Invitations to disaster
Sending out invitations 3 months or 3 hours before a party will definitely make sure that you’ll be partying by yourself in an empty home because many invitees will either simply forget about the event or will not be able to make time in their schedules for the same. The rule of thumb to be followed in this case is to send out invites one month in advance in case of a formal event and at least two weeks in advance in case of an informal gathering.
Guests and pests
The onus of selecting the members of the guest list for a party falls squarely on the host. The guest list should be made keeping in mind that all guests should feel free to enjoy themselves. If it’s a small party, avoid calling guests who may cause trouble. If it’s a large party, such guests may be included provided they and everyone else have adequate space and company to interact with people of their choosing. If such a guest starts creating an issue during the party, the host must ask them to either control their behavior or leave.
Many hosts spend so much time preparing the party location that they forget to look into one important facility all the party goers will at some point require, the bathroom. First ensure that all valuables are safely locked away. Extra tissues, towels and soaps are always a good idea, as is clean sanitary – ware. The best idea is to isolate one bathroom for the party, making sure it’s accessible easily in case of any (possibly alcohol – induced) emergency.
Food plays a central role in a social gathering. But taking on the responsibility of preparing meals for a large group of people can be more trouble for what it’s worth. If your party involves a large number of guests, ask them or a select few to help you out in preparing the food for everyone. If it’s an informal gathering, ask people to bring an item of food that everyone can then share.
Love thy Neighbors
Unless you’re throwing your party in the middle of nowhere, letting your neighbors know in time may save on an embarrassing visit from the local authorities. Make sure the noise levels don’t exceed acceptable levels. Better yet, invite them too!
Follow these five pointers and ensure that all your parties actually end up becoming cherished memories instead of an unfortunate series of events.