Organizing a Family Party

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated July 2, 2020)

Whether it's the encroaching holidays or it is the celebration of a family get together, family parties can be very stressful. This is even more the case when it is your turn to host the party. All kinds of questions and considerations will be flowing through your mind. Will you be hosting a formal sit-down meal where everyone has to dress up? Perhaps you would rather have a more informal buffet? Whatever you plan on doing, you need to spend a little time organizing the family party, if for no other reason than to keep your sanity.

  • Theme. To truly make your party memorable, consider having a theme. Some examples that you can use would be to have a progressive dinner party. This would be where you have one course at one home and then you "progress" to other homes or locales for the other courses. Another method you could use would be to have an actual theme, such as "holiday dreams," "classic movies," or "fantasy made real." Just use your imagination.
  • Invitations. Invitations can be a great way to make your party stand out from the others. You can extend invitations through as simple a means as over the phone, through email, or even sending formal invitations through the mail. Keep in mind, though, that the more formal the event you have planned, the more formal of delivery method you should use. Have your guests RSVP at least one week in advance so you can finalize all your details.
  • Menu. A great way for you to limit your cost, and have a better organized party, is to develop a menu. This menu will help you plan exactly what you need for your party, while also allowing people to know what will be served at the party. If you are sending out a formal invitation, be sure that you include a copy of the menu. That way your guests can know if you will be serving something that they may be allergic to (or simply if it is something that they may not like).
  • Music. Who doesn't like music? When organizing your party decide on what kind of music you want to have playing in the background. Having music will help your guests relax while also making the party a little more enjoyable for everyone. Be sure that your music will appeal to as many of your guests as possible, while also being appropriate for the theme and occasion for the party.

Finally, regardless of the type of party that you will be hosting, be sure that you have enough seats for everyone. One of the surest ways to kill the mood for any party is to not have enough seats for your guests. After all, you don't want Great Aunt Estelle's bunions hurting her more than normal.

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Lee Wyatt

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