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Imagine the scene: You're getting ready for a dinner party and decide to sear tuna for a salad. Now what? For a normal host, a glitch in party preparations — an overcooked meat, a missing ingredient, a burnt-to-a-crisp dish — would set off panic buttons left and right. Fortunately, there may be a new aid to the rescue: an app.

Mike Lee and Will Turnage, digital gurus at Studiofeast (the supperclub Lee founded in 2007) and R/GA, are working on a tech solution for dinner party problems — an app that would aid party planning, from invites, cleaning up, recipe planning and shopping to table setting. The logic behind the app (called Food. You. Me), they say, is that most apps and web sites solve a very distinct problem.

"Everything out there focuses on only one part, instead of the big picture," Turnage says. "Some apps focus only on recipes, some just focus on shopping, or the planning, but nothing really focuses on the hosting."

"What's missing is that flexibility," adds Lee. "Everything out there is so static, that it's hard to deal with the problems that come up."

There's no app or web site that aims to "pull everything toghether," Lee says; the duo's new project aims to change that. Their app (still in the prototype phase) would deal with the timeline of a dinner party, they say. By creating a "holistic" experience from start to finish, it helps the host not panic.

The prototype, which they debuted at SXSW last week, used what Turnage called "smart" recipes. Users can pick between five courses with featured recipes that would update should anything go awry. For example, if you're creating a beef appetizer but you realize a guest doesn't eat red meat, the recipe would update to a tuna-based appetizer, or a veggie appetizer. Based on user preferences, the recipes would adapt to the situation — much like a host must do.

"All recipes exist in their own universe," Lee says. "They don't realize they're being cooked together. We're trying to make these recipes flexible and easily merged with others, so it's easier for the host."

The SXSW debut of the proptotype and panel earned rave reviews from chefs and foodies alike, Turnage said, and says they've heard from others trying to make a similar technology.

"For me personally, it was reassuring to hear how much it resonated with people," says Lee. "It's good to see a new way to approach cooking."

While Lee and Turnage are still developing the app, the foodies gave their own tips for hosting a stress-free dinner party, minus the technological help:

Decide upfront what kind of dinner party you want, Turnage says. "I think people who are just beginning don't think through the whole party," he says. "When you think through what you want to be doing during the party, it will create a better experience." Example: During Turnage and his wife's annual holiday party, they have two rules — all dishes must be made in advance and served at room temperature. That way, they're not in the kitchen while they want to be entertaining.

Cook to your own strengths, Lee says. Rather than pushing yourself to make a new, difficult dish and stressing out, go for a well-executed, simpler dish. Everyone has a certain skill level; go with what you know, he says. "Each dish is a user experience in itself, so design your menu smartly for the situation," Lee says.


How to Plan a Party & Free Party Planning Checklist

Planning a party can be a stressful business! There’s so much to organise and if you leave it until the last-minute, it’s easy to forget about important party essentials.

That’s why we’ve put together our free printable party planning checklist to help you stay organised. We’ve done the stressful bit of making a list of everything you need for your party – now it’s just up to you to tick it all off as you go along.

You’ll find our top tips on how to plan a party below and you can download our free party planning checklist at the end of this post.

1. Choose your party theme

This one’s a biggie because you can’t really plan anything until you’ve chosen your party theme. But there are so many themes to choose from that you can feel a bit spoilt for choice!

Most parties fall into one of the following four categories so we’d recommend browsing party themes by category to help you narrow down your choice. Choose from:

2. Define your budget

Next up, decide how much you want to spend. This is really important because the cost can really add up when you impulse buy. The best way to avoid over-spending is to set a budget and stick to it.

How much should you spend on a party? This is up to you but once you’ve set your budget, the real planning can start!

3. Set a date, choose your venue and prepare the guest list

These are the nitty gritty details that are best sorted out early on. Throwing your party at home and limiting the guest list to a reasonable number is one of the best ways to throw a party on a budget, but if you can afford to be a bit more extravagant then why not hire a venue?

Just make sure you let people know when it will be a couple of weeks in advance so that they can save the date (which brings us to our next point…)

4. Send your invites

There’s no point planning a party if you don’t give people enough notice to save the date. We’d recommend sending your invites about three weeks before the party to avoid people making conflicting plans. Personalised invitations can be a nice little touch if you’re celebrating a really special occasion like an engagement or a baby shower.

