How to Plan the Perfect Party... and ENJOY it!

 

Party Planning. It's a whole lot different than partying. Am I right? From the decor, to the food, to the music, to the entertainment, to the favors...and on and on. Pinterest has created such pressure in hosting that people would rather not plan an event at all than have it not be perfect. That is not the point! Perfection, as I have stated, is not a goal... enjoyment IS! Enjoying your home, relishing in company, having mistakes happen and telling yourself, "huh, ok... won't do that again. Moving on."

So how can we accomplish a well decorated, delicious and memorable party without the stress and pressure? BOOM. I'm here to help. Here are 7 tips for a fun and gorgeous, stress-free party!

1. DECOR

Baby feet imprinted on burplap. Easy. Cute. Done.

It's the first impression of the party and should relate to the theme. Is it a wedding shower? Is it a guy's birthday bash? What is the tone you want to set? DO NOT go buy everything for the party. Use and reuse what you have. Frame pictures of the person you are throwing the event for around the house (with frames you already own). Don't have matching dishes? GREAT, mix and match and play off the funky decor.

A great tip is to use one central focal point for the party. Whether it be the food table or the gift table, center your creative decor to one area. That's where people will take photos in front of and gather around. It doesn't mean leave the rest of the house void of any decoration, but it helps to have a main base for the party.

A great example for creative decor is a baby shower. Get old books you may have for kids and open them on the food table or stack them up. I have used old scraps of burlap as a table topper and made baby footprints going across the table for a cute touch (pictured above). What about upside down umbrellas for the "shower" hanging over the drink table (see pictures in bottom of article). Knowing your THEME is key. Play with it, add humor to it. Chalkboards are great for that. Invest in some or make your own like these.

Don't let small spaces scare you. I once threw a party in a one bedroom apartment we were living in at the time in LA. It worked! I just had to be creative with space. For example, the coffee bar was stationed on our hutch and the drinks were all on the walk out patio. But it worked!

Make sure to think outside the box. There is no right or wrong way to decorate your party. Have fun! I didn't have a napkin holder at one event so I used books as a bookend, if you will, for the napkins. There are no rules. Just map all of your ideas out so you can check them off the list. This brings me to my next point.... you guessed it!

2. The List

There is no right or wrong way to organize your party, but you do need to create a list. One major list with categories:

  • Food

  • Drinks

  • Decor

  • Flowers

  • Guest List

  • Games

  • Favors

Write out anything else you need to check off. Having a list will make it easier to distribute responsibilities. Now pause. I am AWFUL at this. I want to do it all myself and think (to this day) I can, until my wonderful husband reminds me that I turn insane and begin sweating, and cursing and answering the door in my yoga pants because there "WASN'T ANY TIME! THERE'S NEVER ANY TIME!" So unless you want to be like Jessie from Save by the Bell...DELEGATE. There are always people asking to help, and if you don't have those people in your life, find new friends.

Also, make sure your list has an "in advanced" and "day of" section. Why? Because the next tip: