December 12 2011 at 12:22 PM No score for this post
Erica (no login) from IP address 18.104.22.168
A successful party does not need to be expensive or exhausting, and the memories it will create will last a life time. Depending on the extent of your plans a party can take anywhere from a day up to a month or more to plan and prepare. Move at a non-stressful pace and allow yourself time to get organized. Include friends and family to help plan and prepare for the party.
Before doing anything, you need to prepare a budget. Estimate a budget that suits your family. Figure out the cost per guest, usually three favors each is plenty. The easiest way to keep the price down is to make as much as you can yourself from the invitations to the decorations, favors and even food. A lot of party equipment rental services offer discounts on multiple rental items, which can save you a lot of money.
After figuring out your budget, you need to put together some more information to create an outline for your event.
• What date and time?
• The location?
• How long is the party?
• What activities do you want taking place? (Opening presents, cake cutting rituals...)
• How many guests are invited? (based on your budget)
There are a lot of services that can assist in preparing your event. There are other services that can provide party rental equipment to make planning easier. These services are great and can make planning effortless. If it is not in your budget to use these kinds of services, don't worry. Anyone can host a fabulous party without utilizing other services. It will just take a little more work.
The time of day that your event will take place is important. If your event will begin at lunch or dinner time, you would be obligated to prepare a meal for your guests. However, if your event takes place between meal times, you could get away with only serving light snacks.
Prepare food well in advance to prevent being trapped in the kitchen while your guests arrive. Have an ice breaking activity for the guests as they arrive. As more people show up, open with a game that lets the entire group interact. Plan calm games before refreshments, and free play for the final activity.
The entertainment is a big part of the event. Do not schedule your entertainment too close to the time of your guest's arrival, for the ones running late would miss it. Entertainment is best scheduled either before refreshments or at the end of the party.
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