Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Holiday Party Planning Tips

It's that time of year again…the holidays…Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

Planning your own party can be stressful. You want your party to be the best and you want all of your guests to have a great time and talk about your party for months to come.

How do you plan a great party?  We've listed a few useful tips to help you plan the best holiday party ever.

1. Start You Planning Now!

Give yourself plenty of time to plan and organize. You need time to research (vendors, venues, etc.) It’s important when planning your party to start the planning process early so you can book the vendors you want when you need them.

2. Visualize your party

What do you want your party to look like? Is it formal or informal? What's the d├ęcor?

3. Prepare a Budget

Take what you've visualized and begin to create a realistic plan. Your budget may not allow you to have everything so you may have to prioritize. Make a list of what you feel you absolutely have to have for your party, then based your budget eliminate those things you can do without.

4. Hire an Event Planner

If your budget allows enlist the help of a party planner. Planners can help you with all those tiresome little details that are so easy to overlook. Planners can help you find reputable vendors, great venues, help you establish and maintain your budget and help you get the most for your money.

5. Send Your Invitations

Once you've finalized your guest list get your invitations out ASAP. You need to give your guests ample time to RSVP so you can get an accurate guest count. Providing accurate head counts to your vendors is vital to help you stay within your budget.

6. Create an Event Timeline

When does the caterer arrive? What time do you want the band to begin playing? What time do those extra tables and chairs arrive so they'll be set up when the guests arrive?

These are just a few guidelines on how you can start your holiday planning process.
Remember to have some fun with the planning process, after all it is a party you're planning and parties are supposed to be fun!

So best of luck and happy holiday party planning


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