Family celebrating at a party

We often get calls from people who are preparing to host events in their home. As you probably know, cleaning your floors and upholstery is an important step in party planning, and we are always ready to help with that! We’ve also put together our best suggestions for planning rest of your big day.

Are you ready to plan a party that your guests won’t forget?

With a little bit of groundwork, you can spend less time being frazzled and more time making memories with your guests.  Here are a few simple tips to help you navigate the preparations for your unforgettable celebration.

Start Early

Give yourself plenty of time in order to pick a date, get your home ready, create a budget, and draw up a guest list.  Not only are you likelier to complete all the tasks for preparing your home and doing the party planning, but your guests will also appreciate having the time to set aside the date as well.

Online invitations now make it easy to create stylized and professional email invites. If traditional paper invites are more your style, however, you will need advance planning to have them designed, printed, addressed, and sent.

The Heart of the Party

Now comes the fun part:  the food and entertainment! Keep in mind that booking entertainment and hiring catering will also likely require advance planning (in some cases, a year in advance!), so don’t be shy about sending out inquiries, especially if you are booking during the busy summer wedding season. Caterers will often hold samplings of their offerings, particularly when it comes to cakes and pastries. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Is there a party theme?  Whatever the occasion: a crazy 80’s night, a luau wedding, or a pink baby shower, be sure to include that on the invite so your guests can plan accordingly. Consider the demographic you will be entertaining, and the styles of entertainment or food that may be suitable, not just for the party theme but also for the age of the guests.  

Your Role as Host

Once the party begins, one of the hats you wear is that of a facilitator. Introduce guests to each other.  If it is a seated event, try and place people together who share common interests. Notice how your guests are interacting.  Are they having trouble hearing over the music?  Is everyone just staring at the shrimp because the toothpicks are missing?  Is someone off in a corner in need of a facilitated introduction?  Though facilitating requires a lot of attention to the details, don’t forget to enjoy yourself as well.  The more comfortable you are, the more comfortable your guests will be!

If you find that you could use some planning help or rentals of any equipment, we recommend St. George Events & Occasions. They are easy to work with and locally owned and operated, serving St. George and the surrounding areas. They can help with party ideas as well as rentals. From birthdays to retirement, from tables and chairs to popcorn machines, they have you covered.  

 

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