I am a avid party planner. In fact if I were honest with myself I often times enjoy the party planning more then the party itself. For years we held annual Halloween Parties. Each was themed and devilishly fabulous however it wasn’t necessarily a family event. Fast forward ten years and we had a whole new kind of party to plan for. Today I’m going to share with you my top 3 lists for a successful party.
Halloween is one of those holidays that not everyone celebrates but one I have loved for years. Some of my favorite childhood memories were heading to my cousin’s house to go trick or treating. Years later we have reached the point in our lives when most friends have children but still would like a place to have a place that provides for both adult and child entertainment.
What to Consider
When planning a successful party to appeal to both adults and children of varying ages, you need to consider a few key things. Food, decor, and what to actually do once everyone gets there! Luckily we have plenty of animals, a fire pit for bonfires and a kids guest room full of toys to keep children and adults both entertained. I focus primarily on food and decor.
For Halloween decor the ages of the children attending needs to be considered. Not many kids like scary stuff but some older ones may think everything is a bit lame. We had a good mix of things to both spice things up and not terrify the little ones. Next year we have plans to turn our barn into a haunted house which will allow us to scary it up outside and leave it cozy inside for smaller children.
The most important part of any party is food! Everyone loves to eat but many people have favorites or foods they like to avoid. Instead of reaching out to everyone for preferences I always make sure I have a good mix for everyone. If your budget is tight then ask people to bring a dish, this is a great way to reduce cost and take the pressure off! My inner Italian always needs to control food so I do all the cooking. Consider gluten free and dairy free options for all parties. It’s simple as long as you focus on meat and veggies with a few cozy food sides.
Lists to Make for a Successful Party
- To Buy– Make a list of what to buy before you do anything else. This will help you while making a budget. Budgeting for these kinds of things is important. If there isn’t a plan in place then you can easily overspend. Items on my To Buy list were things like Pumpkins for Carving, Spider Webs, Candy and more. From here I was able to determine how much I was needing to spend on items specifically for the party.
- To Do– This is a big one, on my to do list I listed out everything I needed to get done, all the stores I needed to go to, what needed to be bought online and what I could delegate to my husband. This list had everything on it from clean the back patio to buy food to cook! Add every little thing you can think of because crossing things off a party list is the best feeling ever.
- Menu- My menu list is two parts. First it is a list of everything I’m going to make, broken down by appetizers, main menu, desserts, and kid food. Then I list out the items I need to buy at the grocery store. I also have parties that require people to bring what they want to drink rather then supplying alcohol. This is a huge budget saver! I keep drinks for the kids, non-alcoholic and beer on hand. The rest is up to them.
That’s all folks!
Easy enough right? With the right kind of planning you can throw a more then successful party. The examples provided here were for our Halloween Party but the can be easily applied to any get together. Some parties may be big and some small, but even if I’m throwing a dinner party for one other family…. I follow the same premise.
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