We’ve talked a LOT about the joy we get with party planning. We have a large group of friends and can find something to celebrate probably more often than is warranted – but who doesn’t love a good party?
That being said, we do share hosting and planning duties across our crowd, and we’ve come up with a planning recipe for success. Whether it’s a fete for four, forty, or four hundred, these basics will help ensure you’re covered.
- Plan early
- Finalize a date as quickly as you can. You can get a lot done in a week if that’s all the time you have, but you’ll need to have a firm date & time to aim appropriately.
- Pick a theme
- Let your creative juices flow. A baby party doesn’t have to mean diaper challenges – it can be anything you want it to be!
- Purse Prudence
- Don’t think champagne when you have a beer budget.
- Preside – be a leader, and delegate, delegate, delegate
- Avoid the dreaded too many chiefs, not enough Indians syndrome by laying out clear leadership in the early stages.
- Police extraneous input
- Your Aunt Marge may have thoughts on what games to include in a bridal shower – but that doesn’t mean you have to pass them along. Especially if they’re outdated, over complicated, or not in the blueprints.
- This may seem obvious, but remember the party honoree and what he/she/they like. Incorporate a favorite color, cupcake, or food item.
- Hold your horses, cowgirl,
- Pocket your ability to make executive decisions, and exercise it judiciously
- Your hosting crew is there to help you – but if you’re finding they are hindering progress, or it’s not a big enough detail to warrant 12 emails, make a choice and move forward
- Predict day-of expectations
- Schedule a dry run if it looks like it’ll be complicated
- Purse your lips: something will go wrong
- Get your mind right now – whether flowers are the wrong color, the souffle falls, someone forgets their piece, or even a party-goer gets over-served…something will absolutely go wrong. And you’re likely the only one who will notice.
- Party! That is, after all, what this is all about!
- The most important part of party planning – and the party – is to have fun! Don’t get so wrapped up in the details that you blink and it’s time to clean up.