Planning a Memorable Party
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"Planning a Memorable Party"Part One- The Basics

Author: Jennifer - Internet Sales Coordinator & Team LeaderJanuary 2007

When you think of planning a party, the task can be overwhelming. By breaking down the pre-party elements into smaller steps, you will save yourself stress and be able to plan the most memorable party possible. Read on for some party planning tips!

Once you have decided to throw a party, there are some basic questions to decide before you can proceed with the details. One of the most basic questions is what kind of party that you want to have. Many times, this is already decided when you decide to throw the party. There are many unique reasons and themes to use in your party if you are unsure of what kind of party to have. A holiday is a popular time for a celebration, such as St. Patrick's Day. Consider having a wine tasting party, a dinner or cocktail party, or a Superbowl party.

The budget of your party is another aspect to consider. Parties can be as simplistic or ornate as you wish, depending on what kind of party that you anticipate having. Your budget should cover everything from the invitations, food, drinks, favors, decorations and centerpieces, if you are having them. To take this one step further, you can break down your budget into subcategories, so you will set a limit on how much you will spend on food, for example. As you go through the planning process, this will help you to stay as close to your budget as possible. If you go over in one category, you can make it up in another so that you stay close to your original goal amount.

Part of determining your budget is deciding how many guests you are going to have and making a guest list. Even for small and informal parties, this will serve you well when it is time to send invitations. With larger parties, it is necessary to make a guest list. When deciding who will be invited, you should also decide if you are going to invite children. If children are not invited, you should let your guests know either verbally or via the invitation.

Next, the location of the party should be considered. Sometimes the date of the party depends on the location. For example, if you are renting a hall or having your party at a restaurant, the date will depend on the location of the party. Even if the party will be at someone's home (besides your own), you will want to make sure that the date is convenient for them. The time is another aspect to be decided, however, this can be dependant on availability of the location of the party. If you are having the party at your home, this gives you some leniency, as you can simply select a date and time that is convenient for you.

Depending on what the atmosphere of the party is, you may want to consider any events during the party. For example, if you are having a party with a guest of honor (anniversary, birthday, Sweet Sixteen) you could play a game called "It's Your Life." This is a game where all the guests are given a small piece of paper and asked to write a saying or memory that the guest of honor would know, or a memory. All the pieces of paper are put into a bowl, where the guest of honor picks a piece, one by one. They read the saying out loud and guess who wrote it. Most often, the guest of honor shares many special and funny memories with guests. If you are planning on having a dinner party or cocktail hour, you can simply have the guests socialize rather than play a game. It's up to you!

Because every party is different, rules of party planning range from the formal to the casual. However, any party can be fun and memorable, no matter how many guests are attending or the budget. Creativity and personalization will create a fun atmosphere that your guests will remember, which is the most important part of party planning.