Your party should be a reflection of you, so choose a festive theme that makes you feel bright and alive.
Exaggerate a single element - for example 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 can help get the party started.
Fill your home with background music that's appropriate for the party 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 into the festivities inside.
And remember - you'll enjoy yourself and your guests more if you finish well in advance of your guests' arrival time.