Planning the Perfect Party

By on July 27, 2012
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Party Planning TipsThere is always a reason for a great party; it may be your birthday, anniversary or graduation party. Planning a good party is much easier than you may have thought, once all your planning is underway you get to enjoy the day with family and friends.


Of course you will need to start by choosing where to hold the party, smaller parties can be held at home or if you have a decent sized garden you can have a garden party, pop up a tent in case of bad weather and have a fair number of people over.

If you intend the party being a large affair, maybe a sixteenth or twenty first birthday party then you may want to consider a hall nearby. There are a number of hotels, schools and community halls available. Look within your local area, you may be able to get the community hall at a reduced rate, halls are much cheaper than hotels, but you will be required to arrange the catering, drinks and decorations.

Food and Drink

Food and drink is essential at any party, you can choose beforehand if you intend having a sit down three course meal or a buffet, where guests can help themselves. These can both be achieved through an outside catering company who will work to your specific budget. Be sure to stay in constant contact with the caterers to ensure they are on track and that you are getting what you wanted.

Take the time to sit down with them to discuss your requirements and number of guests. Be very clear about your budget, they can often make suggestions and amendments can be made where you can get what you want at the price you want.

Drinks should be purchased in bulk; this can help keep your costs lowered. When buying drinks for a party, stick to the basics; wine, beer and soft drinks. If your guests want anything other than this, tell them to bring their own. It isn’t rude; it’s just a way to ensure you don’t go over your budget.

Decorating Your Party Venue

Depending on the party you are hosting will depend on the decorations and how the room is set out. If you are having a formal sit down meal for a twenty first, you will need enough tables and chairs set out for your guests. Adding tablecloths and name places will just add to the formality of the affair.

Decorations can be balloons, streamers and a big blow up poster of the birthday girl or boy. Let the guests sign their birthday wishes on the photograph, it’s a wonderful memento of a memorable occasion, it’s also fun for the guests.

Stage and Music

You will need to bear in mind that if you intend having a band you will need to keep an area open in the hall or in the garden for the band to set up. Bands normally come with their own equipment and this can take up a sizeable space. Possibly set up a stage with a dance area in front of it, giving it the feel of being at a live concert.

Remember to arrange with the band weeks in advance. Most bands are fully booked a week or two before an event, so you need to decide on the type of music you want and find the band quickly, book them and pay them a deposit if required to ensure your party music is taken care of.

Have a Good Time

Once all the planning and arrangements are complete and you arrive on the day to find everything is set up and going according to plan, you can relax and have a good time soaking up the rewards for your hard work.

Irish bands are extremely popular, they add fun and great music to any party or function.

About Sarah

Sassy Sarah is the founder of, the original Plus Size Shopping Directory & Guide, created to help full figured women all over the world find stylish clothes in their size online. Sarah also blogs at The Plus Size Bride and is the creator of UK Plus Sizes and Plus Sizes Malta, shopping guides for curvy women living the UK and Malta. Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

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