My best friend and I do a lot of party planning and as much as we love our families sometimes we need to get out of the house to be able to focus.
Trying to plan parties from home is hard, there are a million distractions, kids, husbands, pets…you name it! However, with some simple party planning tips and a strategy, you don’t have to stress out about planning the perfect party.
I often get asked how we manage to do it all so we wanted to share a few of our tips for Phase 1 of planning a party:
- Decide on a theme: Pick colors, talk about anything else that may be tied to the event (in our case the wedding) to get an idea of what the host likes.
- Decide on decorations. Break the list into what will be bought and what will be made.
- Make a list of supplies needed for the items you are making.
- Decide on favors. Cute favors can totally make a party so figure out what you want to do. In our case, we chose to do a trail mix bar where guests can make their own trail mix to take home in a mason jar.
- Make a supplies list. Anything you will need to bring with you the day of.
- Plan invitations. Invites are key so make sure you pay close attention to the company you are using. Basic Invite is wonderful for having a lot of options to providing a free address collection service (which saves so much time)! They also provide a wedding website which are completely customizable. These wedding websites are mobile friendly and super easy to use. You can instantly upload all of your wedding details along with images and a map with directions which is super convenient for guests. You are also able to choose from 180 custom colors and even choose a design to match your wedding invitation suite!
- Plan out food. Think about your timeline food that can be served cold or room temperature, and things that can be made ahead of time are great. A few hot items are good (especially if they can be served in the slow cooker) but you don’t want to have too many things in the oven that day.
- Create a list of serveware needed. We usually sketch out a picture of the table and draw each dish where it would go to get an image in our heads of how the table will be laid out.
- Once you have everything decided, make a list of projects and food and assign due dates so you can stay on schedule and not be overwhelmed at the last minute.
We try to start at least a month in advance so we have plenty of time to get things done.