PLANNING A PARTY ON YOUR OWN CAN BE A DAUNTING EXPERIENCE. WHERE SHOULD YOU HOLD THE PARTY? WHAT FOOD SHOULD YOU SERVE? ARE ‘PARTY GAMES’ STILL COOL? THIS HANDY CHECKLIST TAKES THE STRESS OUT OF PARTY PLANNING SO THAT YOU CAN, WELL, PARTY!
Make a date – Give guests up to four weeks’ notice and have a decent Google for other events scheduled for the same day (no one wants to be upstaged by the Midnight Oil comeback tour!). Write a guest list – Whether it’s a small dinner or a cocktail party, make the list well in advance and go over it a few times to avoid the awkwardness of forgetting someone. Secure a location – Get in quick, as venues can be booked out months in advance. If it’s a party at home, you’ll need time to prepare and clean up so clear your own schedule. Send out the invites – Now you’re ready to let people know about your shindig. A making and mailing hard copy invitations will make your party much more memorable from the get-go. Sort the food – Think hard about what you’re planning to serve. Have fun picking the perfect Chardonnay for your brie and croutons but, most importantly, remember to check your guests don’t have food intolerances or allergies. Plan the music – Whether it’s an intimate gathering or a big birthday bash, choose your tunes wisely to set the scene. If you don’t fancy yourself much of a DJ, check out Party favours – Whether it’s a party bag or a party ‘favour’, having a little somethin’ somethin’ for your guests to take home with them will end the event on a high note. Some yummy treats, beauty products or a ‘hangover kit’ for the adults will always be well received. And think deeper than just lolly bags for kids’ birthday parties. One small save you time and it’ll impress the kiddie guests’ parents more! Pick your outfit – In amongst all the other thinking (above) don’t forget to give hostess with the most(ess)! Coordinate your clean-up – When the fun dies down and you’re left to pick up the pieces, you’ll thank your past self for roping the kids and maybe a few very, very good friends into pre-planned clean-up duties. Many hands (and bribes) make light work!