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Party Planning Basics Part I

Coffee Meeting

The first step to planning the perfect party is to determine the intent. Are you celebrating a milestone such as a birthday, graduation, or anniversary? Is the party centered on a major holiday? Is the gathering to get to know your guests better?

Answering these questions will guide you to the next step. Decide how many people you want to invite and where the event will be held. If your intent is to get to know your guests better, then you would want to choose a quiet, small place for your party. If the purpose is to provide fun activities for the guests, then you would want to choose a location that afforded more space and allows for noise.

When choosing the date, take into consideration other events that may compete with your party such as a major sporting event or a town festival. If you’re investing time and money into this event, you want to make sure it is well attended. Also give some thought to the time of the party. If it is a birthday party for small children, you will want to avoid having it during afternoon nap time. Also, if you are not planning to feed your guests a meal, then start your event several hours before or after common meal times.

Written by Jane Godwin