Steps to Prepare for Your Party

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.

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