Organizing a Party
When you are organizing a party, you are often swept away by all the planning and forget the little details which can make or break your event. Luckily, here are a reminder of the top five things you shouldn’t forget when you are chief party planner.
Be Gracious and Warn the Neighbours
Surprisingly a large number of people forget this vital step leading to problems later on. On the whole, your neighbours are fine with you throwing a party as long as they have notice beforehand. If you think your party might be a bit noisy and last into the small hours, it is respectful to inform both of your next door neighbours. Being aware of your party means that they won’t be taken by surprise by the festivities and become aggravated. Often taking around a small peace offering, such as a bottle of wine, is all you need to do to guarantee happy neighbours!
Keep an Eye on the Weather Report and Plan Accordingly
This is essential if you are planning to have a barbecue or outdoor party as they can be very dependent on good weather conditions. If when you check the updated weather report and rain is suspected then you should think about investing in a marquee. Keeping the rain off with a marquee or canopy will stop your party from being a wash out. Even if you aren’t having an outdoor party, you could provide a covered area outside for the smokers so they don’t get soaked. Planning for any weather eventuality means that you won’t have to worry about getting caught out!
Stick to a Budget
Although it is tempting to go all out but you can still throw a memorable party within a reasonable budget. Most guests don’t need flash and pomp. Guests will be happy with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly company. Sticking to a budget can make you more creative with your money and actually provide more interesting decoration than store bought tatt.
Enough of Everything
Firstly make sure you have enough food and drink to feed and water more people than your invite. Guests will eat and drink much more than you will expect so it advisable to buy a little too much. Ending up with surplus the next day is much better than guests leaving early because the party has run dry. Make sure you don’t forget the little things! Plastic cups, plates and cutlery are essentials. There is no point preparing an amazing buffet of food if there won’t be anything to eat it on and with. A last thing to make sure you never forget is toilet roll! Often overlooked, this is the most essential little item you will need.
Lastly, and most importantly, you will need music! Early arriving guests will mix better with background music than a quiet, early atmosphere. If you have the time prepare several playlists for your party to cater to the stages. Initially you will need light music to encourage conversation but as the party gets into full swing change to music that is fun to dance to. A variety of music will please your guests as there will be something for everyone to enjoy!
Corinne Kemp – Lifestyle Writer for Props and Frocks