Timing is key
Time the event closely to your Big Reveal. The longer you wait, the more you will have to do to get the spaces looking as you had intended instead of how your client is living in them. Yes, you’ll have to gently remove your clients’ additions, clean, restyle, and set up for the event. Keep the party close to the Reveal, and you’ll save a few hours.
Send invitations by both email and snail mail, when your client provides the addresses. Make these classy, well branded, and tempting. Mention wine and appetizers, a signature cocktail, and nibbles. Or, you can even make this a bloody mary bar and breakfast bites for brunch.
For wine and spirits, contact a local merchant and negotiate a discount. They want your market, and you can form a profitable partnership. You can do the same with a quality local caterer on the appetizers or bites. And always invite the proprietor to serve, supervise, and meet the guests.