Planning a party can be quite a challenge, and even the most seasoned party planners know that if anything can go wrong, it will. But if you are in charge of planning and preparing for a party, especially a party weekend, you can get a lot of help when it comes to know-how, thanks to experts who are willing to share top tips and ideas. The great thing about party weekends is that once you arrive at your chosen place, ideally, you will have time to prepare a bit more for the party, and you don’t have to worry about going back home – you can party the night away and then sleep it off in one of the bedrooms, and so can more than a few of your guests, if the party house is big enough. But where do you start planning, and what should you prioritise? Here’s how you can plan the best party weekend for friends or family.
Plan the guest list and look for your venue
The key is to think and plan ahead, and if you take care of things in advance, you need not worry about them any longer. First off, make your list of guests. Who are you planning to invite, and how many? How many are you expecting to spend the weekend at the party house? Once you have made your potential guest list, you can start looking for the ideal weekend place based on the number of guests you will have. Look for party houses to rent online, which can provide you with more than a few choices, but make sure it’s in a good location, has the best size for your party, and has the amenities and features you want.
Plan your party theme
This is also the best time to plan a party theme, so if you decide on a theme, you can make, borrow, or buy whatever decorations you need. Choosing a theme is easy; you can go for themes which range from a 1920s ‘Great Gatsby’ theme to an all-black weekend party, or even a Halloween-themed party (even if it’s not Halloween season). You can also choose a theme that’s not related to clothing or costumes – think of a beer-tasting party or a wine-tasting party, and chocolate-tasting is also a brilliant idea. Of course, if you want something more casual, you don’t have to decide on any theme; just a simple gathering of friends or family will already make for a fabulous weekend.
Send off your invites and confirm them
You can then send off your invites and confirm the number of attendees. Even if not everyone can make it, there may be a few guests who want to bring a friend or partner along, so you should rest easy if it looks like you don’t have enough party guests.
Plan the party menu
Once you confirm the attendees, plan the party menu. If you are having your party catered, start looking for a good food and drink caterer. If you are bringing food to the location, it’s also best to prepare it in advance – freeze food that can be frozen and do some prep work at home. If you are placing orders for takeaway, find out which places can supply you with food in the nearby area when the time comes. It’s also a good idea to order ahead from your bakery or delicatessen if you are thinking of breakfast the next day. Happy planning, and have fun!