If you’re planning a party, you may be drowning in lists and feeling mildly stressed. Don’t panic. With these handy tips, you’re sure to give your guests a night to remember. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying the satisfaction of pulling off the party of your dreams.
It’s been almost a year since I had a couple of house warming parties to celebrate buying my first property and moving into my very own house! It was so much fun, but there are a few things I’d have done differently to make the whole process go a little bit smoother, so here it goes:
Plan in advance
Party planning takes time and dedication. If you’re hoping to organise a large-scale event, you may need months, rather than weeks. Start planning early to avoid any last-minute stress. Get yourself organised, and don’t be afraid to be one of those people who lives for lists and spreadsheets. Send out save the date cards, or set up an event on social media to give people as much notice as possible.
The first things you will need to consider are the venue and the guest list. If you’re hosting at home, think about how many people you can cater for comfortably. If you’re looking for a different venue, make sure you have an idea of numbers before you start your search. If you have a large number of guests attending, this can rule out certain locations.
Ask guests to RSVP by a certain date, so that you have exact numbers before you pay catering bills. Once you’ve ticked these off, you can start thinking about entertainment, such as a live band or a photo booth.
Decide on a theme
Themed parties are always fun, especially for birthdays. Think about why you’re celebrating and choose a theme, which everyone will embrace. Once you’ve got your ideas, you can start thinking about how you’re going to carry them through on the night. Let guests know well in advance if you plan to have a dress code.
Pay attention to detail
Often, the details can set your party apart from other gatherings and shindigs. Focus on the little things, and think about how you can make your celebration unique. Get your guests involved in creating a playlist. Design your own cocktails, or go for something different with the catering.
Swap a traditional buffet for an outdoor barbecue or hire a burger van. Have a hog roast and a sweet stall instead of a sit down meal. Match your decorations to your theme and include personal touches, such as tailored place names.
Set the tone
Ask for help setting up and create a lively atmosphere from the get go. Choose classics to get people on the dance floor and plan a rough timetable. Don’t panic if things go a little off piste timing wise. Eat early so that people don’t get hungry and let the drinks flow.
Planning a party can be hard work, but it can also be hugely rewarding. Take your time and create a list of priorities. Once you’ve got your venue and guest list pinned down, you can start thinking about catering and entertainment.
Don’t be afraid to go for something slightly different, and offer your guests an experience. Pay attention to detail, and use ideas from events you’ve been to or seen online. Rope in friends and family to help out.
Finally, get glammed up and enjoy the rewards of all your hard work and determination.