As I get older, it is easier to find more reason to host a party. Now, I am not talking your cheesy house party you throw when your parents are on vacation… I mean the kind of party MTV would air on an episode of ‘My Super Sweet Sixteen‘. As an avid party planner, the joys of deciding on a theme, organization, decoration and execution are always on my mind when a special event is brought up. Whether it be a birthday, holiday season, or an achievement. If the interest for a party is there, my creative brain is rolling through ideas.
First thing I recommend is to pick a theme! (And yes, there should always be a theme). Whether it be Tiki on a birthday, or Gatsby on New Years Eve; having a theme gets guests excited to attend. This also helps with future planning for decorations and organization. This way, creating photo walls, picking music, and allowing guests to dress accordingly will be more fun and a more unique event!
After your theme has been chosen, it is now officially party planning time! After you make a list of the guests, you can start working on your invitation! It is easiest to make it online, or create one from scratch to take a photo of, and send it out! With the theme in mind, Pinterest is full of ideas for all themed party ideas, including the invitation!
Like the invitations above, making sure all the information is clear. Time, day, location, and any tips for the guests upon arrival! Using bold fonts, colour to fit the theme, and stickers! This will keep the theme in everyones mind, and help remind people of the details for the party! (Using Avery for invitation creation is the most efficient!)
We have our theme and the invitation has been sent out! It is now time to pick a location! Keeping in mind the weather, amount of guests, and activities you will be doing! If it is a sunny day, try hosting a backyard BBQ! Picking a location before decoration shopping is very important because it will help with where you will hang certain items, and where to put food and tables! Again, using Pinterest is an easy way to find ideas to fit your theme.
To find the basics supplies like streamers, poster paper, paint, etc. I like to look in WalMart and the Dollar Store. Cheaper prices, with just as good product. For the ‘real deal’ products, specifically theme based, I go to Party City. At Party City they have every colour imaginable. Any theme you are thinking, they will have costumes, cups, plates, napkins, piñata’s, etc! The price is higher than other stores, but you get exactly what you’re looking for! A good example from a Tiki party I hosted; many people upon arriving aren’t sure how ‘all out’ others will be, so they dress down. At my Tiki party, I made sure there were enough lei’s for everyone. That way, they felt included in the theme, without having to wear anything specific.
Based on your guests and the time of the party, make a grocery list! No one will be expecting a buffet, but having party favourites like chips & dip, veggie/fruit trays, and candy will be an added bonus. It is always a hit, no matter how simple it may be. I recommend using nice trays that go along with your party theme, to add to the experience. Picking paper plates and napkins that fit in, and choosing a quick & easy cocktail to make for your guests to try. I like to put mine in an infuser drink dispenser. Picking a simple drink with few ingredients will be completely unexpected but will make guests feel welcomed and excited to attend future events.
Lastly, it is music time! This is something people will often look past or forget, but for themed parties it is such a bonus add-on that brings the mood up! Having a party specific playlist with crowd hits, and theme fitting songs is easy, quick, and you can do this during down time. Remembering, not to make it too obscure. People still want to hear their favourite hit songs. Simply googling songs to help you, and making a repetitive playlist on your music app!
It is officially party set up time! Everything has been purchased, and you are ready for decorating! I hope my party planning tips help you for your next exciting event! Good luck! Were these tips helpful for an event you’re planning? I would also love to hear more tips that you have for my own future planning!