Planning an engagement party? Mitzvah? Birthday or anniversary party? No matter what kind of celebration you’re planning, the equation for a successful party is comprised of the same parts. How you put all the parts together can be the difference between a rockin’ success and a ho-hum gathering. Get started early. Use our party planning equation as your party planning checklist so you can coordinate the perfect, rockin’ party that everyone enjoys:
Date. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Just set a date. However, setting a date is far more complicated. Choose several possible dates that work, and contact your deejay and venue to see which date is available. Or contact the venue for available dates within the time frame you need. If you want to save money, hold your party on an “off day”—a Friday or Sunday when events are typically not held—when venues offer discounted rates.
Venue & location. Booking a venue is all about your guests and preferences. Choose a venue that fits your style and budget, and has ample space for your guests and a large dance floor with space for your DJ. If you have out-of-town guests, consider venues attached to or near a hotel.
Theme. A party without a theme is an event without direction. Decide on a theme, and use it to plan your refreshments, decorations and entertainment, even if you use it in subtle ways.
Food. Food is an integral part of every party (you’ve heard the expression, “come for the food, stay for the party” right?), with many different options. If your party is being held in mid-afternoon, a luncheon, or a late evening affair, make your party an assortment of finger food and appetizers that fit with your theme. Having a party that spans the afternoon? Host a buffet meal, so you can have warm food for all your guests as they come.
Decorations. Choose decorations that fit the occasion and the theme. Make sure you check with the venue if you want to put up decorations that attach to the wall or ceiling. Many venues have specific guidelines for decorations. If you can’t hang decorations, consider décor like table centerpieces and lighting. If it’s lighting you wish, check with your deejay about dance party packages with bright lighting that sets the mood of your party.
Entertainment. Want a rockin’ party? Hire a deejay to set the mood. Deejays also have a few more benefits for a party, and can also provide lighting, jump houses and glow sticks for a fun, entertaining night.
Keeping all your details organized is the key to successful party planning. Create a checklist and timeline so you can stay on top of things, or use one of these party planning apps. If you are party of a committee or group planning a party, make everyone aware of their assignments and give them a clear deadline. Once you’re done with all the party planning, kick your feet up and enjoy the fruits of your party planning efforts.