Julia Child said it best: “A party without a cake is just a meeting.” The simple truth is that great eats and entertainment are the backbone of any unforgettable gathering.

When planning something special like a wedding, retirement party or Bar or Bat Mitzvah, it can be easy to get hung up on the details. Although the favors, place cards and invitations are important, the real test of a successful party is how many smiles and laughs were shared and how everyone’s bellies feel afterward.

We believe food, drinks and entertainment equal fun — because that’s what guests remember most. Luckily, we excel at providing all those things! Take a look at our top five tips to ensure the next celebration you’re planning is downright memorable.

1. The Space

Every great memory needs a setting, and we have just the right background for you. Our special events planners have the knowledge and expertise to help you find exactly the right spot at The Desmond for your special day. We have beautiful spaces — indoors and outdoors — that work for every special occasion. Our well-appointed ballroom (ask about the conservatory next door!) elevates any event with elegant style. Fans of the great outdoors can’t go wrong with our picturesque grounds and garden gazebo. Plus, the large outdoor deck that sits adjacent to our restaurants provides ample room to spread out and party the night away in a more relaxed setting. We specialize in something for everyone.

2. The Food

Food — we’re known for it! There are many reasons why we continue to win awards from theknot.com and weddingwire.com, and one of them is our culinary prowess. From breakfast to dinner and buffet to banquet, our dedicated kitchen staff is ready to create the meal of your dreams. Top-notch purveyors and an array of local and global flavors give our cuisine the distinction of truly having something everyone will enjoy (while accommodating every dietary concern). When you work with us to create a menu, you can rest assured that we’ll craft a meal worthy of a toast!

3. The Drinks

Libations are a fantastic way to complement a wonderful event. Our selection of craft beers, fine wines and select spirits are carefully procured to delight you and your guests. Our mixologists can create a signature drink to mark the event, too! Talk to one of our event consultants to find out more.

4. The Entertainment

When there’s great entertainment, an event seems just that much better. Our event consultants will share our referral list of preferred vendors for music, but why not consider going the extra mile with a caricaturist or photo booth? The right balance of entertainment creates novel enjoyment without being too busy.

5. The After-Party

Nothing beats taking the elevator home! When the night calls for drinks, let us help you and your guests skip the driving. We offer discounted guest room blocks for all of our wedding groups (contact us for details). Bonus: Enjoy our award-winning brunch the next day and keep the party going in style!

For 25 years, The Desmond Hotel has earned a reputation for superior hospitality and comfort. We boast 194 well-appointed nonsmoking guest rooms and suites with modern amenities and hotel-wide free Wi-Fi. Our luxurious property offers three onsite dining options, two bars, indoor and outdoor fitness and beautiful grounds. We have the perfect setting for you—no matter the occasion. The Desmond is ideal for corporate meetings and retreats, wedding receptions and any kind of celebration. Events of all sizes welcome!

Nathan Greenwood