March 22, 2013
Spring is a time of celebration for all types of events; Easter, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Graduations, Birthdays, Retirements and so much more. This year get a jump start on your planning with this step-by-step guide to help you make sure all the bases are covered and your event will be a smashing success!
Follow these guidelines for planning your event. A printable checklist is available at the bottom of this article.
Date, time and type of event: Keep your guests in mind when choosing a date and time. The type of event will depend on the occasion.
Location/Venue: Choose a location that will comfortably fit all your guests, and is a reasonable traveling distance for most of them. Whether you are doing it at home or at another location, consider how your decorations, food and activities will work in the space.
Choose a theme or event: Will this be a holiday or birthday party, or another type of event or gathering? Choose a theme that works for you, and consider food, decorations and activities to coordinate with your theme.
Tableware: Don’t forget the tableware! Consider solid color tableware to match your theme, or designs to go with your event. You’ll need:
- Dinner Plates
- Snack/Luncheon/Dessert Plates
- Luncheon Napkins
- Beverage Napkins
- Table Covers
- Plastic Cutlery
Decorations: Coordinate decorations with your theme. Consider your space and work with the layout. Decorations can take any party or event from ho-hum to WOW! Some options are:
- Party Theme
- Curling Ribbon
Menu: Whether you are serving a full meal or snacks, try to keep food simple. Easy to prepare and easy to eat are key for a successful menu. You can still WOW your guests but keeping the ingredient list and the prep time short will create less stress for you. Here’s another tip; make 1-3 items yourself and order the rest or pick them up at the grocery store. Fillers like nuts, mints, sliced deli meats and cheeses are a great way to round out one or two fabulous homemade items. Checkout some of our recipe blogs for party food ideas.
Games & Activities: It is crucial to plan something for your guests to do. Some options are games, crafts, trivia challenges, and ice-breaker activities. Here are some options to get your ideas started:
Print out this checklist to help you plan your Spring events