august 17, 2016
Hello hello! We are half way through the work week, whew take a deep breath, the weekend is almost here!
Do you love to throw parties? I do! While I *LOVE* entertaining people I am not naive to the stresses that parties can create. I know for me, I have had many times where I have been so stressed about the event at hand, that I haven't even been able to actually stop and enjoy the party.
The more parties I have hosted the better I've gotten at avoiding the stress. Here are a couple tried and true tips that have helped me stop stressing and start enjoying.
TIP # 1: Pre-planning is key:
Planning the party beforehand is everything when it comes to successful party throwing. I am a serial procrastinator myself, so I totally get the idea of waiting until the last minute to get down to party planning business. I can tell you from first hand experience, DON'T PROCRASTINATE here. Seriously, you will regret it. I like to start my party planning by sitting down with a notebook and making a list. I typically start with decorations and make a list of what all I want to decorate and how I plan to decorate each area. Then I make separate lists of food that I'm planning on supplying and of course a guest list of who all will be invited. Start this process EARLY! You cannot plan early enough when it comes to parties. I would advise starting your list making at least 6 weeks before the party. I also like to make a plan of when I'd like to get each thing done. When you're scatter-brained like me keeping a schedule helps to make sure nothing gets missed in the pre-party chaos.
TIP # 2: The smaller the list the better:
I know how you're feeling right now, you don't want to leave anybody out or hurt any feelings. There are occasions where you need to invite everybody but I invite you to really think about it and make your list as small as possible. Cut out those that you (or your party honoree) aren't close with and save yourself the stress of a giant guest list.
TIP # 3: Keep it simple:
Focus on one certain area and don't go over the top with decor or food. Remember this is one day, one event and while it's fun it will all, one day, be forgotten. I like to put most of my attention on one big food table. I like to keep table decor simple and cute with a table cloth and maybe a small centerpiece. Your whole space doesn't need to be completely decked out. It's really overkill. Keep things simple and sweet and allow guest comfortable space to enjoy each other's company.
TIP #4: Take a deep breath:
Everything will not go perfectly, it never does. On the day of the party take a deep breath and think about what the event is really about. Spending time together, and celebrating the occasion. Don't allow small details to completely stress you out. It will all be ok!
TIP #5: Ask for help:
I'm the kinda gal that likes to do things myself, I'm stubborn like that. When it comes to party planning however, the more help the better. Ask for lots of help and map out what you need each person to help with beforehand.
Happy Party Planning :)