Planning a party, large or small
Planning a party for any number of people requires two major things: creativity and organization. Without one, the other becomes a more difficult job.
The first thing to determine for a perfect shindig is the type of occasion. The party could be as small and informal as a few guys getting together on football night or the girls going for a night out on the town, and as big as a wedding or bar mitzvah. Whatever the size, you need to figure out details as soon as possible. Where will you have it? What will the party consist of? Who is invited? Make a checklist of everything you need to know well before the event, and set goal dates to make sure you are ready when the day comes.
A big thing to remember with party planning is to plan time for you to be with your guests! You don't want to host a party for your friends and spend all your time busy with preparations for everyone. Your friends are there to see and spend time with you, not the fabulous dip you spend two hours making in the kitchen.
Going to the Party Planning Professionals
For a larger party, you may wish to consider using the party planning services of an event planner. Event planners often have the resources and contacts to get items you need in bulk, or help you find that elusive final party item. They can also handle the smaller, behind-the-scenes issues while you are busy playing host, such as paying the DJ and making sure the caterers get their food out to the tables on time.
A party planner also knows how to stick to the budget you set for yourself. Although the cost of a party planner may seem like it is adding to your budget, most planners have a variety of packages and payment options to make sure you have peace of mind on your event day and they can help you plan the perfect event for you and your guests.