9 Party Items for the New Year - Maddie G Designs

I am delighted that you all are enjoying this series! The next guest is Susie from MADDIE G DESIGNS. Susie is an interior designer (and blogger) based in Dallas and named her company after her daughter, Maddie. She was kind enough to share her 9 Party Items.

1. A Cocktail to start like an Italian Margarita RECIPE or a French Martini RECIPE

2. Monogrammed Cocktail Napkins like these from BELLA LINO 

3. Mini PHYLLO CUPS upgrade any dip to a passed hors d'oeuvre

4. A fun APRON

5. A fresh and seasonal CENTERPIECE

6. Think about seating before guests arrive and PLACE CARDS are the perfect touch

7. Good food goes without saying, but try making an unusual dessert to delight your guests like STICKY DATE PUDDING during the winter months 

Or PAVLOVA when the weather gets warmer

8. A successful party depends on the right people - so mix a good group of your friends and family.

9. Music sets the tone for any party. Susie likes ABORIGINAL TUNES for background music

Susie - Thank you for such fun tips! 


  1. Enjoyed this post! So many nice and beautiful ideas.
    Hav ea wonderful day, Kate.

  2. I would most definitely like an invitation to this party. Love the cocktails and napkins and the desserts look sublime!! YUM!!

  3. Thanks for including me...it was fun! My husband is Australian...hence the dessert and music selections....

  4. Looks like this is going to be a great party! The cocktail and all of the food looks so yummy!

  5. Oh what fun to see Susie's picks! I'm always a fan of beautiful linens and place cards. Will have to check into that music...and I love adding new dessert recipes to my reprotoire!!!

    xo Elizabeth

  6. Beautiful inspiration..my most successful parties have been those that included an interesting, if not electric group of people from all walks of life. I think it is people first and foremost that set the tone for a fabulous event or party, then when all these other gorgeous elements come togther it is pure magic.....nothing like a great party! That dessert has my mouth watering...yum!

  7. Beautiful post as always, great inspiration for the week...:))

  8. Love this series, Kate! Those cocktail napkins are adorable! xo

  9. Dollar Store
    nice post, thanks for sharing....

  10. Great tips, thanks... wondering if you know whether people ever hold dinner parties that also raise a little money for a good cause?