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If you are thinking about hosting a party, you may be wondering how you can make the planning process easier and less time-consuming. Here are some tips you can use to make planning for your next party easier than ever.
As soon as you have a date for your party set in stone, be sure to send out the invitations and RSVP cards. The sooner you have a headcount of who’s coming, the easier it will be to plan the food and seating arrangements. Instead of waiting for your guests to respond by snail mail, you can send out a group text or use an app like Irio to announce your event.
You should allow yourself at least two months to plan your party. The venue, food, decorations, guest list, and entertainment are key elements of any event, and they take time to research and acquire. You’ll need to allow time for communication with vendors, contract signing, and deliveries. If you are incorporating any DIY projects into your party decor, you’ll want to allow plenty of time to purchase the materials and complete the projects. You should also allow time for yourself to take days off from planning.
There are countless free party planning checklists available online. Brides use wedding checklists to plan their weddings all the time. You can opt to make your own checklist, but it doesn’t hurt to get ideas from pre-made lists. Print out your favorite one and check it off as you go, so you don’t forget anything.
Choosing a theme early will help narrow your focus when you are scouring Pinterest for recipes, decorations, and hosting outfits. It can be easy to get swallowed up in the sea of cool party ideas, but picking a theme before you start planning will keep you on track and prevent you from wasting money on decorations that won’t get used.
Setting a budget will help you tremendously when you are researching venues, entertainment, and catering options. If your budget is very small, you may want to consider hosting the party at home and making your own food, so you can splurge on entertainment or decorations.
Party planning should be fun, so be sure to pause and take a breather if things get too overwhelming. If you use these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy the process of planning your party without too much stress.