Throwing a party has turned into an art form. You have to pick a theme that’s relevant to your goals for the party but also intriguing enough to evoke an appearance. You have to really think about which guests you invite. So how do you plan a great party that both you and your guests enjoy?
- First and foremost – PLAN WELL. Get all the decorations ready, have your guest list in hand, and the venue booked. The further out you have these ducks in a row, the less stress you’ll feel as the event approaches.
- Invite clearly. Inform your guests of every necessary detail so they can plan appropriately. Will your event have hors d’oeuvres and small treats? Tell your guests so they can plan to eat a fuller meal before or after. Is your party themed? Make sure your guests know far enough ahead so they can dress accordingly.
- Continually welcome your guests. Not to say you should say “Hello!” every time you see them, but make sure they feel welcomed. Pay attention to your guests for signs of great fun and for rescue. Refill drinks for people. Do what you can for them without devoting all your time to one person.
- Be appreciative. Nobody has to show up, but they did. And they’re all probably really appreciative of you. So return that appreciation full circle. Thank guests as they leave if you can. Send them handwritten thank you cards afterward.
- Remain calm. Even when people show up who weren’t invited, keep your cool. Be flexible and gracious to your uninvited guests. If things get too out of hand, you’ll know when to say “no” but until then, just enjoy the fact that word got out about how spectacular your party is.
And most importantly, ENJOY YOUR PARTY! You did it. You planned it and they came. So relish in the victory of a successful party. You earned it.