Party Tips: Debby of Inspired Designs

Debby is a fellow blogger (and style maven) based here in Boston. I love her style and am delighted that she agreed to share her favorite tips for entertaining. Be sure to check out her BLOG.

Favorite Cocktail:
When you have a large crowd the last thing you want to do is to be stuck behind the bar making each drink separately.  The solution? Here is a great recipe for the perfect holiday punch.   RECIPE

Favorite Recipe:
Ina Garten's Chicken with Herbed Goat Cheese RECIPE

Favorite Restaurants:
Debby loves LA FAMALGIA in Boston's historic North End district.  It is small and charming.  You can't beat the prices and the portions are enormous.

Debby's other favorite spot is LOLA 41 in Nantucket for it's chic ambiance.  They are known for their Lola Burger, which is considered one of the best in the country.

Favorite Party Sources:
POTTERY BARN'S 12 piece caterer's set in white is perfect for any occasion.  You can easily dress up the white plates by using chargers, linens, for any holiday.

PIER 1 is perfect for holiday parties with a large selection of fun and whimsical napkin rings, chargers, decorative items, etc.

Best Party Tips:
*Order a tiramisu (or another favorite dessert) ahead of time to have one less thing to worry about.  

*Candles, music and lighting can create ambiance.  Line the walk with candles to set the mood before the guests even ring the doorbell.

*Do as much as you can ahead of time so that you can just relax and enjoy your guests!

Thanks, Debby! These are the perfect ideas to kick off the holiday season.

Images: Bon Appetit, Recipe Tips


  1. Debby knows her parties! Everyone of these tips is stellar and I'm suddenly finding myself craving tiramasu.....perhaps b/c I haven't yet had breakfast!!!

  2. Thanks so much for having me here, Kate! It was fun sharing my party tips! xo

  3. Great tips, Debby! I can always look to you for great ideas and inspiration. You're sucj a classy woman :)

    Great ideas!!

  4. Well I expected some great tips from Debby, and she delivered!!
    Great post, Debby!

  5. Great tips Debby! You are always most inspiring ~ offering elegance ways and practical ideas - the punch and order the dessert both great ideas to save time and enjoy the party- that I'm sure many of us overlook!!! hugs ..HHL

  6. Love Inspired Design...thanks for the tips, Debby!!

  7. These tips make for an awesome party! Great job and tips Debby! XX

  8. Debby knows how to Inpire us with her Design and her party tips are wonderful! What's a party without Ina's delicious food and a fabulous punch? Happy weekend!

  9. Love your posts! Look forward to them every day!