Whether you’re planning your friends’ engagement party or hosting a surprise birthday party for your loved one, there are several DOs and DON’Ts of hosting the perfect house party.
DO SEND RSVPs, DON’T ASSUME
Don’t be afraid to utilize email assist systems like Signup Genius to get RSVP’s, ask people to bring snacks or send event updates and reminders. It’s always better to have an idea of how many guests you’ll need to feed and entertain rather than leaving it up to guessing.
ACCEPT OFFERS FOR HELP, DON’T
EXPECT TO DO IT ALL ON YOUR OWN
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when planning a party and far too often we ignore others’ offers to help. Even if you want to be known as the best party planner on the block, that doesn’t mean you can’t enlist help from friends and family. Hosting the perfect house party is not an easy task, nor is it meant to all fall under one person. Be okay with getting help from others, even if it’s just for day of setup, you don’t have to do it all yourself, nor should you need to.
DO MOVE FURNITURE OR VALUABLES, DON’T ALLOW THE POSSIBILITIES FOR BREAKS
When planning a party, it is important to provide your guests with a welcoming and spacious layout. You don’t want your guests feeling like they are cramped or don’t have enough seating. Be sure to move bulky furniture closer to walls and take down expensive paintings or light fixtures that you don’t want anyone to accidentally bump into or damage. Sure, we all expect our guests to respect our homes and property, but it’s best to avoid the stress of these incidents by rearranging your entertainment spaces to more open and party-friendly layouts. Be sure to clean up any areas that are cluttered to make your space party-ready.
PREP AHEAD OF TIME, DON’T
LEAVE SHOPPING UNTIL THE DAY OF
It is never too early to start party planning, but it can be too late to start! Don’t let time get away from you. Start your party planning as early as possible to give yourself enough time to make sure all bases are covered. There’s nothing worse than having to run to the store an hour before your party is set to start because you forgot ice. Stay on top of what you need by creating a checklist or day-of “to dos.”
HAVE A PLAN, DON’T JUST
Whether your theme includes colors, decoration, or gifts—let your guests know ahead of time so they can participate appropriately. Themed parties aren’t just for college students and no, you don’t have to make it a costume party. But, do have a color scheme or food genre in mind to help narrow down options and make finalizing decisions easier.
ADD A UNIQUE ASPECT, DON’T
JUST DO THE SAME OLD MIMOSA BAR
We’ve all been to a bridal shower with a mimosa bar, or a baby shower with diaper games… don’t let your party fall into the “seen it” category. Come up with original ideas that make your party unique and to your own liking. Whether you want to include games, party favors, or other conversation starters, mix it up and add your own style and personal flair. You could even incorporate the latest in-demand supplements such as CBD oils into your food, drinks, or activities.
detailed plans, organization lists, and original ideas into your house party
will guarantee for a memorable, successful, and exciting house party for you
and your guests.