How to Throw the Best Summer Parties

By Leslie Goldman

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Goody bags

Oh, Goody!

Goody bags aren't just for kids. "When I give a party, I like it to feel like a gift to people," says lifestyle expert Dawn Bryan, author of The Art and Etiquette of Gift Giving. "I want them to feel special." That includes sending guests home with a small memento. It can be related to your theme: Wrap up a Fourth of July bash with red, white, or blue bandannas; send baby shower guests home with mini flower pots filled with shower color M&Ms; show BBQ guests the door with a small tube of sunblock or mini citronella candles.

A more general goody bag suggestion: Fill a large basket with fresh bagels, croissants, donuts, and individual boxes of cereal and place it near the front door, alongside a stack of the next morning's newspaper or a weekly magazine. Guests can grab their Sunday brunch on their way out Saturday night!

Dawn Bryan,

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