Monday, July 19, 2010

Party Planning Checklist: Your Party Made Easy

Well all, we are half-way through summer party season. Which while fun can be a bit stressful!!

So I have simplified your party preparation with a detailed list of steps to make sure your next bash is an absolute hit.....

Party Planning Checklist

Make an invitation list.  Remeber that usually 70 percent of guests will show up. Decide on a theme, if desired. Send invitations via Mail, e-mail, even phone invites are all acceptable. Coordinate invitations and the food menu with your theme. Pre-plan with a shopping list and cooking timetable. 
2 weeks beforehand.....

Hire any waitstaff or party entertainment at least two weeks before. Remember that service people work on a as-needed basis and will need to schedule your event.

Clean your linens and glassware or purchase plastic utensils/tableclothes. Choose an upbeat and varied playlist of music that all of your guests will enjoy. Note that Itunes has compilation playlist that are grouped by theme.
Complete any advanced grocery shopping and cooking. Prepare any dishes that can be frozen.

One week beforehand.....

Early in the week, do a detailed cleaning job and arrange furniture to accomodate your expected guest count. Plan on touch ups for 15 minutes a day until the big event. Plan you bar: three bottles of wine for every four people, three to four cocktails per guest for a two- to three-hour cocktail party. Alcohol can be purchased at BevMo or Costco for very reeasonable prices.

Three days before...

Be considerate and tell your neighbors to expect extra noise and less parking on the day of your party. Typically, your best bet is to invite them as a guest. Make a detailed timeline of cooking preparation and doublecheck the ingredient list.

One Day Before

Set up tables or buffet and chairs. Place trash cans throughout the house to cut down on later cleanup. Anticipate spills and have plenty of paper towels, club soda, and other stain removers avilable. Buy and arrange flowers. Do all possible prep work for your food selections.

Day of...
Finish any last bits of cooking. Try to save yourself a headache and keep day-of-cooking to a minimum. the cooking ! .Display food. About two hours before guests arrive, set out appetizers and snacks that won’t perish at room temperature. Give yourself 30 minutes to relax and freshen up before guests arrive.... And lastly Enjoy!!!!!!!!

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