties... everything from party signage to napkin rings to bottle wraps. It’s such a great feeling when readers send photos in that show the free downloads in use!

What is your favorite part of planning parties?

My favorite part is definitely brainstorming unique ways to bring the chosen party theme to life, so I guess you could call it the design phase. I'm a big believer in details and love dreaming up ideas for themed centerpieces, stationery, food presentation, photo booth props, food flags, glass garnishes, etc... and then seeing it all come together!