Eventually, it's unavoidable. You will need to plan and host a party. Has that day come for you? With so many things to consider, a party planning checklist will help you organise and stay on top of things. So much so, you'll be looking forward to future parties!
In the midst of all of the chaos, it can be difficult to remember that it's all about our guests having a good time. Don't worry that will come naturally with these tips.
Set your budget. After reading this, you'll know what that's going to cover.
Write out your invitation list.
Decide on a location.
Set the party date.
Will your party have a theme?
Decide on your invitations. Some options include;
Once you've decided on a theme, it's time to work out the extent of your decorations. This is where your budget is going to get in the way. If this is your first attempt at planning a party (or if like me, even at the 8th, 9th or 10th attempt I still struggle with this one!) be sure you don't over commit yourself. There will be so much going on in the days leading up to the party, it can get hectic!
Will you be decorating with flowers?
Will you be making, hiring or purchasing party decorations?
Are you providing party favours or thank you gifts?
Will any tables be required? And how will they be decorated?
Are you going to have photo props or backgrounds?
Any DIY projects or printables you can incorporate?
Will additional furniture and decor be required or need to be hired?
When considering the drinks available, think about the ages of your guests; if they will be a group of mixed ages and the time of day the party will take place.
What types of drinks do you plan on serving?
What storage requirements will you need to keep drinks cold?
Think about anyone you can ask to help you with providing drinks.
Based on the type of party and time of day you should already have an idea of what you would like to serve at your party.
Will you be hiring a caterer or providing food yourself?
Which types of menu items will you need?
Will there be any special dietary requirements?
How will your food be presented?
How will your music be delivered?
Will you need to hire anyone?
Will you be hosting any party games?
If hosting at home, thoroughly clean and stock up on supplies.
Don't leave decorations 'till the last minute.
Create some no-go zones.
Depending on the type of party you're throwing, it may pay to invite your neighbours.
Think about the quality of the guests on your invite list.
Planning a party is not easy and as the day finally rolls around it can be very overwhelming! It's best to be as organised and prepared as you can be. Once you've nailed the process and have a few parties under your belt you'll get better at it.
My number one tip would be to make sure you lean on others for help. Family and close friends are usually happy to pitch in. Even if it's as small as bringing a plate of food, once you have delegated a few tasks like this to people, it will make the overall big task at hand so much easier for you.
Do you have any tips on how to keep your sanity when organising and implementing a party? As the host, we want to be able to enjoy our efforts and have fun at the party also!