Party Tips with Diane Kennedy

Tis the season for celebrating and I  love a good party like everyone else! Being a fashion designer, it only comes natural to me to be a bit of a Ms. DIY and I love to hold intimate gatherings at my home. I thought I’d share a few of my tried & true ways that help me enjoy a stress free evening.


I brought my gorgeous friend, Vanessa, into our studio to model a couple of outfits and demonstrate how easy it is to lay out a couple of eye catching spreads, while looking ready to mingle at the same time!

Self Serve Bar


Being a hostess doesn’t necessarily mean flitting from bar to guest like a hummingbird! Rather than spending all your mingling time handing out drinks, let your guest pour themselves one. People’s taste in drinks is very individual so it only makes sense as a host to let your guests have their own choice. It’s always fun to suggest a bottle share in your invite; It brings your guests together and who doesn’t love trying different things?


I suggest laying out an assortment of basic barware. Ice, Martini shakers and a jigger (a shot glass will also do in a pinch!) are a must. Along with a few garnishes like maraschino cherries, lemon & lime wedges.


It may be a little more work at the end of the night, but ditch the wasteful disposable cups and use real glassware. Who wants to drink out of plastic cups, anyway? I personally think mixing & matching glassware is a charming way to make sure no one accidentally grabs the wrong drink. Everyone’s got a unique glass!



Vanessa makes bartending look so easy in our Navy Flex PantCovet Zip & matching Fifth Avenue Cami!

Charcuterie Board

It’s not a party without finger foods and a charcuterie board is always a chic way to tempt your guests’ palate. They’re easy to put together and the combinations are endless.


To me, a basic charcuterie platter has a balance of flavours. Well suited with a glass of wine, I like to choose a variety of textures and flavours. I start with at least 2 meats & cheeses and build around them.


I like to choose accessible flavours; for this shoot, I chose a simple Parmesan salami & spicy soppresata and paired them with some crowd-pleasing double cream brie & cranberry wensleydale. The richness of these cheeses compliments the meats wonderfully.


and of course, no board is complete without bread, olive oil and bit of tart texture, compliments of an assortment of pickles & olives.


Balance out those sharp flavours & textures with a sweet fig chutney & some fresh grapes and she’s done! With her Merlot Opinion Wrap , Vanessa is definitely ready to go from Kitchen To Kardashian in no time!

I hope you enjoyed these little tips and I’d love to hear your party tips, too! How do you entertain your guests?

Diane Kennedy, eco-fashion, plus size clothing, made in canada,

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