With Summer just around the corner, it seems like the perfect time to share our Party Planning Tips! So whether you are planning a backyard bash, a chic garden gala, or a full on wedding, these tips can help you pull off the perfect party!
1. Select the Venue/Location and the Date – This should be done pretty early on because one, you need a place to hold the party, and two, the location and date can often help set the overall look and feel for your event. It’s never a good idea to try and compete with your surroundings, use them to your advantage instead!
2. Get Organized – There are a lot of party planning apps out there that do everything from keeping track of your guest list and RSVPs to scheduling tasks, to helping you pick out the best wine to go with your entree. You can check out 10 party planning apps here. We also like EventBrite’s Event Management page where you can post an event online, spread the word on social media, and if you are having an event that requires a ticket, this app will let you sell tickets and help track sales.
3. Set Your Style – Like I mentioned above, your venue or location could help with this. For example, if you are hosting a Fall event in a barn, then a rustic setting that incorporates the colors of Fall would be perfect. Or if you are having a beachside bash, then maybe a nautical or tropical theme would work best. If you are set on a certain theme or style, choose a venue or location that acts as a blank space that you can decorate any way you want!
4. Plan Your Menu – When you set the date you should also decide on the time, because time can make a big difference in what you should serve. If you host an early afternoon event then you will be fine serving hors d’oeuvres, but if your event is in the evening, then a full meal might be a better choice. Tight budget? Step outside the box and try a mid-morning event where you serve brunch! It’s cheaper and who doesn’t love brunch? (Especially if you serve mimosas!) And speaking of cocktails, why not make a signature drink? Whether you are planning on having a full bar, or just beer and wine, a signature cocktail can add a personal touch!
5. Simplify – Wherever and whenever you can! Limit menu and drink choices, stick to simple table decor…anything you can do to save your sanity come the day of!
6. Get Help – Speaking of your sanity, it’s okay to ask for help. In fact, we highly recommend it! No one can do it all and why would you want too? You don’t want to be so drained by the time of the party that you can’t even enjoy it. Is your best friend super creative? Maybe she’s willing to help with the floral arrangements. Are your baking skills lacking? Hello local bakery! Planning should be fun, not stressful!
7. Add Fresh Flowers – Fresh flowers are actually proven to make people happier, plus they instantly liven up any space by adding color and texture. At FiftyFlowers we make it easy with our DIY mixed flower boxes, which come with an assortment of fresh flowers and greens for you to make your own arrangements, or our pre-arranged centerpieces, which come ready to go–just cut the stems and plop in a vase! Or, keep it simple with a single flower variety. Arrange roses in short square vases for a classic, elegant look, or curl calla lilies in bubble vases for a chic and modern feel. Looking for something unique? Billy Balls in bud vases are easy and so much fun, or you could go eco-chic with terrariums filled with succulents and air plants!
8. Have a Plan – No, you don’t need every minute planned out, but it’s good to have a general timeline. If you plan on serving a sit down dinner at 7, but have everyone show up at 5 make sure they have stuff to do. Have cocktails and light appetizers ready. Is it a party where many people won’t know each other? Make name tags with a question or conversation starters on them to encourage people to mingle. Games can be fun too! Games like Cornhole or Giant Jenga have even made their way into the wedding scene!
9. Greet your Guests – If you are not able to personally do it, then have someone else act as your designated greeter. Welcome people into the party by offering them a cocktail or beverage and then maybe introduce them to a few people they don’t know. This will help people feel welcome and comfortable.
10. Have Fun! – That’s really what it all comes down to right?! If you aren’t having fun, your guest aren’t going to have fun, so loosen up and let’s party! 🙂