Parties are a great way to get together with family or friends. It gives you the opportunity to catch up with each other and enjoy great food and drinks at the same time. Just like the party itself, preparing for it can be a lot of fun. But with so many things to consider like food, décor, and setting up the ambience of your party, you really have to plan for it well whether it’s for two or for two hundred.
Following a schedule can make organizing a party a lot easier. You can make a checklist of activities that you need to do from a month up to an hour before your party.
One month before your party, you need to be able to pick the kind of party you wish to throw, set a date for it, prepare your guest list, and send out invitations.
Three weeks before, you need to setup your menu. Organize your recipes for easy reference, create a timeline for preparing them, and make a list of the ingredients that you need. Items that can be frozen are best prepared at this point. Also, you can start borrowing, renting, or buying items that you might need for your party like platters, glasses, flatware, or table linens.
Two weeks before, you can have a trial table setup to make sure that you have all the dishes and serving utensils that you need.
A week before the party, you can contact guests who have not yet RSVP’d to confirm their attendance. You can also clear up some space in your refrigerator for groceries. This is also a good time to prepare recipes that can keep up to a week.
Four days before the party, you can purchase all the remaining non-perishables.
Two days before, start washing serving pieces, plates, flatware, and glasses, and polish if necessary. Also, iron cloth napkins or table cloths and place frozen food in the refrigerator to thaw overnight.
One day before, purchase any perishables, such as salad greens, fresh bread, and seafood. Pick up fresh flowers or have them delivered. Assemble any foods that can be made in advance, and wash and prepare salad greens and other vegetables.
An hour before the party, you can finish preparing all the food that you are going to serve. Wine can be chilled at this point as well.The key to planning a party is staying organized. I hope your next party will be a success!