You don’t have to have a degree in party planning to throw a memorable bash! Keep a few simple things in mind to plan the perfect party.
Consider the occasion. Is this a birthday party, housewarming party, mixer, holiday party, or something else? Tailor your guest list, food, and entertainment to meet the occasion. This party doesn’t have to “have it all” to be exceptional.
Invite your guests with consideration: a simple mishmash of your social circle may not be the way to go. A smaller, more compatible group may make for a more fun event for all involved. Invite friends from different social circles who have similar interests, and remember to make introductions during the event.
Get help: if the party is more than just a few friends coming over, see if some of your guests can come early to help you prep and set up so you don’t run yourself ragged trying to do everything at once. Friends can also help with the clean-up, just make sure the friends helping you set up aren’t the same ones helping to clean up.
If the event involves a large number of people who do not know each other, consider making this a themed party. Themes are a simple and fun way to communicate expectations about dress, food, and atmosphere. It’s also a great way to get people talking!
Be considerate of special needs. Remember to include non-alcoholic drink options, and have a plan for guests who may get too intoxicated to drive themselves home. If any of your guests have food allergies, remember to provide snacks that accommodate them.
If your house is tricky to find, make some decorations for your door or mailbox to help everyone locate your home easily. Strings of holiday lights work well for evening events, and balloons are easily visible for daytime parties.
Don’t forget about music! Set up a playlist from your own music library, or spend some time on Pandora.com or other streaming sites: you can create your own radio stations based on your personal preferences.
I hope you’re having a great day – let me know if you need anything.