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Party Hard: Party Happy

Celebrations are such important things. They are an essential way of marking a milestone in your families lives, and they bring everyone together in such a positive way. But they can also be seriously hard work. There is the stress of organizing them. As well as the cost, and the worry that everything will go right on the day. But there are some ways you can have an awesome celebration without tearing your hair out. Read on to find out what they are.

Planning

A great party starts with clever planning. Get this part right, and you are setting up the foundations for a fantastic event. But what do you need to consider when planning a party?

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Well, first of all, you want to fix a date. If there is anyone that you definitely want to attend, make sure you check with them first that they are free.

Then you need to set your venue. For most folks, this will be their home or garden. But for a larger get-together, it might be better to hire a town hall or similar place.

Lastly, you want to work out the timing of what will be having during the celebration. It is a good idea to set a start and finish time, even if this is just a loose guide. As it will stop people turning up too early, or outstaying their welcome. It is also useful to do a time plan because you can work out when you will serve food and refreshments, and when you will fit in any entertainment you want to include.

Supplies

Next, you need to consider supplies. Party supplies can actually be quite expensive, especially if you have a very distinct idea of the theme that you want to create.

However, by being organized ahead of time, you can use the internet to locate the best prices for items. Such as cups, bowls, and plates, as well as any decorations that you want to buy.

Decorations

Talking of decorations, buying them isn't the only option. It is quite possible to make them successfully too.

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Of course, it will depend on the type of party you're having, as to what decorations you will actually make. For example, for a wedding celebration, you might want to create some classic paper pom-poms and decorate the table with wildflowers. Whereas for a kid's party, you can choose things that are a bit more fun such as this Elsa pinata, paper chains, and streamers.

Cost

An aspect that many people can find stressful when organizing a party is the cost. Everything that you need to buy, even if you are making the food from scratch, can run into a serious amount of money. But there are a few ways of minimizing the effect of this cost, on the person funding it all.

Firstly you can ask everyone to chip in, if appropriate. You can split the cost down the middle, or you can request that different folks bring different items on the day. Such as soft drinks, snack, and alcohol.

Or you can prepare to absorb the extra cost by raising a little extra money before you go ahead with the planning. There are a lot of ways to do this. You can sell some second-hand items on an auction site. Or you can join a survey site such as Swagbucks. Or, how about visiting your local pawnshop? There you can secure a loan against something of high value and have the chance to buy it back later when you have the money. You can even kill two birds with one stone, and get a great deal on a gift for the person on honor at your celebration.

Food

No party is going to be fun without food and drink. What and how much of it you are providing needs to be considering carefully. The biggest mistake that people make when they are hosting a party is that they don't provide enough refreshments. Bare in mind that many a wonderful party has ended too soon because the drink and vittles have run out! So don't like this happen to you!

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That is why it is vital that there are enough food and drink for the number of guests that will be attending. If you are serving only hors d'oeuvres make sure that there are at least 12-15 pieces per person. You will also need 1 drink per person, per hour, plus another one for good measure.

Also, don't forget to provide alcohol-free soft drink for drivers and those that are abstaining. Similarly, it is also important that if you are serving dishes that some people are allergic to like seafood, that you ensure there is an allergy safe option.

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