It won’t be long now. The New Year will soon be here. Before time slips up on you, you may want to start organizing a New Year’s Eve party. There’s still time to plan a great party for you, your family, and friends to celebrate.
Here are some things you may want to consider when making your plans:
Set a budget. Before you can plan too much, you need to know how much money you have for everything you’ll need for the party. You’ll need a location, food, beverages, invitations, decorations, party favors, and entertainment. Decide how much you’ll spend for each category and stick to that amount.
Set your guest list. Make a list with two columns – a list of people you definitely want to come to the party and a list of those people you’d consider. Cut the list down until you’ve reached the number that will enable you to remain within your budget. Buy and send out your invitations so people can respond to the invitation. Ask them to reply at least two weeks prior to the party. Remember not to make your invitation list too long. You can’t take people off the list but you can add people if some of your guests can’t make it.
Set a theme. Decide on a theme to give you a starting place to plan what type of food you’ll have, music, decorations, place settings, and invitations. There are so many themes to choose from when organizing a New Year’s Eve Party that you’re sure to find one that will suit you and your guests.
Set a menu. Food and beverages are always a big expense for parties. Will you prepare all of the food or will it be catered? Remember to keep your budget in mind when making this decision so you still have money left for the other items you’ll need.
Set a location. You may want to decide where you’ll have the party as soon as you can unless you plan to have it at your home or a friend’s home. If you’re going to rent a space for the party, you’ll want to have this task locked in as soon as you can. A week before the party, call to verify the room is still scheduled for your party.
Set a deadline. If you’ve sent out invitations and there hasn’t been a good response, you’re not obligated to have the party. Keep all of your plans in a folder for next year and you’ll be that much further ahead in the planning. Then send out postcards to people to let them know you’ve cancelled your party. Find someone else’s party to go to and bring in the New Year with friends.
Organizing a New Year’s Eve Party can be a lot of work, but if everything goes well the effort will be so worth it. Start early, set a budget, and plan to have fun. New Year’s Eve only comes once a year, so make the most of it!