5. Stock up on party supplies and decorations

This is where the real fun starts! Decide whether you want to go simple or all out (why wouldn’t you?) and pick decorations that match your party theme.

Paper decorations like fans, pom poms and honeycomb decorations can look super stylish and it doesn’t take a creative genius to make them look good! Stick to a few main colours to guarantee your party decorations look perfectly colour-coordinated.

6. Order a birthday cake

If you’re planning a birthday party, you mustn’t forget this. Order it a couple of weeks in advance to make sure it’s ready on time and if you’re making your own, it’s a good idea to do a trial run on new recipes to avoid any baking disasters!

If you’re no Mary Berry, you could always buy a pre-made supermarket cake and jazz it up with some cute cake bunting like the cake below.

7. Plan your party food (but don’t buy anything)

Whether you’re on a budget or not, plan out what party food you’ll need in advance to make sure you’ll have enough to feed everyone. If you’re sharing the role of caterer, planning things out in advance will help you organise who’s bringing what.

8. Buy a birthday present

This is a no-brainer but don’t forget to buy a birthday present! And when you do, top it off with some cute wrapping and a stylish gift tag.

9. Purchase your party food and pick up the cake

Three days prior to the party is enough time to make sure you have everything you need and make sure everything is still fresh by the day of the party.

10. Decorate the venue and get the party started!

Thanks to your amazing organisational skills (and our handy party checklist), everything should be sorted by the day of the party! All that’s left to do is decorate the venue, get ready and have fun!


How to Plan a Party & Free Party Planning Checklist

Planning a party can be a stressful business! There’s so much to organise and if you leave it until the last-minute, it’s easy to forget about important party essentials.

That’s why we’ve put together our free printable party planning checklist to help you stay organised. We’ve done the stressful bit of making a list of everything you need for your party – now it’s just up to you to tick it all off as you go along.

You’ll find our top tips on how to plan a party below and you can download our free party planning checklist at the end of this post.

1. Choose your party theme

This one’s a biggie because you can’t really plan anything until you’ve chosen your party theme. But there are so many themes to choose from that you can feel a bit spoilt for choice!

Most parties fall into one of the following four categories so we’d recommend browsing party themes by category to help you narrow down your choice. Choose from:

2. Define your budget

Next up, decide how much you want to spend. This is really important because the cost can really add up when you impulse buy. The best way to avoid over-spending is to set a budget and stick to it.

How much should you spend on a party? This is up to you but once you’ve set your budget, the real planning can start!

3. Set a date, choose your venue and prepare the guest list

These are the nitty gritty details that are best sorted out early on. Throwing your party at home and limiting the guest list to a reasonable number is one of the best ways to throw a party on a budget, but if you can afford to be a bit more extravagant then why not hire a venue?

Just make sure you let people know when it will be a couple of weeks in advance so that they can save the date (which brings us to our next point…)

4. Send your invites

There’s no point planning a party if you don’t give people enough notice to save the date. We’d recommend sending your invites about three weeks before the party to avoid people making conflicting plans. Personalised invitations can be a nice little touch if you’re celebrating a really special occasion like an engagement or a baby shower.

5. Stock up on party supplies and decorations

This is where the real fun starts! Decide whether you want to go simple or all out (why wouldn’t you?) and pick decorations that match your party theme.

Paper decorations like fans, pom poms and honeycomb decorations can look super stylish and it doesn’t take a creative genius to make them look good! Stick to a few main colours to guarantee your party decorations look perfectly colour-coordinated.

6. Order a birthday cake

If you’re planning a birthday party, you mustn’t forget this. Order it a couple of weeks in advance to make sure it’s ready on time and if you’re making your own, it’s a good idea to do a trial run on new recipes to avoid any baking disasters!

If you’re no Mary Berry, you could always buy a pre-made supermarket cake and jazz it up with some cute cake bunting like the cake below.

7. Plan your party food (but don’t buy anything)

Whether you’re on a budget or not, plan out what party food you’ll need in advance to make sure you’ll have enough to feed everyone. If you’re sharing the role of caterer, planning things out in advance will help you organise who’s bringing what.

