Planning a party can be a difficult task
but with a good guideline you wont skip a step! This comprehensive list
will keep you organized and more importantly, will make your party a
memorable one! Don't for get
Party Planning Questions:
First of all, you should start by answering a few basic
questions about your party. Your answers will help you get focused and
point you in the right direction. You should think through these
questions at least four to six weeks before your scheduled party date.
1. How formal a party do I want? Should it be a
black-tie affair, a dressy event, or a casual gathering?
2. What type of theme do I want to center the event around?
3. How many people do I plan to invite?
4. How much money do I want to spend?
5. Will I host this at my home or another location?
6. Do I need to arrange entertainment for the party?
THE FIRST FEW
the type of party (formal, special occasion, holiday, etc.)
you want drinks, finger foods, buffet, full meal, or other
amount of guests you would like to invite
date, time, and place for your party
a RSVP date
investigate and book your location also pay any deposit
shopping list -- including small items like napkins and candles etc
of tasks that can be done in advance and those for party day
NEXT THINK BUDGET!
including flowers, plants, or props
(caterer, parking attendant, wait staff, etc.)
(music, DJ, etc.)
and other equipment rentals
FOUR TO SIX WEEKS
together your guest list and gather addresses and phone numbers
decorations, paper goods, and other supplies
any services (caterer, entertainment, etc.)
menu and purchase non-perishable foods and drinks
friends or family you want to help with the party
mail your invitations
Pick out the
any equipment rental (chairs, tables, etc.)
ONE TO TWO WEEKS
friends, family, and hired service people working the party
your party outfit and have it cleaned
space layout and decorations
Shop for bulk
of perishable food
TWO TO THREE DAYS
house if party is at home
supplies and equipment together
Shop for any
last-minute food or supplies
base with contracted services
specific tasks to your volunteer assistants
preparations for cleaning up, returning equipment, etc.
THE AWAITED DAY
decorations and place settings
any hired and volunteer helpers
AFTER THE PARTY ENDS
Thank you cards
Collect photos and
save in photo album for good memories