Party planning is one of the most exciting parts of any event, but if it’s not done well, the entire event can be a flop. Whether this is the first event you’ve ever hosted or trying to make the most out of an event after a long line of subpar gatherings, party planning is an art that everyone should learn.
These are the top things to know about party planning and why it’s possible to make any event a success.
Plan As Early As Possible
Start planning the moment you realize you want to host or create an event. This means putting together everything from a list of who will be there to figuring out the event and venue as soon as you can. Many things get booked far in advance, which means that if you wait until the last minute, you might not be able to book anything that you want to have for your party.
Planning early also ensures that you have room for failure or loss so that if anything goes wrong, you don’t have to worry about missing out for long.
Your Entertainment Should Stun
Whatever type of entertainment you offer should be something unlike anything else anyone has seen in the last couple of years. Not only should you hire someone who’s highly skilled, but they should also have a great personality so that guests are wowed just by being at the same event as them.
If your party has a theme: even better.
Don’t Fear Themes
Whether you hire Italian singers to drive home the era-specific party, or you hire live mermaids for a pirate-themed event: don’t be afraid to lean into it! Not only are themed parties fun to plan, but they’re incredibly fun to get to be a guest too.
If the theme requires costumes, make sure you let guests know at least a couple of months ahead. This gives them time to either make or save up and buy a costume that will show off their creativity and personal tastes.
Plan Around Drama
Not everyone gets along, so it’s a good idea to plan your event around the idea that some drama may break out. If you know that there are a few people who don’t get along, either don’t invite them or ask them to truce before they arrive. A truce may still leave tension within the room, but if there are enough people stopping in and being guests, nobody will notice the tension.
Clean-Up Should Be in the Plan
Cleaning time should be within your plan, especially if you’re renting a space for the venue. You don’t have to powerwash the area, but you should have time to clean up any food, sweep out the space, and get rid of any decorations you’ve put up in the area. Failing to plan time for this can leave you with too little time to clear the space and a fee for having to be in it later than expected.
Every Event Is Different But Should be Fun
Whether this is a birthday party or a retirement gathering, every event will have its own ups and downs. Make sure to get the most out of the ups and create an event unlike any other.