8. Buy a birthday present

This is a no-brainer but don’t forget to buy a birthday present! And when you do, top it off with some cute wrapping and a stylish gift tag.

9. Purchase your party food and pick up the cake

Three days prior to the party is enough time to make sure you have everything you need and make sure everything is still fresh by the day of the party.

10. Decorate the venue and get the party started!

Thanks to your amazing organisational skills (and our handy party checklist), everything should be sorted by the day of the party! All that’s left to do is decorate the venue, get ready and have fun!


How to Plan a Party & Free Party Planning Checklist

Planning a party can be a stressful business! There’s so much to organise and if you leave it until the last-minute, it’s easy to forget about important party essentials.

That’s why we’ve put together our free printable party planning checklist to help you stay organised. We’ve done the stressful bit of making a list of everything you need for your party – now it’s just up to you to tick it all off as you go along.

You’ll find our top tips on how to plan a party below and you can download our free party planning checklist at the end of this post.

1. Choose your party theme

This one’s a biggie because you can’t really plan anything until you’ve chosen your party theme. But there are so many themes to choose from that you can feel a bit spoilt for choice!

Most parties fall into one of the following four categories so we’d recommend browsing party themes by category to help you narrow down your choice. Choose from:

2. Define your budget

Next up, decide how much you want to spend. This is really important because the cost can really add up when you impulse buy. The best way to avoid over-spending is to set a budget and stick to it.

How much should you spend on a party? This is up to you but once you’ve set your budget, the real planning can start!

3. Set a date, choose your venue and prepare the guest list

These are the nitty gritty details that are best sorted out early on. Throwing your party at home and limiting the guest list to a reasonable number is one of the best ways to throw a party on a budget, but if you can afford to be a bit more extravagant then why not hire a venue?

Just make sure you let people know when it will be a couple of weeks in advance so that they can save the date (which brings us to our next point…)

4. Send your invites

There’s no point planning a party if you don’t give people enough notice to save the date. We’d recommend sending your invites about three weeks before the party to avoid people making conflicting plans. Personalised invitations can be a nice little touch if you’re celebrating a really special occasion like an engagement or a baby shower.

5. Stock up on party supplies and decorations

This is where the real fun starts! Decide whether you want to go simple or all out (why wouldn’t you?) and pick decorations that match your party theme.

Paper decorations like fans, pom poms and honeycomb decorations can look super stylish and it doesn’t take a creative genius to make them look good! Stick to a few main colours to guarantee your party decorations look perfectly colour-coordinated.

6. Order a birthday cake

If you’re planning a birthday party, you mustn’t forget this. Order it a couple of weeks in advance to make sure it’s ready on time and if you’re making your own, it’s a good idea to do a trial run on new recipes to avoid any baking disasters!

If you’re no Mary Berry, you could always buy a pre-made supermarket cake and jazz it up with some cute cake bunting like the cake below.

7. Plan your party food (but don’t buy anything)

Whether you’re on a budget or not, plan out what party food you’ll need in advance to make sure you’ll have enough to feed everyone. If you’re sharing the role of caterer, planning things out in advance will help you organise who’s bringing what.

8. Buy a birthday present

This is a no-brainer but don’t forget to buy a birthday present! And when you do, top it off with some cute wrapping and a stylish gift tag.

9. Purchase your party food and pick up the cake

Three days prior to the party is enough time to make sure you have everything you need and make sure everything is still fresh by the day of the party.

10. Decorate the venue and get the party started!

Thanks to your amazing organisational skills (and our handy party checklist), everything should be sorted by the day of the party! All that’s left to do is decorate the venue, get ready and have fun!


How to Plan a Party & Free Party Planning Checklist

Planning a party can be a stressful business! There’s so much to organise and if you leave it until the last-minute, it’s easy to forget about important party essentials.

That’s why we’ve put together our free printable party planning checklist to help you stay organised. We’ve done the stressful bit of making a list of everything you need for your party – now it’s just up to you to tick it all off as you go along.

You’ll find our top tips on how to plan a party below and you can download our free party planning checklist at the end of this post.

1. Choose your party theme

This one’s a biggie because you can’t really plan anything until you’ve chosen your party theme. But there are so many themes to choose from that you can feel a bit spoilt for choice!

