Gearing up to throw the party of the year? Maybe you’re planning for the holidays, a birthday, or an upcoming event, but find yourself procrastinating on the prep work.
To help you organize your planning efforts, here’s a procrastinator’s guide to planning a fun party!
1. Pick a Date and Build the Guest List
Picking a date for your party and sending out invites is absolutely number one on your to-do list.
Procrastinators, heed our warning: if you wait until the last minute to invite your guests, you’ll end up partying alone!
You could save yourself some hassle by messaging your friends ahead of time to ask about their availability. Doing so will ensure that your party is packed.
2. Have a Budget
Depending on the type of party you’re planning and the size of the guest list, costs can get out of hand quickly. For example, a sweet 16 party at a rented venue will likely cost more than a house party at your apartment.
Put together a budget to make sure you don’t break the bank.
Here are a few must-haves for your budget:
- Venue rental (if necessary)
If you’re hosting a huge party or event and your costs are high, we’ve got a solution for you! Learn how to get sponsors for an event: a step by step guide to event sponsorship!
3. Plan the Menu
Speaking of food, planning out a menu and ordering for your fun party is the next step in this guide.
Consider the theme of the party and the kinds of food your guests enjoy.
Buffet style is always a safe bet if your party is more casual. You could even keep it simple with appetizers, finger-foods, and pizza.
If you’re planning on serving alcohol and want to keep costs down, plan to tell your guests that the party is BYOB!
4. Decide on Entertainment
Entertainment can vary wildly (pun intended) depending on the type of party you’re hosting.
For big parties, maybe you’ll want to hire a DJ. For a simple get together, make it fun by giving your friends a chance to curate a killer Spotify playlist.
One final note on entertainment: sometimes simple games can be the life of the party. Board games or card games, like Cards Against Humanity, will have your guests laughing for hours.
For serious procrastinators, plan to decorate the day before or the day of your party. Decorations can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like.
Be creative. Try a theme, host your party outside, use black lights around the house, or hang up an old set of Christmas tree lights for a cool and memorable vibe.
Speaking of memories, be sure to plan some fun party favors so that your guests will remember your party and show up for the next one!
Enjoy Yourself at Your Fun Party!
Hopefully, these five easy to manage steps will help even the most laid-back procrastinators plan an awesome party!
The last step in our guide: make an effort not to stress out over cleanup and actually have a good time at your own party!
Any tips we might’ve missed for other party planning procrastinators? Let us know in the comments!