How to Cover Your Party Planning Bases
When you have a party coming up, there are plenty of things you need to do to get ready. With a good party plan, you can make sure you cover all the bases and orchestrate a party that will be something your guests talk about for a long while. Putting together the plan for your party is an important step towards pulling off a great event.
You Need RSVPs
There is a lot of time and effort that goes into planning a great party, so it’s important to know who is coming and any nutritional needs or allergies they may have. Sending out a request for RSVPs can help you to have a better understanding of what you need to plan for.
When sending out your invites, be sure to have your guests check in to let you know whether they will be attending and to let you know if they have any allergies so you can plan your party with a good idea of what will go on at the party. Nothing is worse than planning on a big crowd and having only a few guests or planning for only a few and ending up with many more guests than you anticipated. Also be sure to give your guests a timeline to have their RSVPs in, so you can plan accordingly.
Ask for Help
Party planning can be overwhelming, but there is no rule that says you can’t ask for help if you need it. From having guests help with the food to having one or two friends come by a little early to help with the set-up, getting help with your party is simple. It can help you to have a good time and enjoy the party with your guests.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to close friends who will be attending the party to get a little help and relieve your stress before things get too hectic. The more willing you are to enlist the help of your friends, the better your party is likely to go and the more fun you will be able to have. Of course you want your guests to have a good time, but it is just as important that you enjoy yourself as well.
Think of the Little Details
Memorable parties are all about the thoughtful little details that set it apart from other events that everyone has to attend. Paying attention to the small things when you plan your party will help you to create an event that your guests remember happily. Something as simple as knotted toothpicks makes a difference for serving food easily while still looking really nice. It may seem silly to worry about details as small as that, but it will make all the difference for your party guests.
It doesn’t matter how well planned out your party is, every party has a chance for problems and issues to come up. Having flexibility built into your party plan can help you to react to those difficulties with grace and dignity.
Sometimes you may be faced with party difficulties to food not arriving or burning in your oven, to guests coming late or needing to leave early because of an emergency. Having plans in place to keep your party going even when the unexpected occurs will help your party to go smoothly, no matter what. Have a few options available to shake things up if things go differently than planned and everyone can have a great time.
Make a Great Playlist
The music you listen to at your party helps to set the tone of the event and keep things moving. The key to a great playlist is to have music that is fun and well liked but also isn’t so loud or distracting that your guests won’t be able to talk and hear one another. Think about your guests and the kind of music that they like and how that relates to the kind of party that you want to be throwing. Consider what kind of tone you want to set, and the way different genres and artists can contribute to that tone. Your guests will be able to tell that you spent a little time choosing a great playlist and they will appreciate you and your party for it.
Plan an Easy Menu
No party is complete without a little bit of food to keep your guests happy and participating. Whether you are serving a meal or simply providing snacks and drinks, it is worthwhile to have a menu plan that will be easy to put together and stay on top of. There is no point in throwing a party if you’ll be stuck alone in the kitchen the whole time, so make a menu that lets you spend time with your guests.
Try to stick to a few great food options that are easy for your guests to eat and can be made in advance. Having a variety of dips and things to try with them can be a great way to offer options without forcing yourself into the kitchen for the night.
The decorations for your party can be as simple or complicated as you prefer but having great decorations can help you to create a memorable mood for your party. Even something as simple as adding string lights to your space can help your party feel special and different than an everyday affair. Think about the kind of feeling you want your party to have and plan your decorations around that kind of a feeling. If you are having trouble coming up with the energy to do the actual decorating, call in your helpers so you can make the place a little more magical without needing to strain yourself.
Anyone can plan a good party. If you take the time to plan it and keep your guests in mind, you can be sure that you and your guests all have a great time.