Most parties fall into one of the following four categories so we’d recommend browsing party themes by category to help you narrow down your choice. Choose from:

2. Define your budget

Next up, decide how much you want to spend. This is really important because the cost can really add up when you impulse buy. The best way to avoid over-spending is to set a budget and stick to it.

How much should you spend on a party? This is up to you but once you’ve set your budget, the real planning can start!

3. Set a date, choose your venue and prepare the guest list

These are the nitty gritty details that are best sorted out early on. Throwing your party at home and limiting the guest list to a reasonable number is one of the best ways to throw a party on a budget, but if you can afford to be a bit more extravagant then why not hire a venue?

Just make sure you let people know when it will be a couple of weeks in advance so that they can save the date (which brings us to our next point…)

4. Send your invites

There’s no point planning a party if you don’t give people enough notice to save the date. We’d recommend sending your invites about three weeks before the party to avoid people making conflicting plans. Personalised invitations can be a nice little touch if you’re celebrating a really special occasion like an engagement or a baby shower.

5. Stock up on party supplies and decorations

This is where the real fun starts! Decide whether you want to go simple or all out (why wouldn’t you?) and pick decorations that match your party theme.

Paper decorations like fans, pom poms and honeycomb decorations can look super stylish and it doesn’t take a creative genius to make them look good! Stick to a few main colours to guarantee your party decorations look perfectly colour-coordinated.

6. Order a birthday cake

If you’re planning a birthday party, you mustn’t forget this. Order it a couple of weeks in advance to make sure it’s ready on time and if you’re making your own, it’s a good idea to do a trial run on new recipes to avoid any baking disasters!

If you’re no Mary Berry, you could always buy a pre-made supermarket cake and jazz it up with some cute cake bunting like the cake below.

7. Plan your party food (but don’t buy anything)

Whether you’re on a budget or not, plan out what party food you’ll need in advance to make sure you’ll have enough to feed everyone. If you’re sharing the role of caterer, planning things out in advance will help you organise who’s bringing what.

8. Buy a birthday present

This is a no-brainer but don’t forget to buy a birthday present! And when you do, top it off with some cute wrapping and a stylish gift tag.

9. Purchase your party food and pick up the cake

Three days prior to the party is enough time to make sure you have everything you need and make sure everything is still fresh by the day of the party.

10. Decorate the venue and get the party started!

Thanks to your amazing organisational skills (and our handy party checklist), everything should be sorted by the day of the party! All that’s left to do is decorate the venue, get ready and have fun!


How to Plan a Party & Free Party Planning Checklist

Planning a party can be a stressful business! There’s so much to organise and if you leave it until the last-minute, it’s easy to forget about important party essentials.

That’s why we’ve put together our free printable party planning checklist to help you stay organised. We’ve done the stressful bit of making a list of everything you need for your party – now it’s just up to you to tick it all off as you go along.

You’ll find our top tips on how to plan a party below and you can download our free party planning checklist at the end of this post.

1. Choose your party theme

This one’s a biggie because you can’t really plan anything until you’ve chosen your party theme. But there are so many themes to choose from that you can feel a bit spoilt for choice!

Most parties fall into one of the following four categories so we’d recommend browsing party themes by category to help you narrow down your choice. Choose from:

2. Define your budget

Next up, decide how much you want to spend. This is really important because the cost can really add up when you impulse buy. The best way to avoid over-spending is to set a budget and stick to it.

How much should you spend on a party? This is up to you but once you’ve set your budget, the real planning can start!

3. Set a date, choose your venue and prepare the guest list

These are the nitty gritty details that are best sorted out early on. Throwing your party at home and limiting the guest list to a reasonable number is one of the best ways to throw a party on a budget, but if you can afford to be a bit more extravagant then why not hire a venue?

Just make sure you let people know when it will be a couple of weeks in advance so that they can save the date (which brings us to our next point…)

4. Send your invites

There’s no point planning a party if you don’t give people enough notice to save the date. We’d recommend sending your invites about three weeks before the party to avoid people making conflicting plans. Personalised invitations can be a nice little touch if you’re celebrating a really special occasion like an engagement or a baby shower.

5. Stock up on party supplies and decorations

This is where the real fun starts! Decide whether you want to go simple or all out (why wouldn’t you?) and pick decorations that match your party theme.

