Tips For Planning A Party

Everyone will have their own party planning ideas and tips, but getting the right atmosphere for your own event will depend on who your guests are, what the celebration is for and your own experience of what has worked well before.
As a rule, there are four things that you need to think about that can all fall under the same theme:
  • Invitations
  • Decorations
  • Food and Cake
  • Music
One of the best tips for planning a party is to give yourself plenty of time to make these decisions, as you can always change your invitations if you suddenly get a better idea when you’re planning the food, for example.

Party Planning Ideas-Invitations

This is the first time that your guests will find out about your party, so you’ll need to make sure the invitations contain all the information they’ll need such as times, date, location, what they need to bring and any costumes they need to wear. Depending on the number of people coming, you can either hand make your invitations for a smaller gathering or use templates from the Internet to mass produce a lot of invites.
Of course, if it is a formal affair, you will want to have the invitations printed and sent through the mail. Lastly, be sure to use the theme of your party as a basis for the decorations on your invitations to make them fit in with the rest of the event.
See our invitations that you can print off or have custom made for a kids cooking party.

Party Planning Ideas-Decorations

Your decorations will set the mood for your party and one of the most popular tips is to really put your effort in here to impress your guests. Your decorations will fall into broad categories:

Lighting – a romantic event such as a wedding or Valentine’s Day party needs soft lighting, and you can create an impressive atmosphere with just candles. For any event, try to avoid really bright lights all over as they can be better used to highlight certain features

Walls – the walls are the canvas for your party so the best tips for planning a party are to use drapes, posters or paintings to give the walls a bit of life and turn the room into something more magical.

Party Planning Ideas-Food

The food that you serve is one of the most important parts of the party, and above all, you need to make sure that you’re providing enough for all of your guests. You need to decide between a buffet self service and a sit down meal. If you do choose the latter, you’ll need to think about how you’re going to serve it, as you may need to hire staff or volunteers if there are a lot of guests.

Whether your cake is for a birthday, baby shower or wedding, your decorated cake will be the center of the party. Start off with a delicious cake recipe and take our steps to decorate your cake. Plan ahead your design and how you want to decorate the cake. Then whip up your frosting recipe and start using some cake decorating techniques.

Party Planning Ideas-Music

Along with the decorations, the music you choose to play will help dictate the atmosphere of your party. You can hire a DJ to run things for you if the music is a key part of the event, or for a more personalized touch you could get people to bring their favorite CDs or choose from a selection of relevant themed tracks. Either way, make sure that the music is low enough for people to be able to hear each other talk.
If you get stuck on planning your event, asking your friends and family for their party planning ideas will give you some inspiration as well as an idea as to what things work well. You’ll need to have a rough estimate of the number of guests and some theme ideas when you start asking people for their advice. Of course, the most important tip is to plan far enough in advance, that on the day of the party you can relax and enjoy yourself. 

See step by step help in planning a kids cooking party here.

Kids Cooking Parties