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I am the world’s worst at party planning. Seriously! I am terrible at decorating, I hate games, and I rarely get enough food planned because I fail most at invites and RSVPs. I had to face that, though I may love parties, party planning is not for the faint of heart. Here are some of my go-to ideas when it comes to getting myself together to plan a party.
Inviting the Guests
When I start off right by making a guest list and sending out invites, I start off organized. I found Basic Invite that is chock full of cards for almost every major life moment including weddings, showers, birth announcements, first birthdays, graduations, and more. This website is versatile in that allows almost unlimited color options with instant previews. Once you select a design, you can change the color of each element on the card with over 180 choices. They even have foil options that make 50th invitations look so classy. The birthday invitations are fun and have tons of options as well. Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51.
Once you get those invites sent, keep track of the RSVPs. Not that I know anything about not knowing how many people are coming to a party. I mean, apparently this plays a part in the party planning process.
There is nothing worse than planning food for a party and realizing you didn’t make enough for everyone. Publix fried chicken to the rescue. Make a simple spreadsheet and off you go!
A quick search on Pinterest for party food ideas sets me up for total party pleasing success.
A baker I am not. So let me just add here, that I order a cake. If you go on a local Facebook page, you will likely find a slew of people who are small businesses that bake the most amazing cakes.
This is my least favorite part. I do not have the creative eye needed for the decorating that goes into a party. But, if I follow one simple plan, I can get my creative juices flying. Balloons I (helium), and streamers for the rooms. Let’s talk tables. Centerpieces are a thing. I have been working on getting a little craftier with them instead of just buying paper ones. Get some themed table clothes or follow a color scheme and have a little fun crafting a centerpiece. We once had a Goonies party and made a sail for the centerpiece with “Never Say Die” painted on it. We also bought mugs and painted gold skulls and crossbones for each plate setting! It was amazing. The possibilities are endless.
Make it fun
The key to party planning is making it fun. Don’t forget to ask for help and delegate. It doesn’t have to be all you. If you have family and friends who offer, make a list of tasks you can hand out to others who may have a strength in that area. Delegating is a strength too.
Lastly, enjoy the party. Talk to your guests and let them tell you how great it was, because in the end, no matter what the decorations are, everyone will have fun!