Paper decorations like fans, pom poms and honeycomb decorations can look super stylish and it doesn’t take a creative genius to make them look good! Stick to a few main colours to guarantee your party decorations look perfectly colour-coordinated.

6. Order a birthday cake

If you’re planning a birthday party, you mustn’t forget this. Order it a couple of weeks in advance to make sure it’s ready on time and if you’re making your own, it’s a good idea to do a trial run on new recipes to avoid any baking disasters!

If you’re no Mary Berry, you could always buy a pre-made supermarket cake and jazz it up with some cute cake bunting like the cake below.

7. Plan your party food (but don’t buy anything)

Whether you’re on a budget or not, plan out what party food you’ll need in advance to make sure you’ll have enough to feed everyone. If you’re sharing the role of caterer, planning things out in advance will help you organise who’s bringing what.

8. Buy a birthday present

This is a no-brainer but don’t forget to buy a birthday present! And when you do, top it off with some cute wrapping and a stylish gift tag.

9. Purchase your party food and pick up the cake

Three days prior to the party is enough time to make sure you have everything you need and make sure everything is still fresh by the day of the party.

10. Decorate the venue and get the party started!

Thanks to your amazing organisational skills (and our handy party checklist), everything should be sorted by the day of the party! All that’s left to do is decorate the venue, get ready and have fun!


How to Plan a Party & Free Party Planning Checklist

Planning a party can be a stressful business! There’s so much to organise and if you leave it until the last-minute, it’s easy to forget about important party essentials.

That’s why we’ve put together our free printable party planning checklist to help you stay organised. We’ve done the stressful bit of making a list of everything you need for your party – now it’s just up to you to tick it all off as you go along.

You’ll find our top tips on how to plan a party below and you can download our free party planning checklist at the end of this post.

1. Choose your party theme

This one’s a biggie because you can’t really plan anything until you’ve chosen your party theme. But there are so many themes to choose from that you can feel a bit spoilt for choice!

Most parties fall into one of the following four categories so we’d recommend browsing party themes by category to help you narrow down your choice. Choose from:

2. Define your budget

Next up, decide how much you want to spend. This is really important because the cost can really add up when you impulse buy. The best way to avoid over-spending is to set a budget and stick to it.

How much should you spend on a party? This is up to you but once you’ve set your budget, the real planning can start!

3. Set a date, choose your venue and prepare the guest list

These are the nitty gritty details that are best sorted out early on. Throwing your party at home and limiting the guest list to a reasonable number is one of the best ways to throw a party on a budget, but if you can afford to be a bit more extravagant then why not hire a venue?

Just make sure you let people know when it will be a couple of weeks in advance so that they can save the date (which brings us to our next point…)

4. Send your invites

There’s no point planning a party if you don’t give people enough notice to save the date. We’d recommend sending your invites about three weeks before the party to avoid people making conflicting plans. Personalised invitations can be a nice little touch if you’re celebrating a really special occasion like an engagement or a baby shower.

5. Stock up on party supplies and decorations

This is where the real fun starts! Decide whether you want to go simple or all out (why wouldn’t you?) and pick decorations that match your party theme.

Paper decorations like fans, pom poms and honeycomb decorations can look super stylish and it doesn’t take a creative genius to make them look good! Stick to a few main colours to guarantee your party decorations look perfectly colour-coordinated.

6. Order a birthday cake

If you’re planning a birthday party, you mustn’t forget this. Order it a couple of weeks in advance to make sure it’s ready on time and if you’re making your own, it’s a good idea to do a trial run on new recipes to avoid any baking disasters!

If you’re no Mary Berry, you could always buy a pre-made supermarket cake and jazz it up with some cute cake bunting like the cake below.

7. Plan your party food (but don’t buy anything)

Whether you’re on a budget or not, plan out what party food you’ll need in advance to make sure you’ll have enough to feed everyone. If you’re sharing the role of caterer, planning things out in advance will help you organise who’s bringing what.

8. Buy a birthday present

This is a no-brainer but don’t forget to buy a birthday present! And when you do, top it off with some cute wrapping and a stylish gift tag.

9. Purchase your party food and pick up the cake

Three days prior to the party is enough time to make sure you have everything you need and make sure everything is still fresh by the day of the party.

