Pulling off a fantastic event can be done with careful planning, a fun venue, and a pinch of luck. Really enjoying your own party is often a matter of personal sacrifice. Your own fun often goes by the wayside with all of the stress and last minute details that come with planning and coordinating a party. The thing is- it doesn’t have to be this way!
With some specific party planning tips, you can throw the party of the year while still enjoying the festivities yourself.
One of the main reasons that a good hostess can enjoy their own bash is because they thought of different scenarios- and planned ahead. Make a list of party must-haves, from food prep to decorations. Writing it on paper or taking notes on your phone or computer can help organize your thoughts. Make sure that you have an accurate body count and plan for several extra guests. You never know who will bring a plus-one unannounced. It is also a good idea to check with your guests beforehand to see if there are any dietary restrictions that you should be aware of such as gluten allergies.
If you are running the show solo, simplicity is key. Food choice and preparation is going to be a big factor in whether or not you are able to enjoy your party. Making as much of your menu ahead of time as possible is going to help enormously. Another tip is to choose simple, yet elegant appetizers to serve your guests. Sticking with one or two ingredient dishes will ensure a quick prep time. Have food arranged on sturdy trays ready to set out when necessary. Food that does not need to be kept extremely hot or cold is another way to keep it simple. As far as decorating goes, choosing elegant black or white is a great way to make a chic statement without a lot of fuss.
Choosing to relax and let things play out how they may is one of the hardest things for a host to do. Problems will arise but if you planned ahead, they most likely won’t end in disaster. Talk and laugh with your guests. If they see you enjoying yourself, they will too. Take pictures or better yet, designate someone else to! With careful planning and a great attitude, you will be sharing party planning blog worthy pictures of a successful event of your very own!