Harley Viera-Newton and Others Share Their Party Planning Tips

Oct 3, 2018

The weather has finally cooled off, which means one thing—it’s time to entertain at-home. Even with everything happening in the world, it’s always nice to find something to celebrate, whether big (or small). Before you start getting overwhelmed with the theme, logistics, etc. we gathered a dream team of a DJ, a mixologist and a party planner to make sure you next fete is your best yet. Consider this your ultimate party checklist!


Who: Harley Viera-Newton, DJ and Fashion Designer, @harleyvnewton

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Nothing gets the party started like a good playlist, right?! Beyond the décor, creating the right playlist should rank super high on your party planning checklist. We know you are busy, so Harley created an exclusive mix for The Mix readersBelow are a few more of her song selects to take the atmosphere from laid-back to lively:


1.     “Sound and Vision” – David Bowie

2.     “Hard to Explain” – The Strokes

3.     “The Less I know the Better” – Tame Impala

4.    “Losing You” – Solange

5.     “Love on Top” – Beyoncé

6.     “Heartbreaker”  – Mariah Carey feat. JAY Z


Who: Dria Murphy, founder of @alisecollective @driamurphy


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When it comes to throwing the perfect house party, publicist and planner Dria always considers the three following things: libations, personal touches, and seating. “I always want my guests to feel welcome,” she adds. “My personal style is heavily reflected in my decor at home—I love sharing that with guests when hosting events, big or small.” See what else she had to say below:  


Rule No. 1: A robust bar:Nothing is worse than running out of cocktails when everyone is having a great time. If I am short on time, I stick to the basics,” she shares.

Rule No. 2: Small-but-significant touches: “I love to play with my coffee table decor when setting up an hors d'oeuvres spread. I grab flowers and/or fruit the day of, and mix with candles and different vases.” 

Rule No. 3: Ample seating: “It is so important to have a good seating arrangement when you are hosting, so that everyone is comfortable and able to be included in conversations. Try and think it through before your guests arrive, so it's not a scramble for additional chairs/etc.”


Who: Natalie Jacob, mixologist at Dutch Kills and creator of @ArsenicLace

Whether you prefer shaken or stirred, one thing is for certain—you need a signature drink to serve your guests. While we are partial to champagne, we tapped Brooklyn-based bartender-meets-blogger, Natalie Jacob, to create Autumn-inspired cocktail guaranteed to keep the fun flowing all night long. Introducing the Apple Cider Margarita.


1 1/2 oz. tequila of your choice

1 oz. Cointreau

1 1/2 oz. apple cider

1/2 oz. lime juice

1/2 oz. cinnamon syrup


Step 1: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake with ice

Step 2: Strain into a cinnamon and salt-rimmed double rocks glass over ice

Step 3: Garnish with an apple slice, lime and rosemary sprig