How to Plan a Party - Top Tips
Entertaining people in your home is always wrought with stress and anxiety. Simply getting everything ready before the party is enough to make most people pull out their hair. And the self-doubt and worry about last-minute details are enough to send most people over the edge of comfort. However, planning your party does not need to be this way. Here are ten-tested tips to help you plan the best party with the least possible pre-party stress.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to write down a master party shopping list and a list of what needs to be accomplished around your home before the date of the party. Get out a calendar and mark off some time to shop and clean your house.
Enlist the help of your spouse or children in cleaning and de-cluttering your home for the party. While they may not do the 'perfect' job that you would, you can always go back with a quick vacuum or dust cloth and finish up the job later.
When your guests arrive, they will need a place to hang their coats and place their purses. One of the easiest things you can do is to clean out your entry-hall coat closet for them to use. If you have a bunch of stuff in there, you should either find it a new home or box it up until after your party.
When you shop, think about if you will want to send home leftovers with your guests. If you will, you should pick up some inexpensive containers that you can send home food in and not have to worry about retrieving your plates or bowls later.
It is also nice to plan for enough leftovers from your party that you will not have to cook or prepare food on the day after your party. Let's face it, the day after your party you will be exhausted, and by not having to cook you can relax and enjoy the day with your family.
When you go to the store to purchase the non-perishables for your party, you can leave them in the grocery bags until the day before the party. Rather than unpack everything and put it away in your cupboards where people might mistakenly eat it, you can leave everything in the bags and keep them out of the way until the day before the party. (We highly suggest looking at everything the day before and making sure you didn't forget something at the store, which is essential. This will keep you from having to make emergency store runs on the day of your party when you have other things to do.)
If you have an evening party near the Christmas holiday season, you might want to get together ahead of time with your friends and organise a cookie exchange. You can have tons of different cookies to offer your guests, even though you only have to make one kind of them.
If your guests drink wine, it is a great idea to use some inexpensive wine glass charms. This will allow your guests always to know which glass is theirs and keeps them from using too many other glasses. Put the charms on before your party to save time when you are serving your guestís drinks.
One of the best things you can do when planning your party is asking other people to bring food or beverages. People often ask what they can get, and you should take them up on their offers. This cut-down on the budget for your party also allows you to spend less time cooking and more time with your guests.
FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do you organise a good party?
A good party is all about planning! You need to make sure you have a good guest list, a great playlist, and plenty of food and drinks. Of course, you also need a great venue - somewhere that will make your guests want to stay and party all night long!
How do I host a home party?
Hosting a home party is a great way to connect with friends and family and celebrate special occasions. Here are some tips for hosting a successful home party:
1. Plan the party around a theme, and this will help you plan the decorations, food, and activities.
2. Send invitations well in advance so that your guests can RSVP and save the date.
3. Make sure you have enough seating for everyone.
4. Choose food and drinks that everyone will enjoy. Try to avoid anything too messy or difficult to eat.
5. Plan fun activities for guests of all ages. Include games, crafts, or music sessions.
6. Decorate your home.
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How to plan a kid's birthday party?
- First, decide on a theme. This will help you choose appropriate decorations, activities, and even food. Please take a look at all Kids Party Ideas for more inspiration.
- Second, make a guest list and send out invitations. Be sure to give yourself enough time to do this so that everyone can RSVP.
- Third, start planning the details! This includes everything from deciding on a menu to booking entertainment.
- Fourth, put together party favours and goodie bags for the guests. Again, try to tie these in with the chosen theme.
- And finally, don't forget to HAVE FUN!
What is the best birthday theme for kids?
There are so many great birthday themes for kids! If your child is into action-packed adventures, consider a pirate-themed party. If they're dreaming of being a princess or prince, then a royal ball theme would be perfect. A safari- or zoo-themed party would be a hit for animal lovers. And of course, no matter what their interests are, there's always the classic birthday party with games, cake and ice cream! Whatever theme you choose, include plenty of fun activities and tasty treats to make it a day to remember. Browse all Kids Party Ideas.
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