Nothing inspires us more than the lure of a themed party, especially when hosted by an equally alluring hostess. So when Bradley Agather Means came to us for an all things leopard party, we couldn’t wait to see how one of our favorite Texas muses would serve up a POSH place setting. Surely you know Bradley from her perpetually striped and stylish lifestyle instagram and blog Luella & June or perhaps as a connoisseur of the best gift you never thought of as co-founder of Bisette. She’s always been at the top of our bookmarks for her fresh take on Southern life (and now motherhood!). We adore her fashionable take on a leopard theme. Of course, we had to ask for her best tips on effortless hosting.
1. Where did you learn to entertain?
My mom is the ultimate hostess. My love of entertaining (along with so many other things) stems from her. It’s also true what they say: practice makes perfect! The more you entertain, the better you - and your parties! - get.
2. What is your top tip for successful hostessing?
The most important thing to remember as a host is to relax. Even when everything isn’t perfect, just go with it. Guests always take cues from the host. If the host is having a great time, they will, too! (An open bar always helps, too!)
4. To theme or not to theme?
Of course, I love a theme. It’s always fun and a great way to tell a story with a party. With that said, sometimes the theme is just “damn good party” and that works, too!
6. Your dinner party playlist includes …
I rely on Lucy Wrubel for my playlists. She always gets it just right.
7. Signature drink:
8. How do you manage guest seating?
I like to mix it up. (I won’t seat you right next to your spouse, for example.) It keeps the conversation interesting.
9. Favorite hostess gift to give and receive?
I like to bring something for the host to enjoy the next morning: delicious coffee, fresh bread, or, my personal favorite, a bag of Model Bakery’s famous English muffins.
10. Go-to outfit for hosting?
Festive, but comfortable! I usually opt for a dress and a pair of flats.
Images courtesy of Avery Earl for Bradley Agather Means.