Dramas of Party Planning

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You don’t want any of those, right?

Throwing a memorable celebration takes a lot of planning. There’s the theme, the decor, the food, the invitations, the playlist… so much to organise. It usually takes longer than you think.

However you plan your celebration party, remember these important things:

  • The reason you are planning this celebration.  Hint: The academy Award for Party Planning is #Fakenews
  • Whatever your budget, it is important to stick to it. Food and drink will take up at least a half of that budget. Don’t be embarrassed to ask guests to BYO alcohol, or to help with dessert. Nobody minds.
  • Hire professionals for some of the work. You need to enjoy the celebration, too, and helpers free you up to mingle with guests. Think about using a caterer for at least some of the food, and a photographer to allow you and your guests to be in the photos instead of behind the lens.
  • Don’t get carried away with your theme. Themes are great to break the ice at parties where there are many generations, or friends and family who have not met before. If your guests enjoy the fun of finding things for the theme, you’ve got it right. If guests feel as though they need to outlay a huge expense, then please think again.
  • Make sure the celebration fits your Guest of Honour’s personality – no surprise parties for those who hate surprises, but the all-out Gatsby Party for your outgoing friend is perfect!
  • Have fun! Seriously, no one will remember that the sausage rolls came out a bit burnt, or that the pineapple you used as a savoury – holder fell over  and crashed into the dip (true story!). What guests remember is the warm welcoming feeling you create – and the photos they can share for years to come.

PS  If you are after a celebrations photographer who will miss nothing, while being as unobtrusive as your pot plant, I’d love to help!

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