Event planner to the stars Mary Micucci gives her suggestions to "celebrate the new direction our country is taking"

By Ulrica Wihlborg
Updated January 20, 2009 12:50 PM
Credit: Dennis Brack/EPA, istock photo

Whether you make it to D.C. Tuesday or not, you can join the celebration by throwing an inauguration party to rival even the best ball.

Event planner Mary Micucci of Along Came Mary Productions, Inc., is responsible for events ranging from the official Grammy Awards party to Christina Aguilera‘s wedding. Here she offers a few tips on how to throw a fabulous inauguration party:

Micucci suggests starting off your party with domestic champagne from California or Virginia. As for décor, keep it red, white and blue.

“Decorate your tables with blue tablecloths, red tulips as centerpieces and white plates,” she says. “Add a little twinkle by using cocktail napkins decorated with stars.”

As for the menu, why not emulate the official inauguration luncheon in Washington D.C.? “The inaugural luncheon will be a wonderful tribute to Abraham Lincoln,” says Micucci. “Duck and seafood, specifically lobster, is on the menu.”

For the budget conscious, Micucci suggests serving lobster macaroni and cheese and duck hors d’oeuvres. If you’re not on a budget, serve seafood stew, duck breast with wild rice stuffing and sweet potatoes with winter vegetables.

And dessert? “Serve something that feels Americana but also celebratory,” she says. “A classic American apple spongecake or a cherry cobbler are both wonderful.”

During the party, Micucci suggests you play a mix of Obama’s favorite music. “Google what he likes and pick what makes sense for you and your friends,” she says. “At the end of the party, give out the CD as party favors.”

“The inaugural balls in D.C. are so glamorous,” she adds. “Ask your guests to wear their best black tie and make it a festive event. This is a wonderful time to celebrate the new direction our country is taking.”