Ideas for party planning
Parties cover a huge range of events and celebrations, and if you’ve been tasked with planning one, you might be wondering where to start. As well as birthdays, national holidays, corporate events and life changes, you might want to throw a party just to see friends.
When looking for party planning ideas, the best place to start is to think about the nature of the event. The kind of party will depend on what you’re celebrating, as well as the age and the background of the attendees. For example, a kids’ party will be very different from an office Christmas party, which in turn will be very different from a student housewarming party. Each different party will require different entertainment, a different venue, possibly even different food.
Key areas to consider when trying to think of ideas for party planning include:
You also need to consider whether you’re going to ask other people to help out with the preparations or during the event itself. Each factor influences at least one other – for example, the number of guests you want to invite to the party will dictate the size of venue you need. The food and entertainment will depend on the number of guests, and whether these things are provided by the venue. Every area will be influenced by your budget.
Within each area, you have important decisions to make. If you want to provide food at the party, you need to plan whether it will be home-cooked, bought in advance from a store, or provided especially by professional caterers.
Entertainment is also important, and it’s usually a good idea to provide a range of entertainment that will suit as many guests as possible. This might include providing music, and lighting, as well as party games. For kids’ parties, you might want to consider hiring external child entertainers or equipment like a bouncy castle.
If you’re struggling to find ideas for party planning, try theming the party to a certain occasion. For example, if you’re planning a birthday party, try theming it to the decade the person celebrating their birthday was born. Parties celebrating national holidays or events are also easy to theme. Theming a party can make it easier to select food and entertainment, and can also provide a more interactive experience for guests, especially if costumes are involved.
If you plan to host a party with costumes, or you want guests to bring food, drinks or other items, you need to give them enough notice so they can organize this themselves. Sending out reminders or notes about the party is best done with the invitations so that people have plenty of time to plan what they are going to wear or bring, and they are less likely to forget.
Depending on the event, you might want to provide your guests with something to thank them for coming to the party. Although this is something you might send out after the party, it’s still an important factor in the party planning process and needs to be organized alongside the event itself. Ideas for guests include thank-you notes, which you can send after the event, or party favors, which you can prepare in advance and hand out during the event.
Whatever kind of party you throw, forward planning and good organization are the key to a successful event. If you spend time on the event in advance, everything will come together on the evening, leaving you free to enjoy the party alongside the other guests.