From birthdays to staff parties, there might be a time you will organize a party. And when you do, you want to be prepared and enjoy your time.
“A little party never hurt anybody„
Some people love organizing parties, where others rather have it over with or have someone else do it A good preparation is essential, the more you can do before your guests arrive the more time you will have with them.
Here are some tips on how you can enjoy, rather then work at your party.
When you are planning a party, get the basics down first: Ask yourself questions that will make it easier for you to make decisions
- Is it a casual or a formal party? (business related or family, friends)
- What is the reason for the party? (theme, birthday, special occasion)
- The date you want to have the party?
- Where is the party going to be? (at home or at a venue)
- How many people are you inviting? (lot’s of decisions are based on this number)
- What type of party is it? (brunch, lunch, dinner, finger food, buffet or sit‑down meal)
To make it easier copy paste this checklist and start planning your party
- Make a list of the people you would like to invite.
- pick a date on.
- Send out the invitations to your guests (by mail, e‑mail, or phone).
- Make a grocery list (food, paper goods, decorations).
- Plan a cooking schedule: Determine what you can cook ahead of time and what food is made last minute
- Make sure there is enough fridge space for all the food and drinks
- Plan the beverages. Determine what kind of drinks you want to serve your guests
- Make list of equipment needed (rental chairs, tables, equipment).
- Plan the layout of the rooms. Where do you want your guests and what do you want to keep private.
- Make sure you have enough cleaning supplies for before and after the party.
- Plan music. Make a 3 or 4 hour long playlist with music that matches the occasion.
- Buy or make decorations.
- Plan lighting.
- Make sure you have all the platters and serving pieces you’ll need.
Here are some things that might want to check before your party:
- A Coat rack (hangers or a separate room to put coats)
- A place to put shoes and umbrellas
- Ice, ice bucket, ice tongs, or scoop
- Napkins and paper towels
- Candles, just in case or for the ambiance
- Extra toilet paper
- Extra Plates, always have more plates in case guest use extra plates for servings.
- Check your glasses (water, wine, mixed drink, beer, soda, coffee); some beverages can use the same type of glass
- Silverware (Think through each course; a fresh spoon or stirrer is necessary for coffee.)
- If grilling, check the tank, charcoal
- Coffee, assortment of tea bags, Cream and sugar if serving coffee
- Salt and pepper
- Wine and bottle opener
- Bar garnishes (lime, lemon, olive)
- Charged camera battery
- Garbage bags
- Dish washing soap
- Spill and stain remover emergency kit (with soda, baking soda and vinegar)
- Space to chill beverages. Either in the fridge or in a tub with ice
- Your beautiful smile 🙂
For some inspiration, I suggest you browse Pinterest first. Always great ideas for decoration or menu items.
Hope you will have a great feast! If you have any questions for me, you can use the comment box below.