Party plan like a pro

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You just pulled off (or are about to) the most important party of your life. Don't stop now—the celebrating has only just begun!

Brides magazine's wedding style director Maria McBride has a new book out, Party Basics for New Nesters, that guides newlyweds through their first year of wedded bliss with creative ways to entertain and celebrate with friends, family and each other. From party basics (stock your pantry and start writing those lists!) to inspired decor ideas and menu options, she's got it covered!

"Whether it's a Friday nights at home or an important holiday, birthday or anniversary, the more you celebrate together the easier it becomes," says McBride. Ready to get started? "Register for important party supplies—like extra cocktail glasses, service platters, candle holders, dinner plates and barware—to stock your pantry with basics so that you're ready to entertain anytime."

"When celebrating at home, incorporate many of the same elements you used for your wedding," says McBride. "Serve signature cocktails and easy-to-nibble hors d'oeuvres, and dress your table with monogrammed paper cocktail napkins and dozens of votives. Simple accents make any celebration more festive."

Meet the celebration stylist at her book signing on May 10, 12 p.m.–4 p.m. at Mariebelle chocolate shop in N.Y.C., 484 Broome St. (between West Broadway and Wooster).

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