Planning A Party Soon? Here Are Some Essentials

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People always love parties, whether they’re to celebrate a birthday, marriage or new baby. Whilst it’s an easy thing to be a guest, it takes a lot of planning beforehand if you’re the host. Perhaps you have an upcoming event that you’re responsible for. If that’s the case, this article can help you know what essentials you need to consider as you begin planning a party.

Supplies And Decorations

You’ll need supplies like cups and napkins, and decorations like balloons or streamers can make a place look festive and fun. If you have chosen a theme for your party, try and buy items that will be consistent with it. For supplies, you could go to your local dollar store or head out somewhere like Target or Walmart.

The internet is a great place to find help, guidance, and resources for your party. You can get party supplies and decorations for themes like Peppa Pig, Justice League, Frozen, Paw Patrol, or Fortnite. Whether it’s kids’ parties or baby showers you can buy balloons, cake decorating supplies, and even lifesize cardboard cutouts.

Your Guests

The people coming to your party are the most important aspect. Sit down and make a list of invitees and send them something by post, email, or smartphone. Make sure your venue will be able to accommodate the numbers, and that you can afford to provide food and drinks for them all.

It’s also helpful if you know the dietary restrictions of guests beforehand (e.g. vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, etc). This way you can tell the caterers and make sure they won’t leave your event hungry and thirsty. The best thing is to include something on the official invite that they can respond to.

Food, Drink, And Venue

No party is complete without food and drinks, so make sure you have enough of both. If you’re not serving a meal, have plenty of appetizers and snacks on hand. To make your platters look more presentable and appetizing you should use bamboo skewers. That way you are taking care of hygiene and the environment. Be sure to have non-alcoholic options for any guests who don’t drink alcohol – no one wants to feel left out or uncomfortable.

If you’re lucky enough to have a large home with plenty of space, your options are wide open. However, if you’re renting out a hall or using another venue, make sure to reserve it well in advance and ask about any restrictions they may have (such as no outside food or drink). The seating arrangement for your guests can be tricky – especially if you have a lot of people coming. You don’t want them all crammed together like sardines, but at the same time, you don’t want too much empty space. One way to solve this problem is by seating people in pairs or inviting extra guests.

The Weather And Games

Another thing you should be aware of is the weather, especially if your party will take place outdoors. If there’s a chance it might rain on the day of your event, you’ll need to either move it indoors or take some further action. For instance, buy some cheap plastic seating covers from Amazon or set up some gazebos. You could also have everyone bring their own umbrellas and use them as decorations!

Everyone needs to take a break from the serious business of life, and what better way than with some of these? It’s important that there are activities for all age groups so no one will feel ignored. This applies whether it’s outdoor games and sports or indoor quizzes. If it’s a kids’ party,  you’ll definitely need plenty of toys and games to keep them amused. You may even be able to hire a clown or magician to keep them fully occupied.

The Music

This is a key component of any party, and it can make or break the event. If you’re looking to hire a DJ or live band, be sure to book well in advance. Make sure you will be complying with any restrictions regarding noise levels, especially if it’s during the evening. If the event will be at your house, notify your neighbors, and ideally invite them. If you can’t afford a DJ or band use a music playlist from apps such as Spotify and have them related to some external speakers. If there will be guests or dancing outside, set up some external speakers for people.

You’ll also need to be sure there will be sufficient parking for your guests, and that you remain within budget. Once the preparation is all set you’ll be able to relax and look forward to making this an event that everyone will love and cherish for a long time to come.

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Written by Kara Masterson

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.

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