It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since Hannah’s high school graduation and subsequent party. Frankly, I have barely recovered from that party because parties like that are a lot of work. Kathy knows this better than anybody right now, having just thrown a big bash herself, so she suggested this week’s topic, 10 Tips for Throwing a Big Party. I think it’s a great idea because, believe it or not, I’m about to do it again this June when Dale has a major birthday. So here we go —
- Start early. The more time you have the less stressed you will be. Pick your date and spread the word.
- Book the important things first – the caterer and the music come to mind. In my case, I tend to make the food myself but I hire someone to help me serve it. Of all the money I spent for Hannah’s party last year, the $125 I spent on this was the best of all. It really made my life so much easier that day.
- Have a theme. I really think a theme helps everything fall into place – the decorations, the menu, the activities – can all revolve around the theme.
- Plan the menu. I always feel so much better once I know what I’m serving.
- Write lists. I have lists for everything and it really helps me to stay organized.
- Order pre-printed invitations. They look better and they don’t cost that much and it takes so much less time. I love Tiny Prints for invites.
- Use Pinterest. Seriously, I started a Pinterest board called “We’re Having A Party” and I’ve been pinning party ideas to it for weeks and weeks.
- Call on others for help. If someone offers to help, take them up on it. There are plenty of things to do and many hands make light work.
- Shop early. You can buy drinks, decorations and non-perishables way in advance. Not only does this save you time but it helps with your cash flow, too.
- Relax. Your party guests are your friends and family. They aren’t coming to inspect your house or judge you, they are coming to spend time with you and to celebrate something important. Enjoy yourself!
I can’t wait to read your lists – I know I’ll learn a lot today.