Take the Stress Out of Organising a Party with These Planning Tips

Everyone likes to have a big party or get-together, especially with friends and family you don't get to see very often. While it's nice to have everyone in the same room, the organising bit isn't always the most fun. If you've found yourself in charge of arranging a large-scale gathering, you might be overwhelmed with stress. But it doesn't need to be like that!

Whether it's a wedding, anniversary, family reunion or any other occasion, follow these party-planning tips to minimise the stress and let the night run itself. That way, you can get on with the serious business of enjoying yourself without having to worry about every detail.

The venue

If you want a stress-free time of arranging a party, there's really only one choice: hire a venue. While you might want to cut costs by hosting at home, the preparation and huge cleanup operation will keep you extremely busy.

A party venue doesn't have to be hugely expensive, however. There are places like town and church halls that can be hired, function rooms in bars, and some hotels have fairly inexpensive entertaining rooms. 

The food

The last thing you want is to be stuck doing endless food preparation, only to have to make sure you or someone else is on hand to distribute it at the party itself. Things like barbecue and curry are out; go for simple finger food instead. Once it's all set out, guests can help themselves, and you can leave them to it. It's also a good way to ensure there's something for everyone.

The drinks

Keep it as simple as possible. Get red wine, white wine, and beer plus a few soft drinks. These can be left near the food for people to get themselves, in coolers if necessary. Spirits and mixers will just be too complicated to keep on top of unless you can afford to hire a bartender.

The entertainment

You might find the venue includes a sound system, which is useful as you can just plug in an MP3 player with some playlists and leave it at that. However, if you can afford to hire a DJ, it's definitely worth doing. They'll keep everyone happy all night, provide speakers and lights, and set up and pack away without any help from you.

The invitations

Sending out a simple online invitation not only saves you a lot of time, it also makes it much easier for you to keep track of who to expect. While not everyone has internet access, most people do nowadays, and those who do can reply on behalf of those who don't.

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