On any given day in Houston, celebrations are unfolding all over town. A quinceañera court struts through the Galleria before heading out to the main event; a gaggle of bachelorettes toasts their bride on a River Oaks patio; a group of friends convenes over apps for a housewarming in Montrose; coworkers toast record sales at Karbach.

And ahead of all of these events? Someone, somewhere has put in the time and effort to make sure they go perfectly, planning for every last detail: venues, caterers, cakemakers, signature cocktails, entertainers, photo-ops, gifts. The greatest celebrations feel effortless—even though none of them are, of course.

Want to throw the best bash in Bayou City? We at Houstonia decided to do the leg work for you with this guide, even asking local pros to share their secrets. All that’s left to do? Find an excuse to host one. Given how much Houstonians love a good party, we’re sure you’ll think of something.

In This Feature:

10 Amazing Spots for a Next-Level Get-Together

These venues will wow your guests.

08/26/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Dinner Is Served: The Best Party Food (and Drinks!) in Houston

Caterers, cakes, and even a signature cocktail.

08/26/2019 By Timothy Malcolm

The Bands and DJs to Book for Your Next Bash

Plus, Houston's most unique entertainers for kids—and, fine, grown-ups, too.

08/26/2019 By Gwendolyn Knapp and Morgan Kinney

5 Out-of-the-Box Themes for Your Next Celebration

Plus, all the ingredients you need for the most Houston photobooth of all time.

08/26/2019 By Abby Ledoux

These Party Must-Haves Are at the Top of Our List

From agate cheese boards to giant confetti balloons, these goodies will instantly upgrade any party you throw.

08/26/2019 By Abby Ledoux

5 Pro Tips for Throwing the Best Party Ever

“No matter what time of year it is, have an extra bag of ice in your freezer, because you will always run out. It’s Texas. Just do it.”

08/26/2019 By Abby Ledoux

10 Frequently Asked Party Etiquette Questions

Local experts spill the tea on the modern rules for hosting and attending parties.

08/26/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas and Abby Ledoux

5 of the Best Parties in Houston History

These Bayou City bashes were legendary.

08/26/2019 By Gwendolyn Knapp

A Life, in Parties

The parties we throw become snapshots we carry with us forever, monuments to moments big and small.

08/26/2019 By Abby Ledoux