Throwing an event can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you’re throwing an event for a very special occasion. If you’re about to host a party for the first time, or a close friend has asked you to be her maid of honor, you might be stressing big-time.
First, take a deep breath (you got this). Two, let’s take a look at some of the ways in which you can ensure that you have a successful event, no matter what you’re throwing it for.
Step One: Make some lists and then check them… thrice
There’s nothing worse than realizing the night before your event that you have forgotten to hire someone or something. Or worse, forgetting about organizing a crucial element. The only way to prevent this mishap is to make detailed lists of everything that you’re going to need and then check and re-check as you move closer to the time of the event. Unless you have an incredible memory, you’re totally forgiven for needing lists – because the sheer volume of information that you need in order to throw together an event is staggering.
Step Two: Make your guests feel special with a memento of your event
A great way to personalize the event that you’re throwing is to offer a memorable party favor. It doesn’t have to be expensive, a little bag of candy would be more than enough. If your budget allows it, organizing something like a photo booth would instantly make you the Queen of Hostesses. You could of course DIY your own photo booth station, but that that could potentially be too much for you to handle. Here is Australia, photo booth hire in Melbourne is pretty easy. Hiring a company takes the responsibility off your hands; they will coordinate and set up the booth for your guest to capture the silly moments from start to finish.
This is such a lovely way to commemorate your event as people will have a picture to stick up or place in a frame.
Step Three: You’ll get by with a little help from your friends
A great event takes a lot of work, so it’ll work in your favor if you’ve got a whole slew of mates who can help you to get things organized. It’ll save you precious time (and your precious nerves) if you’re working alongside a whole bunch of others. Plus, people will get a kick out of being part of a team and you’ll find that it can be a great bonding exercise to work with your mates. Everyone has certain strengths, so make sure you ask the right people for the right favors.
Step Four: Food, glorious food
And drinks! Don’t forget the drinks! The wonderful part of going to an event is that there is usually a plethora of tasty things to eat and delicious things to drink. To cut costs, don’t go overboard with 5-star food. Depending on the event, pizza and punch is more than enough — just make it pretty! Plus, finding table liners cheap is pretty easy, so no worries about needing to spend a lot of money to make the food area more attractive.
For the punch, put store-brand fruit punch in a large bowl and add Sprite to taste. To top it off, add scoops of store-brand sorbet. Add a ladle to the bowl and boom! Want alcohol at your event? Either add bottom shelf vodka to your punch or offer house champagne (don’t spend more than $20/bottle) and add a piece of rock candy to every glass. For anything else? BYOB! They’ll understand.
Step Five: Don’t forget to take the time to enjoy your party
Sometimes you’ll be so caught up in throwing and organizing your party, that you’ll blink and miss the actual event. Don’t make the mistake of letting the night slide by. You deserve to enjoy the party that you’ve spent so much time organizing.
Well, these are five essential components of a totally amazing event – so be sure to enjoy it, get some help from your friends, leave a memento for your guests who’ll have plenty of food and drink to enjoy, and don’t forget that lists are your new best friend.
*This article was contributed.