Organizing Parties

by Karen Bates
(last updated August 5, 2014)

Everyone enjoys a good party now and then, but it is easier to be the guest than the person hosting. Getting a party ready can be a very stressful and even a difficult task, and by the end the host or hostess can be left too exhausted to have much fun.

With so much planning to do, being the one who throws a party can leave you with a huge list of things to prepare and probably not enough time or energy to do those things as well as you'd like. In order to make sure that your next party goes as smoothly as possible, you should probably be prepared with a list of things to get ready well before the date of the party.

If you are holding a party sometime soon, remember these things as you get ready for your celebration:

  • First, decide on a date and theme. With a larger or more formal event, you will probably want to send out invitations. For a small or informal gathering, it may be enough to pass word of the party along in conversation, by email, or through a social networking web site.
  • Make a guest list early. Having a list of the people who are invited to the party will help you plan all other aspects of the event, like how much food to buy and how many chairs will be needed. If it is a more formal party, have guests RSVP so that you can know for certain who will be attending.
  • If you are throwing a large party, ask a friend to take on some of the duties of hosting the party. For instance, have this person take half of the responsibilities of bringing food, inviting people, setting up, and cleaning up.
  • If you want to make throwing a party easier and less expensive on yourself, ask guests to bring drinks or a plate of food for the party (like a potluck). Ask one guest to bring a dessert, another a salad, and so on. This way, there will be a large variety of food at the event but you won't have to worry about preparing ( or buying) it all on your own.
  • Plan in advance what kinds of activities you will have at the party. Will there be games, music, entertainment, or just socializing? Know beforehand so that you have a way to entertain your guests in case things slow down. Is this a kid's party or an adult gathering? Your party activities will depend on the guests present.

Remember to relax and don't stress out over organizing your party too much. Take it easy and enjoy yourself!

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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