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!

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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!

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