Birthday party planning can be stressful, so we’ve come up with a quick checklist to make sure it goes off without a hitch… Two months beforehand Choose a date and…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 6, 2006
Thinking of having a party but put off by the prospect of arranging it all? Don’t panic ‐‐ we’ll help you on your way
There are four essentials to consider when planning your party:
Your guests will largely influence the sort of party you have, so consider them when planning. A family occasion such as a christening, for example, is likely to differ in character from an 18th birthday party.
Now ask yourself what kind of party you want.
Venue, food and entertainment should again be tailored to your guests and their preferences. Caterers and organised entertainment will bump up the cost, but leave you with a lot less to do. Cost out the various options and choose the best solution that is within your budget and appropriate for the occasion.
If the date has to be fixed, make sure your guests know about it well in advance, so they can keep it free. If it’s not, choose a date and start time for your party that will suit your guests’ circumstances.
Write a list of every party job you can think of. Get as much done as you can in the week before the event ‐‐ food preparation, organising drinks, glass hire, decoration, your outfit ‐‐ basically anything that doesn’t need to be done on the day. In particular, try to get as much help on the night as you can ‐‐ you’ve invited all these people, so make sure you have time to talk to them!
Be dressed and ready well ahead. Don’t allow domestic issues to distract you from enjoying your party, and make the most of seeing your guests. You’ve worked hard to provide all the ingredients of a good party ‐‐ now stop worrying and enjoy the fruits of your labour!
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