Saturday, December 29, 2012

Party planning 101

I've been asked for guidelines for planning a party.  The basics are:

1 month to 2 weeks before event

1.  Determine occasion  (reason for the party) and guest list

2.  Distribute invitations  (manner depends on time; soon and
     casual = email; future and formal = printed)

3.  Decide style of party  (cocktails, buffet, sitdown dinner)

2 weeks to 2 days before event

4.  Create menu  (consider theme food, dietary restrictions, budget)

5.  Design decor ideas (centerpiece, color coordinated linens,

2 days to day of event

6.  Shop, prep, and party

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