Tuesday, September 9, 2014

5 Tips for Planning a Fun Party

For the past 5 years we've thrown an annual Fourth of July party. It gets better every year and everyone seems to have a blast. I enjoy all aspects of throwing this particular party except for the clean up afterwards. We really should throw a clean up party the following day. I doubt many would attend that one. It's worth it though. I love the planning process, decorating, cooking, and watching friends and family enjoy themselves.

1. Choose a theme and run with it. No matter what kind of party you are throwing be sure to have a theme. It really helps when picking out decorations and planning the menu. For our Fourth of July party I find creative ways to incorporate red, white and blue in the decor and food.

2. Dress the part. Have fun with your outfit and dress to match your theme. Trust me, you won't be the only one. Not dressing up would be like going to an ugly sweater party without the ugly sweater. Plus it's just fun!

3. Make a variety of food. My favorite gatherings are the ones that offer a wide variety of food. A few different options for each category; appetizer, main course, side salads, desserts, and drinks. Half of the fun is filling up on good food. Food gets expensive so ask guests to bring a dish to pass.

For my daughters first birthday I planned a beach party and served all the food in buckets and used shovels as serving utensils. They then doubled as part of her presents. 

4. Plan games and activities for all ages. Keep your guests entertained by planning games. Offering prizes might help get them excited. At our Fourth of July party we play volleyball for fun, have a euchre tournament with prizes and water balloons for the kids. The games can coincide with each other as not every one will want to play all the games. We even play games at adult parties. No birthday party is complete without pin the tail on the donkey.

5. Party favors. I tend to think that favors are only for weddings and showers but they work for any party. It's a great way for people to remember the good time they had and get them excited for the next party you host. There are no rules as to how big or small they need to be. It could be anything from crayons for a kids party to sending home leftover food in cute containers.

Bonus budget friendly tip. Purchase decorations that double as favors or home decor. A few good ideas would be candles, flowers or art prints.

What are some of your party planning tips?

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