For a number of us, the idea of organising a private party is a terrifying prospect. There is so much to do and generally when we think about organising an event, so little time. Whether it’s a party for a birthday, engagement or you just want to have lots of your friends around, getting it done right is not always guaranteed. Location is the main consideration you need to look at, as organising a party in your home, at work or at a castle, are all completely different and different things are required. The numbers of people you intend to invite also changes the types and number of equipment you need, but there are some tips to help you with all this and we will look at some of them here.
- Be Realistic – You need to have some ideas in order to begin planning and you also need to be realistic, regarding what you want. We all look in the fancy magazines and see the food layout, the ice sculptures, the chocolate fountain and, we think, yes, that’s what I want. However, these things cost a lot of money and take a great deal of organising to be effective. There is no need to get extravagant, and so think about the little things that you can do to make your party original and fun.
- Create A Budget – How much money do you intend to spend on your party? There is no point ordering a lot of stuff and realising that you have run out of money, and there is still no food or drinks. Consider the areas you need to look at and ask yourself, do I need wholesale catering equipment or will standard equipment be sufficient, do I need live entertainment or will a DJ and some music be OK, can I have this party at my home, or do I need to rent an alternative venue? Once you answer these questions, then you can divide your budget and know what you can do.
- Make Lists – You need a list so that you are very clear in your mind what you want and what you can achieve, that is within your budget. Write down all that you think you need and come up within a time frame, in which you need to organise everything within. Keep your list simple, so that it is easily followed by others, if it is your intention to get help with your project. Figure out who you want to put in charge of what and then let them run with it.
- Make A Timetable – What kind of food do you want to serve at your event. Is this to be an event that is to go on all day, or is it something that will take place at night. Setting your timetable will help you decide on what kind of food to offer your guests. A buffet style or finger food is a good option if you are expecting large numbers, but you are not expecting them to stay long. A full sit down meal is preferable if your guest numbers are lower, and you really want to create a formal event that is memorable.
These are only a few points to consider, but consider them you must, and with a little ingenuity and a little flair, your party will be great fun and also be remembered by many. Good luck.