10. Decorate the venue and get the party started!

Thanks to your amazing organisational skills (and our handy party checklist), everything should be sorted by the day of the party! All that’s left to do is decorate the venue, get ready and have fun!


How to Plan a Party & Free Party Planning Checklist

Planning a party can be a stressful business! There’s so much to organise and if you leave it until the last-minute, it’s easy to forget about important party essentials.

That’s why we’ve put together our free printable party planning checklist to help you stay organised. We’ve done the stressful bit of making a list of everything you need for your party – now it’s just up to you to tick it all off as you go along.

You’ll find our top tips on how to plan a party below and you can download our free party planning checklist at the end of this post.

1. Choose your party theme

This one’s a biggie because you can’t really plan anything until you’ve chosen your party theme. But there are so many themes to choose from that you can feel a bit spoilt for choice!

Most parties fall into one of the following four categories so we’d recommend browsing party themes by category to help you narrow down your choice. Choose from:

2. Define your budget

Next up, decide how much you want to spend. This is really important because the cost can really add up when you impulse buy. The best way to avoid over-spending is to set a budget and stick to it.

How much should you spend on a party? This is up to you but once you’ve set your budget, the real planning can start!

3. Set a date, choose your venue and prepare the guest list

These are the nitty gritty details that are best sorted out early on. Throwing your party at home and limiting the guest list to a reasonable number is one of the best ways to throw a party on a budget, but if you can afford to be a bit more extravagant then why not hire a venue?

Just make sure you let people know when it will be a couple of weeks in advance so that they can save the date (which brings us to our next point…)

4. Send your invites

There’s no point planning a party if you don’t give people enough notice to save the date. We’d recommend sending your invites about three weeks before the party to avoid people making conflicting plans. Personalised invitations can be a nice little touch if you’re celebrating a really special occasion like an engagement or a baby shower.

5. Stock up on party supplies and decorations

This is where the real fun starts! Decide whether you want to go simple or all out (why wouldn’t you?) and pick decorations that match your party theme.

Paper decorations like fans, pom poms and honeycomb decorations can look super stylish and it doesn’t take a creative genius to make them look good! Stick to a few main colours to guarantee your party decorations look perfectly colour-coordinated.

6. Order a birthday cake

If you’re planning a birthday party, you mustn’t forget this. Order it a couple of weeks in advance to make sure it’s ready on time and if you’re making your own, it’s a good idea to do a trial run on new recipes to avoid any baking disasters!

If you’re no Mary Berry, you could always buy a pre-made supermarket cake and jazz it up with some cute cake bunting like the cake below.

7. Plan your party food (but don’t buy anything)

Whether you’re on a budget or not, plan out what party food you’ll need in advance to make sure you’ll have enough to feed everyone. If you’re sharing the role of caterer, planning things out in advance will help you organise who’s bringing what.

8. Buy a birthday present

This is a no-brainer but don’t forget to buy a birthday present! And when you do, top it off with some cute wrapping and a stylish gift tag.

9. Purchase your party food and pick up the cake

Three days prior to the party is enough time to make sure you have everything you need and make sure everything is still fresh by the day of the party.

10. Decorate the venue and get the party started!

Thanks to your amazing organisational skills (and our handy party checklist), everything should be sorted by the day of the party! All that’s left to do is decorate the venue, get ready and have fun!


How to Plan a Party & Free Party Planning Checklist

Planning a party can be a stressful business! There’s so much to organise and if you leave it until the last-minute, it’s easy to forget about important party essentials.

That’s why we’ve put together our free printable party planning checklist to help you stay organised. We’ve done the stressful bit of making a list of everything you need for your party – now it’s just up to you to tick it all off as you go along.

You’ll find our top tips on how to plan a party below and you can download our free party planning checklist at the end of this post.

1. Choose your party theme

This one’s a biggie because you can’t really plan anything until you’ve chosen your party theme. But there are so many themes to choose from that you can feel a bit spoilt for choice!

Most parties fall into one of the following four categories so we’d recommend browsing party themes by category to help you narrow down your choice. Choose from:

2. Define your budget

Next up, decide how much you want to spend. This is really important because the cost can really add up when you impulse buy. The best way to avoid over-spending is to set a budget and stick to it.

