I love to throw parties and I am doing two parties this summer. One this weekend and one next month. when I tell people that I really enjoy hosting a party I get a variety of responses – everything from “You must be crazy!” to “Me, too!” A lot of people fall into the “Well, I’d like to give a party, but I just don’t have the ______” (fill in the blank with time, money, energy, etc.).
If you think you would like to throw a party but are worried about all that it entails, consider these points:
Visualize. What would your ideal party look like and how would you want to feel? Would you be happiest with an impromptu affair that would involve people dropping in and bringing a dish – either at your home or at a park? Are you more comfortable with a planned party where you are in control of the food and you know in advance how many people are coming? Would you like a sit down formal party that you either host in your home or in a restaurant?
Choose a date. Unless you are doing the impromptu party and who shows up is not important, you will want to give people enough warning to keep the date open. I usually send out a save the date email about six weeks before a party. I may check with my besties to see what dates would work for them before deciding on the date.
Brainstorm what needs to happen to make this party a fun one for you as well as for your guests. Write down everything you can think of. This list can be edited later.
Develop a time line. This is what makes giving a party fun for me. I take my list which includes such things as getting my yard up to snuff, having my house clean, as well as a menu and decorations. I may have 20 or more items on this list but if I spread out the tasks, none of them are overwhelming. When I have every task scheduled on my calendar, I can relax knowing everything will be great.
Enjoy your party! On the day of the party don’t overdo. Be ready to roll with whatever happens and know that when your friends start to show up it’s time your you to enjoy their company.
If you are interested in having a peek at my party timeline, send me a request via email (email@example.com) and I will send you a sample.
Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer