Thinking of planning a party? Maybe you’re hosting game night, Thanksgiving, or a birthday party for your kids … regardless of the occasion, one thing is the same–you’ll have to plan. If you’re wondering how to prepare for a party, this list is your new cheat-sheet.
Decide on the menu. This will indicate how formal the evening should be.
Create the guest list. Will it be an intimate gathering or more of a party?
Decide on a date and time.
Invite your guests. The final number will help you know how much food you’ll need to prepare.
Create a shopping list. Don’t forget the beverages, napkins, and even candles.
Make your cleaning list. I love having people over because it is the only time I am truly motivated to deep clean my house. Look at it as an opportunity!
Plan some entertainment. Browse through your favorite tunes to find some appropriate music. Rent a movie for the kids. Dust off a game or two.
Make ahead anything that can be made ahead: dessert, cut vegetables, casserole or soup.
Create a timeline so that you are not preparing up to the minute your guests arrive.
Enjoy! This is supposed to be fun, remember? Relax and enjoy old or new friends.