Your party should be a reflection of you, so choose a theme that makes you feel bright and alive.
Exaggerate a single element - if pink's your theme color, scatter pink balloons about the house or fill vases with pink roses; greet arrivals with a rosy drink.
For a Mexican Fiesta, place a different piñata on the food table in every room; serve drinks in margarita glasses.
Remember to look at the whole picture - lighting, texture, scale and progression (such as pots of flowers lining the front walk).
These party decorating ideas for success can help get the party started.
Fill your home with background music that's appropriate for the party's theme: classical for sit-down dinner parties, salsa for spirited celebrations.
The senses should be tickled by imaginative surprises: a centerpiece that soars above the buffet table, glitter scattered along a walkway, gardenias floating in glass bowls.
Simple touches like these can add a festive note that guests detect even before you open the door to welcome them inside.
And remember - you'll enjoy yourself and your guests more if you finish incorporating these party decorating ideas well in advance of party time.