How much should you spend on a party? This is up to you but once you’ve set your budget, the real planning can start!

3. Set a date, choose your venue and prepare the guest list

These are the nitty gritty details that are best sorted out early on. Throwing your party at home and limiting the guest list to a reasonable number is one of the best ways to throw a party on a budget, but if you can afford to be a bit more extravagant then why not hire a venue?

Just make sure you let people know when it will be a couple of weeks in advance so that they can save the date (which brings us to our next point…)

4. Send your invites

There’s no point planning a party if you don’t give people enough notice to save the date. We’d recommend sending your invites about three weeks before the party to avoid people making conflicting plans. Personalised invitations can be a nice little touch if you’re celebrating a really special occasion like an engagement or a baby shower.

5. Stock up on party supplies and decorations

This is where the real fun starts! Decide whether you want to go simple or all out (why wouldn’t you?) and pick decorations that match your party theme.

Paper decorations like fans, pom poms and honeycomb decorations can look super stylish and it doesn’t take a creative genius to make them look good! Stick to a few main colours to guarantee your party decorations look perfectly colour-coordinated.

6. Order a birthday cake

If you’re planning a birthday party, you mustn’t forget this. Order it a couple of weeks in advance to make sure it’s ready on time and if you’re making your own, it’s a good idea to do a trial run on new recipes to avoid any baking disasters!

If you’re no Mary Berry, you could always buy a pre-made supermarket cake and jazz it up with some cute cake bunting like the cake below.

7. Plan your party food (but don’t buy anything)

Whether you’re on a budget or not, plan out what party food you’ll need in advance to make sure you’ll have enough to feed everyone. If you’re sharing the role of caterer, planning things out in advance will help you organise who’s bringing what.

8. Buy a birthday present

This is a no-brainer but don’t forget to buy a birthday present! And when you do, top it off with some cute wrapping and a stylish gift tag.

9. Purchase your party food and pick up the cake

Three days prior to the party is enough time to make sure you have everything you need and make sure everything is still fresh by the day of the party.

10. Decorate the venue and get the party started!

Thanks to your amazing organisational skills (and our handy party checklist), everything should be sorted by the day of the party! All that’s left to do is decorate the venue, get ready and have fun!


How to Plan a Party & Free Party Planning Checklist

Planning a party can be a stressful business! There’s so much to organise and if you leave it until the last-minute, it’s easy to forget about important party essentials.

That’s why we’ve put together our free printable party planning checklist to help you stay organised. We’ve done the stressful bit of making a list of everything you need for your party – now it’s just up to you to tick it all off as you go along.

You’ll find our top tips on how to plan a party below and you can download our free party planning checklist at the end of this post.

1. Choose your party theme

This one’s a biggie because you can’t really plan anything until you’ve chosen your party theme. But there are so many themes to choose from that you can feel a bit spoilt for choice!

Most parties fall into one of the following four categories so we’d recommend browsing party themes by category to help you narrow down your choice. Choose from:

2. Define your budget

Next up, decide how much you want to spend. This is really important because the cost can really add up when you impulse buy. The best way to avoid over-spending is to set a budget and stick to it.

How much should you spend on a party? This is up to you but once you’ve set your budget, the real planning can start!

3. Set a date, choose your venue and prepare the guest list

These are the nitty gritty details that are best sorted out early on. Throwing your party at home and limiting the guest list to a reasonable number is one of the best ways to throw a party on a budget, but if you can afford to be a bit more extravagant then why not hire a venue?

Just make sure you let people know when it will be a couple of weeks in advance so that they can save the date (which brings us to our next point…)

4. Send your invites

There’s no point planning a party if you don’t give people enough notice to save the date. We’d recommend sending your invites about three weeks before the party to avoid people making conflicting plans. Personalised invitations can be a nice little touch if you’re celebrating a really special occasion like an engagement or a baby shower.

5. Stock up on party supplies and decorations

This is where the real fun starts! Decide whether you want to go simple or all out (why wouldn’t you?) and pick decorations that match your party theme.

Paper decorations like fans, pom poms and honeycomb decorations can look super stylish and it doesn’t take a creative genius to make them look good! Stick to a few main colours to guarantee your party decorations look perfectly colour-coordinated.

