Do you want to throw a casual party for friends or family, and you’re not sure where to start? This checklist is for you! We have built it around the idea of a casual house party meant to celebrate a birthday, a promotion, or any important event in your life. It can also be used for a simple get-together among friends. We have thought it was important to include the possibility for children, although this is not specifically a checklist for a child’s birthday party. This kind of party can be put together two or three weeks in advance, but do leave more time for invitations if you plan on having it on a major holiday. We built this checklist to be as useful as possible to help you focus on the things you need to do, not on wondering what you have to do. Follow these steps and you will have a great time at your party!
The real work begins about a week before your party, when you need to start shopping for food, service and decoration items. You may even need to get rental items, so time yourself accordingly. If you are having a potluck, you need to assign dishes, or at least a course, at least two weeks beforehand so that your guests have time to plan their food shopping. If you are cooking yourself, don’t skimp on ingredient quality: simple dishes prepared with the best and freshest ingredients will impress more than a complicated menu cooked with mediocre food. Think about some entertainment or games for the children, as well as for the adults if the conversation becomes sparse. It is a time for bonding and fun, and games can be a great tool to support both.