Party Planning Checklist
created on Dec 28, 2011
Decide on the day, and the time of the day. People usually have parties on weekends, but don't feel restrained if your guests are available during the week.
Write down your guest list and give "plus ones" if necessary.
Invite your guests by phone, email or even Facebook. Facebook has become a very useful tool in party-planning, but don't neglect your friends who are not on the site.
Make a budget and stick to it. If you will require help from your guests, let them know how much. Consider a "bring your own beverage" party to save on alcohol.
Look through your house for party supplies. Write down anything you are missing.
Go to your rental store and reserve anything you might need at least ten days ahead, if not more.
Plan the food, whether you are cooking or having a potluck.
After planning your menu, assign dishes (or at least a course) to your guests.
Choose the music you will play, if any, and think about ways to keep the children busy and safe without much adult supervision.
Confirm your guests' attendance, but leave flexibility for last-minute arrangements.
If you decide to decorate your house, choose how and buy the supplies in the store.
Start doing the bigger cleaning, such as floors and windows.
You can buy the beverages and non-perishables at this point.
Clean up your refrigerator and make space for all the food you'll buy and prepare during the following days.
Do lighter cleaning like dusting and counters. Take clutter away.
Go shopping for the perishables and cook the dishes that can be preserved in the fridge or in the freezer.
Make sure your photo and video cameras are charged and ready to be used.
If children are attending, make sure you remove anything dangerous to them.
Buy the produce for the salads and other fresh meals, and prepare the dishes that are left.
Set up your table and use any decoration you bought.
Make sure you have enough seating for everyone. Don't be afraid to ask your guests to bring their folding chairs if necessary.
Buy ice from the store and set up your bar.
Have the snack bowls ready before the first guests arrive.
If your party is in the winter, prepare space for the influx of boots and coats.
Since you planned so well, you'll have a great time!
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