Throwing parties is a blast. Planning them, on the other hand? Not so much. Planning your next party doesn’t need to be a nightmare. If you can learn from the mistakes of others and recognize the major party planning pitfalls that you want to dodge, you’ll be able to plan better parties with minimal stress. Here are four mistakes that you’ll want to make sure you avoid.
Starting too late
You can’t plan the perfect party if you don’t have time to do do so. No matter how organized you are, there are certain planning and preparation steps that will take time. You need to make that time by starting early enough, and failing to do so will be a major mistake.
You have to nail down a date and a location, and you have to get that guest list made up and those invitations sent out. Wait too long, and you won’t be able to give people enough notice. You might find out that they’re already busy (or that you picked the wrong date). And you’re sure to be rushed as you try to clean and get the supplies you need.
Spending too much on party supplies
Speaking of those supplies, they can get pricey fast. Parties aren’t cheap! But there are ways to save on party supplies, provided you have the time to make good decisions and know a thing or two about how to shop smart.
Getting your supplies from a reputable online dealer that specializes in party supplies is a good move. Try a website like Premier Glow, which has the scale and inventory to meet your needs at the right price. That will get you your fun gear and decorations without requiring you to run any errands. Meanwhile, you’ll have more time on your hands to head to the liquor store for booze (go early) and to the grocery store or caterer for food (go early for this stuff, too, but not too early — unlike most liquors, food can go bad).
Inviting the wrong people
Of all of your party-planning decisions, deciding who to invite might seem to be the simplest. Just invite all of your friends, right? Well, not necessarily. It’s important to create a balanced guest list and get the right chemistry at your get-together.
Make sure that you have a roughly balanced group and that nobody is the odd one out — nobody wants to be the only person under 30 at a party, or the only woman, or the only one from out of town. Make sure that everyone at the party knows at least one person — but, if you can, try to make sure that nobody at the party (besides you) knows everyone else there.
Work through your options and write things down. You need to make an actual guest list if you’re going to nail this step.
Competing with other events
Whether you’re planning a private party or a big public event, you need to be conscious of what else is going on at the same time and on the same day! If you end up competing with other events, you could force your guests to make a tough decision — and could end up on the losing end.
So do yourself a favor and check out your potential party dates. Look at your social media accounts and calendars. And head to a search engine, too — just because you don’t care and haven’t marked the Super Bowl on your own calendar doesn’t mean that all of your friends will feel the same way.