Whether you’re celebrating a big birthday, an engagement, an anniversary, or simply want to bring all of your loved ones together, there’s always a reason to host a party!
However, while the event itself is always a lot of fun, there’s no denying that the run-up to the big day can be stressful. In fact, sometimes, even the thought of the planning and organization required could leave you not wanting to throw a party at all!
With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to plan a stress-free party of celebration!
Send out invites early.
The earlier you send out unique party invites , the earlier you’ll have an idea of exactly who can and cannot make it to your event. This will make other decisions, such as putting together a menu, much easier.
Check guests dietary requirements
Whenever you receive an RSVP, be sure to ask guests if they have any dietary requirements or restrictions that you must pay attention to, such as allergies. Again, this means you won’t be put on the spot on the day!
Reach out to a caterer
If your culinary skills leave something to be desired and prefer the idea of watching MasterChef to becoming one, then you may want to hire a caterer for your party. For example, you could carry out some simple research to find the best restaurant for catering in your local area and have them drop by for some food. Not only does this save you a lot of time and stress, it also ensures that everyone is well-fed and ready to party!
Clean your home
If you’re planning a party at your home, you should conduct a deep clean of the space ahead of time, if only to give yourself peace of mind. However, it's important to note that you only have to clean the spaces the guests will be using or spending time in. Once you’ve cleaned, you can focus on more fun tasks, such as decorating the space (especially if you’ve chosen a theme for the event).
Host a BYOB party
Hosting a BYOB (Bring your own Beer) party (or a non-alcoholic alternative) is another great way to plan a stress-free party, as you no longer have to worry about putting together a drinks menu, or ensuring you have a well-stocked bar. Alternatively, you could challenge each guest to prepare a different cocktail (or mocktail) and turn it into a fun competition!
Put together a playlist
Background music can make or break a party, due to the fact it contributes heavily to the overall atmosphere. As such, you should put plenty of effort into putting together a playlist for your party. The music you choose, of course, will depend on the kind of vibe you want to create. Gentle, instrumental music would create a great backdrop for a dinner party where everyone is chatting, whereas a more upbeat playlist is great for getting everyone up and dancing. Alternatively, you could ask guests each to contribute a few songs to your playlist.