Whether your spouse’s 40th birthday is coming up, your mom’s 60th is around the corner, or your child is turning one, you understandably want to throw the perfect party to celebrate. But in order to pull off the party of the year, you need to plan it out, do your research and take your time when coming up with the right entertainment. From price to experience, there are many things to look for when it comes to event and party planning and choosing vendors, so check out these five tips to making sure your event goes off without a hitch.
- Plan the guest list: Knowing how many people you’re going to invite to this shindig will be one of the first things you do. This will determine everything else: from the vendor and location to food and decorations. Make accommodations for all guests on your list. If you have a physically challenged person attending, make sure the vendor is accessible. If you have a peanut allergic child coming, plan the menu sans nuts.
- Choose the place: Call around to speak to a few vendors. Find out how many people their rooms can accommodate, what their rates are, and if a caterer or party planner comes as part of the package. Choose a date that works for you and your guests. Be sensitive to timing. For example, for a toddler’s birthday party, schedule it around lunchtime for no more than two hours. Small children don’t have the attention span for a long party, and they will need an afternoon nap.
- Select a theme and decorations: Consider the interests of the person of honor. If your dad loves gambling, do a Vegas-style slot machine party; or if your son loves Harry Potter, decorate the venue like Hogwarts. If your spouse’s birthday falls on Cinco de Mayo, consider a Mexican fiesta-themed party complete with tacos, margaritas and sombreros.
- Plan your menu: Food is one of the central components of any party, so take the time to get it right. Specify in the invitation if the meal will be pot luck, meaning everyone should bring one dish to share. If it will be open bar or catered, mention that too so people can bring their appetites. Consider finger foods and dips for a casual sports-themed party, or trays of prepared gourmet food with champagne for a more formal event.
- Send invitations: Even with the prevalence of Facebook and email invites, it’s still a good idea to send out paper invitations. You can upload a photo you love of your baby and create photo cards for a first birthday. Or, a simple paper invitation from the store to inform guests of your wife’s surprise 50th.
Planning the perfect party takes dedication and patience, but you can do it! In conclusion, let Wall Directory help you select the perfect components by checking out our entertainment business listings.