When a special moment in your life rolls around, it’s always fun to give it the proper fanfare with a celebration! Whether you like to keep it simple and easy or go all out, keeping a few of these things in mind can really help take your party to the next level. Think it’s all for show? It’s amazing how much a little planning can actually benefit you, saving lots of headache once the event is underway.

The Guest List

Think you can just tell your friends to stop by? Think again. By making a proper guest list, you can ensure that you are remembering to invite all the key players. What about that friend who you don’t run into often or who might not hear about your affair? You don’t want to get to the day of the party and realize you forgot them. Take ten minutes upfront to write down all the people who you’d like to attend.

The Invites

Sending out real paper invitations is not only a great way to set the tone for your party, but can be a real time saver when spreading party information to your friends. This eliminates getting a million phone calls asking about time, place, and whether or not they should bring a dish. By putting all the need-to-know info in one spot, guests can know exactly what is happening without having to bug you. Besides, with easy online services that help you design and print your invitations in a way that is fast and relatively inexpensive, why not save yourself the headache? I personally use PaperStyle for my invites, they just make everything easier!

The Food

Whether you are making all the food yourself, getting catering, or having a potluck, it’s important to have a plan in place. Make sure all of the main elements are covered and the majority (if not all) of your guests tastes and diets are considered. If you’re having a potluck, consider assigning yourself and maybe a close friend the duty of the main dish and insist other guests bring sides, appetizers or dessert. This prevents too much overlap or not enough of the main thing.

Planning an event can seem like a lot of work, but a little bit of planning on the front end can really help you pull it off without a hitch! Just remember to stay organized and then enjoy yourself!