Casual House Party Checklist
created on Dec 28, 2011
Choose a suitable date. Weekends are usually good, especially with adults who work full-time.
Build your guest list. Decide if guests are allowed to bring friends.
Send your invitations, and plan at least a month ahead for major holidays.
Write down a preliminary budget. Consider financial participation from guests.
Take an inventory of your party supplies.
Reserve any rental supplies you may need on the day of the party.
Plan your menu and write your shopping list.
If you are not cooking certain food items, order them now.
If having a potluck party, assign the dishes along with the invitations.
Start building your music playlist, and plan some movies to keep kids busy in the evening.
Confirm attendance with the people on your guest list.
Plan your decoration and go to the store to buy any decorating supplies.
If kids are coming, plan activities specifically for them.
If having the party at your house, start the heavy cleaning.
Go buy the beverages and other non-perishable items.
Make space in your fridge for the food you will cook during the week.
Clean up what is left; do the dusting and clean your counters. Put the clutter of your house away.
Buy perishables and prepare the food that can be done in advance and kept in the fridge or freezer.
Make sure the batteries of the cameras are charged. You wouldn't want to miss a great moment because of a dead battery!
If children are coming, child-proof dangerous areas.
Prepare the food that needs to be fresh, and buy produce for salads and desserts.
Decorate your table and your house.
Take out the extra chairs for your guests.
Take out the beverages for the bar. Don't forget to get ice!
Take out the snack bowls and platters and set them on the table.
Set aside space for coats and boots if your party is in the winter.
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