To help you get started and keep you organized one of your greatest assets is having a Party Planning Check List. Having a check list can relieve your anxiety of what to do and when to do it. Planning your event without a check list will create the added burden of feeling like you are forgetting something and no one wants to waste time on that. It also serves as a time table for the specific tasks you need to complete. Having a check list is an absolute must and a great time saver to help you plan and prepare for your special event.
The one task I hate most is shopping for the supplies. Items like plates, napkins, cups, balloons, the matching table cloth, thank you cards, and hoping the store does not run short of the pattern you need; which can be frustrating to say the least. As a time saver for getting these essentials I suggest purchasing a Birthday or Theme Party Kit. Purchasing a kit is like a one-stop shopping trip; everything is included and no need to worry about not finding all the matching items.
Birthday and Theme Kits are available on-line and shopping on-line is another great time saver. Everything ships right to your door or place of business. Shopping on-line from the comfort of your home or office definitely will save you time, and gas, plus you can select everything you will need in the time it would take you to drive to your local store.
In addition to finding Birthday and Theme Kits on-line you can also find Decoration Kits. Decoration Kits are another time saver as everything you need for decorating is included. Decoration Kits are usually available to match your Birthday or Theme Kit. Even if a complete Decoration Kit is not available for your particular Birthday or Theme Kit there will be many decoration items available and in stock that will match your party kit.
Another of my least favorite event planning tasks is planning for the food. Depending on the size and type of the celebration you are planning, formal vs. informal, this will vary a great deal. So budget plays a big role in deciding how you will tackle the food planning. You will need to decide if you will have drinks, finger foods, buffet, full meals, or something other.
Certainly having a caterer to provide a buffet or full meal will be a time saver. However if your budget does not permit it or your event is not that formal then finger foods are likely to be your choice. A great time saver for finger foods is purchasing ready to go deli/bakery trays. At your local grocery store you can find just about every kind of deli tray you will need from appetizers to deserts. Not all the deli trays need to be ordered ahead of time; several are available immediately and are in ready to serve platters in the deli section of your grocery store.
So go get started with your planning. Start by getting your Party Planning Check List. Decide on a Birthday or Theme Kit you think your child or guests would like. Shop for your Decoration Kit or matching decorations for you Birthday or Theme kit on-line and enjoy the convenience of having them delivered directly to your home or business. If a caterer is not in your budget or just too formal then explore your local grocery store for great deli trays. These time saver strategies will help take the stress out of planning your event so you can enjoy your celebration and your guests will too!