6. Order a birthday cake

If you’re planning a birthday party, you mustn’t forget this. Order it a couple of weeks in advance to make sure it’s ready on time and if you’re making your own, it’s a good idea to do a trial run on new recipes to avoid any baking disasters!

If you’re no Mary Berry, you could always buy a pre-made supermarket cake and jazz it up with some cute cake bunting like the cake below.

7. Plan your party food (but don’t buy anything)

Whether you’re on a budget or not, plan out what party food you’ll need in advance to make sure you’ll have enough to feed everyone. If you’re sharing the role of caterer, planning things out in advance will help you organise who’s bringing what.

8. Buy a birthday present

This is a no-brainer but don’t forget to buy a birthday present! And when you do, top it off with some cute wrapping and a stylish gift tag.

9. Purchase your party food and pick up the cake

Three days prior to the party is enough time to make sure you have everything you need and make sure everything is still fresh by the day of the party.

10. Decorate the venue and get the party started!

Thanks to your amazing organisational skills (and our handy party checklist), everything should be sorted by the day of the party! All that’s left to do is decorate the venue, get ready and have fun!


How to Plan a Party & Free Party Planning Checklist

Planning a party can be a stressful business! There’s so much to organise and if you leave it until the last-minute, it’s easy to forget about important party essentials.

That’s why we’ve put together our free printable party planning checklist to help you stay organised. We’ve done the stressful bit of making a list of everything you need for your party – now it’s just up to you to tick it all off as you go along.

You’ll find our top tips on how to plan a party below and you can download our free party planning checklist at the end of this post.

1. Choose your party theme

This one’s a biggie because you can’t really plan anything until you’ve chosen your party theme. But there are so many themes to choose from that you can feel a bit spoilt for choice!

Most parties fall into one of the following four categories so we’d recommend browsing party themes by category to help you narrow down your choice. Choose from:

2. Define your budget

Next up, decide how much you want to spend. This is really important because the cost can really add up when you impulse buy. The best way to avoid over-spending is to set a budget and stick to it.

How much should you spend on a party? This is up to you but once you’ve set your budget, the real planning can start!

3. Set a date, choose your venue and prepare the guest list

These are the nitty gritty details that are best sorted out early on. Throwing your party at home and limiting the guest list to a reasonable number is one of the best ways to throw a party on a budget, but if you can afford to be a bit more extravagant then why not hire a venue?

Just make sure you let people know when it will be a couple of weeks in advance so that they can save the date (which brings us to our next point…)

4. Send your invites

There’s no point planning a party if you don’t give people enough notice to save the date. We’d recommend sending your invites about three weeks before the party to avoid people making conflicting plans. Personalised invitations can be a nice little touch if you’re celebrating a really special occasion like an engagement or a baby shower.

5. Stock up on party supplies and decorations

This is where the real fun starts! Decide whether you want to go simple or all out (why wouldn’t you?) and pick decorations that match your party theme.

Paper decorations like fans, pom poms and honeycomb decorations can look super stylish and it doesn’t take a creative genius to make them look good! Stick to a few main colours to guarantee your party decorations look perfectly colour-coordinated.

6. Order a birthday cake

If you’re planning a birthday party, you mustn’t forget this. Order it a couple of weeks in advance to make sure it’s ready on time and if you’re making your own, it’s a good idea to do a trial run on new recipes to avoid any baking disasters!

If you’re no Mary Berry, you could always buy a pre-made supermarket cake and jazz it up with some cute cake bunting like the cake below.

7. Plan your party food (but don’t buy anything)

Whether you’re on a budget or not, plan out what party food you’ll need in advance to make sure you’ll have enough to feed everyone. If you’re sharing the role of caterer, planning things out in advance will help you organise who’s bringing what.

8. Buy a birthday present

This is a no-brainer but don’t forget to buy a birthday present! And when you do, top it off with some cute wrapping and a stylish gift tag.

9. Purchase your party food and pick up the cake

Three days prior to the party is enough time to make sure you have everything you need and make sure everything is still fresh by the day of the party.

10. Decorate the venue and get the party started!

Thanks to your amazing organisational skills (and our handy party checklist), everything should be sorted by the day of the party! All that’s left to do is decorate the venue, get ready and have fun!



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