Party Planning 101

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Savannah Larsen

Savannah Larsen founded The Blog Issue in June of 2014. Her goal was to create a magazine for bloggers in order to showcase their talents and inspiration worldwide.

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Do you remember your first party? It was that time when you carefully planned out each and every invitation, decoration, drink, dessert and outfit…but your hair is practically still wet when your guests begin to arrive. I can remember that day from start to finish. It was last year, Christmas 2013. I had been planning this amazing Christmas party for all of my friends. We would eat, drink and dress pretty. Let’s just say my poor boyfriend finished the baking and decorating while I was still putting my tulle skirt together when my guests were walking through the door. Help!

 

Don’t worry beauties, whether you are planning Christmas, Hanukkah or New Years, you are in luck! One of our favorite blogs, Styled With Strength has come to our rescue with party planning 101. I’ve been there, she’s been there, we’ve all been there. Follow Carli’s party planning tips below to make sure your next party is prepared and stress free!

 

 

DETERMINE WHAT KIND OF PARTY YOU’RE HAVING
Is it a sit-down dinner or a cocktail party? Formal or casual? Are you going to have a dress code? Determining what kind of party you’re throwing will set the tone for the rest of your party planning. If you’re providing a full-blown dinner, buffets make it a little easier. If you go with a cocktail party, stock the bar and prepare hors d’oeuvres ahead of time to keep your night stress-free.
 
BE DILIGENT 

Once you’ve decided what type of party you’re having, pick a date, put together a guest list, and prepare your menu. Invitations should be sent out at least three weeks in advance. Calendars fill up fast; take it from this Type A calendar keeper, there is no such thing as “too soon” when it comes to scheduling.

 

PREP TIME IS YOUR BFF

To save last-minute stress, prepare everything you can beforehand. A week before your party, make a list of what needs to be made and when. Be sure to add some time for any emergencies that might rear their ugly head. Getting the prep work done as early as possible will help you stay organized. In doing so, you’ll have time to be the social butterfly that you are and better attend to your fabulous guests. 
 
ENTERTAINMENT IS KEY
The entertainment you provide will make or break your party. Be sure to have a perfectly crafted playlist and a few things to keep your party people occupied while you’re slaving away in the kitchen. 

Tip: People love photo booths. Hang a backdrop, make some props and BOOM, you’re in the running for Party of the Year.

Party planning can be stressful but remember to relax. Don’t stress over perfecting your menu because let me tell ya something, wh
en it comes to hosting, being present trumps being perfect every. single. time.
 
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