Planning a party shouldn’t be a hair-pulling, anxiety-ridden affair that’ll leave you stressed out and edgy come party time. It’s all about your approach to planning and the little details that go with it. Become the hostess with the mostest by following these party planning tips that will leave you fresh and fabulous come party time.
Set a Budget
Determining how much you’re willing to spend for a gathering is an excellent way to kick off your plans. By setting a budget, you’ll have an idea how big the party’s going to be, how much food you’ll need, how many guests you should invite, how to decorate your space and other important factors that make a good party. You’ll also save yourself from a budget hangover the next day.
Don’t Invite Everyone
Throwing a party is a skill, but handpicking your guests is an art. Invite people that are fun to be around, engaging and require zero babysitting. Another batch of people you want around are those you haven’t seen in a while and want to catch up with, those who have interesting backstories or careers and those you just love hanging out with. Trimming your guest list will also let you focus more on talking to everybody and not spending a small fortune on food and drinks.
Simplify your Menu
Keep the menu light and easy. Thinking of a theme for food is an excellent way to simplify, because you’ll just be focusing on one or two dishes. Having a seafood theme for example, is a great way to cut prep time and just use most of the same ingredients for all your dishes. Want to keep it even more simple? Pizza. Who doesn’t love pizza? It has everything – carbs, protein, fat and veggies. It’s easy to eat, you don’t need any utensils and it’s cheap. Another good idea is to just serve finger food and make it an after dinner party.