Before you do anything once you decide to plan a party make a written timeline to keep yourself organized and to stay within budget. It may sound cliché but by making lists and sticking to them you can guarantee that your party will be hassle free.
First thing you need to do before shopping or inviting people is to decide where you are going to be having your party. If you’re planning on renting a place you need to make sure that the day and time you want are available and then secure it as soon as possible so as not to lose it.
Your list at invitation list at this point is crucial. When planning a party everything you purchase, cook, decorate revolves around how many people will be attending.
Once you decide on whether you want to throw a huge party or a simple get together you need a master list for shopping that includes all the items you will need to throw a successful party. This is not you’re grocery list but a list of additional items you may need.
Next list you will need is your food and drink list. Plan a menu and decide how the food will be served. Will it be a sit down affair or buffet? Will it just be appetizers and drinks or just desserts? This is the ideal time to formulate a timeline so you don’t get overwhelmed in the kitchen and neglect your guests. Set up a timeline to allocate time to spend on preparing and cooking, serving food, serving drinks, cake cutting etc. to maximize your time.
Another thing you need to add to your timeline is your invitations. Depending on what type of paper you are having you need to decide if you are using store bought invitations or custom made invitations. If going with the latter, give yourself extra time. You can’t expect to throw a party in a week and expect custom invitations to be ready within that time period. If you’re running short on time, consider sending out e-vites instead or using store bought invitations.
Make a timeline that involves the last two weeks before your party leading up to the day of the party. This gives you enough time to get all the shopping, decorating, following up on RSVPs and cleaning done without being completely rushed at the last minute.
A day or two before the party make a final list as you run through everything. Have you purchased all the food you need? Are you missing any decorations? This last minute list is a great idea so you don’t end up short of something on the day of your party.
By making lists as you go you will eventually have a timeline of sorts set up that will make your party go smoother than you would have expected without it. It also helps you realize things that you may have forgotten if you hadn’t written hem down.
Once you have your lists made to make sure everything gets done, you may want to make several copies of them to hand out to people who are going to be helping you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Planning a party can be overwhelming but with a help it will alleviate some of the stress of you.
By following these tips this holiday season you’re sure to have a smooth time with your holiday parties and have more time to enjoy yourself in the company of family and friends.