Party planning is a lot of fun for people who are really organized and really enjoy doing it. Typically overseeing events for dozens or hundreds of people, party planners coordinate venues, music, food, decorations, and a thousand other little details so that people can enjoy a good party without effort. The effort is put on by the party planner before hand and during, so that any good party or event is smooth and seamless for guests attending. The best party planners make the parties look like they haven’t even been planned, and that it was just thrown together that way to look right. Here are some of the best tips we’ve gathered from party planners across the country, to help your next event go smoothly even if you are planning it yourself!
First, you have to decide on a location. Picking your venue well in advance can help the rest of the process go very smoothly. Knowing the date and time can help guests plan in advance, particularly if it is an event that requires travel such as a family reunion or a wedding. It also means that when you go to pick out music, a Burbank caterer, a bartender, decorations, and any other item, you know when and where those items need to be delivered. It also sets the tone for the entire event, so you can figure out what guests should wear and what food should be served and how it should be decorated.
Then, you need to decide on how many people you want to invite. This may have been decided as a part of the negotiations over the venue, but it might not have if the venue is large enough. If you have not figured out how many people you will be allowing, then now is the time to narrow that list down so that save the dates can go out well in advance of the event.
If you can pick your Burbank caterer shortly after choosing your venue, you will be way ahead of the game. Food and a place to celebrate are the two biggest sources of stress when planning any party, so getting both of those out of the way early, along with the number of people being fed, will help the rest of the process go smoothly. Even if the rest of the process has issues, they will be nothing compared to struggling to find a Burbank caterer that fits your needs and budget and is available on the date you need them at the last minute. This is another plus of picking your location early on; it gives you more flexibility when finding a Burbank wedding caterer or other type of catering.
Beyond the food and location, and number of people, the rest of the planning items are like eating cake after that. Making invitations, ordering decorations, and figuring out what to wear are more fun, easier to do, less expensive, and nowhere near as much trouble if something goes wrong with any of those.