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Planning the Ultimate Party

By 26th July 2015Articles
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Seven Simple Considerations for Brilliant Events

Are you faced with the daunting task of arranging a large social event such as a surprise birthday party, a hen’s night, a house warming or an engagement party? Follow these tips to ensure that your social gathering is a raving success.

1. Focus On The Purpose Of Your Party

What is the purpose of your party? This will help direct a particular theme. Themed parties are excellent, because they help provide a focus for food and entertainment, and will ultimately make planning a far simpler consideration. Once you have decided on the purpose, and derived a theme, you can select various options to make your event incredibly memorable.

2. Themes To Consider

There are a myriad of themes to consider when planning a party – even weddings are having themes and these are not limited to any particular set genre – Pinterest is an excellent source of ideas for party themes. You can have beach parties, superhero parties, internationally themed nights, and culturally specific parties. Retro themed events are also highly enjoyable.

3. Working Out Numbers

Depending on the actual event, you will need to work out the number of people coming to your event, and from there specify the date, and the budget. Once you have ideas of numbers of people coming, you can allocate funding for food and entertainment. Decorations are also an important part of any event to help assist in creating a festive mood. Once you have your budget allocated, you may need to start to allocate more funding from your regular income to allow for some extra special touches. A lot of times it pays to be a little extravagant with one or two things to create extra pizzas at your event.

4. Invitations

Depending on the formality of your event, you may want to get professionally printed invitations, or send an invitation via email or social media. Generally, the more formal events such as weddings or anniversaries still require as per etiquette printed invitations and written replies. These are generally more large scale events, so allocate funding as appropriate.

5. Feeding Your Guests

The time of day and the time of year will affect the food that you will be serving, as well as the type of event. Some weddings are cocktail events held in the evening after guests have already had a main meal, and some birthday parties are held as a buffet breakfast. An anniversary may also be celebrated over a simple morning tea. Take into consideration the tastes of the guest, and allow several options such as meat free, and allow for people who have food intolerances, special needs or allergies. Drinks are also important. Generally guests appreciate lots of refreshments, provide juice and sugar free alternatives and if alcohol is a budgetary concern, encourage guests to bring their own alcohol if they desire to do so and it is appropriate.

6. Entertainment and Guest Comfort

Sometimes guests can be overwhelmed at events when they are strangers to those around them. Many people are now including entertainment options at their events in order to provide something for their guests to do, to avoid people feeling awkward and uncomfortable. Some excellent considerations for entertainment are hiring a DJ, providing a bouncing castle for children, game machines, and or a live band or musician. An extremely cost effective method for entertaining guests, and providing the option of memories from photographs is to hire a photo booth for your event.

7. Why Photo Booths Make Excellent Parties

When budgets are limited and you want to combine the cost of a photographer as well as guest entertainment, a portrait box fuses the best of both of these options. Guests can go into the photo booth and in their own time, privacy and convenience, relax and enjoy themselves, while having their images taken by a fully professional and completely automated system with excellent quality. You do not have to choose to eliminate one or the other from the budget of entertainment or photographer, but instead you can combine costs into the one easy solution of having a photo booth.

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Source by Lori V Woodward

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