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Jan 27, 201609:10 AM
Bon Vivant

Design, entertaining and good living with New Orleans Bride and Homes & Lifestyles editor Melanie Warner Spencer

Party Primer

Tips for hosts and guests for being prepped and peppy throughout Carnival season

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For residents of New Orleans — especially those living on or near the parade routes — Carnival is a time for both planned and impromptu parties, hosting out of town guests and constantly reminding ourselves it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Since launching Bon Vivant, I’ve written several posts about entertaining, hosting and doing a few little things for yourself to maintain sanity and serenity throughout the season. Click through the links for tips and tricks that’ll get you to Ash Wednesday in one piece, whether you are the host or the guest. 

 

 

Host family and friends comfortably, even if you don’t have a guest room 
Provisional Lodging: Creating warm and inviting temporary guest accommodations

 

Set the tone for out of town guests
Well Received: Greet guests with a welcome reception steeped in local sounds, scents and flavors

 

Be a tip-top houseguest 
House Rules: The art of being a great overnight houseguest

 

Expert gifting for guests
Don’t Show Up Empty Handed: Hostess gifts to get you invited back again and again

 

Avoid Carnival food and drink dilemmas
Provisional Lodging: Creating warm and inviting temporary guest accommodations

 

Gear up for the day with a little alone time
Hotel Style: Create a bedside coffee station for a decadent wakeup call 

 

Happy Carnival and laissez les bons temps rouler! 

 

 

Do you have a tried-and-true hosting or guest tip? Share in the comments or email Melanie@MyNewOrleans.Com. 

 

 

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Bon Vivant

Design, entertaining and good living with New Orleans Bride and Homes & Lifestyles editor Melanie Warner Spencer

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Melanie Warner Spencer is a native Kentuckian, but says she got to New Orleans as fast as she could. For more than 16 years, Melanie has covered lifestyle, design and entertainment at various publications, serving as the design columnist at The Austin American-Statesman, a senior staff reporter at the Houston Chronicle and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Houston Brides magazine. Her work also has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post and Reuters in the United States and across the globe. In her spare time, Melanie is an award-winning fine art photographer and has been honored by the Texas Press Association for her editorial photography. She also has been honored by the Press Club of New Orleans for its Excellence in Journalism Awards and is currently serving as a media member of the board of directors. Cooking and eating fabulous food and taking road trips with her spouse of 16 years, fellow writer and filmmaker Mark Patrick Spencer however, is at the top of her list of favorite pastimes. Click here to like Spencer's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter @MelanieSpencer. 

 

You can reach her at melanie@myneworleans.com.

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