Party Planning Checklist
Using a party planning checklist can make the most complex party seem simple, by breaking all the details into manageable chunks. A great party does not have to be complicated. Choosing
the right party planning idea or theme is the hardest part. After that,
all you have to is put it together by following the checklist.
In general, planning a party involves:
Party Planning Checklist: One
- Decide date and
- Decide where you
are having the party (and secure the site if necessary)
- The next item on your party planning checklist is to choose the theme
(if you are having one) or a color scheme for the decorations. Sometimes
the theme is determined by the type of party, and sometimes the type
of party can be combined with a theme. For example, a retirement party
can have a golf-related theme if the guest of honor is a golfer.
- Hire musical and/or
other entertainment (if necessary)
- Develop the guest
list and send out invitations (that match the theme or color scheme).
You can get invitations at eInvite.com and FineStationery.com.
one month to two weeks before
- Collect all the
RSVPs and finalize how many are coming
- Finalize arrangements
with the party site (whether it's your house or a restaurant or wherever!)
- Shop for the food
or let the caterer/restaurant know how many to prepare for
- Prepare the food
(including the cake if you are making one). Some of the food can be
made a few days ahead of time but not too early - you want it to be
- Decorate the site
- Pick up the cake
- Pick up the helium
filled balloons (and any other "fresh" decorations, like flowers)
- Finish food preparations
- Finish the decorating
the party planning checklist looks confusing and like a lot of work, but it really isn't. Everything
you need to decide is really based on the color scheme and/or theme of
the party. Once you have that, the rest falls into place quite easily.
And not all elements pertain to all parties - a simple dinner party, for
example, may not even require invitations, a cake, or entertainment. Whatever
your specific needs, hopefully this party planning checklist will help!
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