Party Planning

As an undercover goth who has spent many mornings trying to not always wear black, Halloween is by far my favourite time of year. I idolised Wednesday Addams as a kid and still remember the glorious day, aged 15, when after much cajoling my mum let me take the train from Leighton Buzzard to Euston so I could go to Camden and buy a spiked collar choker. Yeah!
Having worked in events for several years before embarking upon my journalistic career, I thought I knew everything there was to be known about planning a party. Where to hold it, what to serve, who to invite and how to entertain them.
Organising a wedding is no easy task. No matter how many people you are inviting - be it 50 or 350 - you're guaranteed a certain level of stressful situations. Have you ordered the flowers for your bridesmaids? Have you sorted the table centres? Will your mother-in-law like your colour scheme?
I've often said that planning a party sorts the men from the boys. It's either a total shambles, with relations strained and blood shed; or as easy as, well, organising a piss up in a brewery. And as a barman working in bars that sees every single type of party, I've been privy to a few 'do's (and the very definition of don'ts) in my time.
I recently hosted a star-studded private dinner party at Boy George's house which was incredible, if not slightly overwhelming! I was rather star struck on the night but thoroughly enjoyed being back in the kitchen cooking delicious, healthy food.
Christmas parties and nights out can often end up costing a fortune in pre-party preparations alone, with salon appointments for beauty treatments and other general pampering often taking up a large chunk of your budget.
The pictures are, frankly, nauseatingly middle class. I am loath to bang on the class drum again (as I feel the Middletons have had enough of all that in the past) but she hasn't helped herself here at all.
The Queen's 60th year as monarch and a four day weekend only means one thing: this June, it's time to throw a party.
If you've invited your entire list of Facebook friends over for a Halloween party but are now panicking because you've done