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10 Things to do to Get Your Home Ready for a Party

>> Dec 10, 2011

With the silly season fast approaching it is likely that you are in the process of planning either a Christmas or New Years Eve party. There is no need to get stressed, it just takes a bit of organisation and careful planning, and your party will go off without a hitch. Think about hosting your party outdoors, making the most of the warmer weather. You will need some sort of shelter for you guests, either a retractable awning or a veranda. If you are going to be partying inside help keep your home cool by leaving your front and back door open. With all those extra bodies it will quickly warm up, so leave the doors open, keeping the security doors locked, to encourage a cool breeze to blow through.

List of guests

One of the first things you will need to do is work out your guest list. This will give you an idea of how much food and drinks you will need to buy, as well as help you set your budget. You might be having a party for family or throwing a bash for close friends. You could be organising a more formal evening for your partners work colleagues. It could be a kid’s party you are planning for. Consider your guest list and what this selection of people will enjoy eating and drinking. Also consider whether they will want a more structured evening or something casual.

Lock in the date

As soon as you can work out the date lock it in! Don't worry about trying to find a date to suit everyone as this is virtually impossible. The key is to get in early before everyone's diaries are full with other invitations. As soon as you work out your date and guest list get those invitations out there.

Plan the menu

The style of party will determine your menu. A kids party menu will be very different from a formal gathering for your boss and work colleagues for example. Also think about whether the party will be held outside and serve food that is going to keep. If you are doing the cooking yourself decide how much effort you want to go to in preparing the food.

If it is a Christmas, birthday or New Years Eve party then decorations add a nice touch. Don't forget to decorate your outdoor entertainment area if you are planning on partying outside.

Do your shopping a few days in advance for non-perishable items, such as drinks and things you can freeze. Buy things like seafood the day before, which is definitely better served fresh.

Don't do it alone
Make sure you aren't left to prepare the whole party yourself. Give your partner or even the kids some specific tasks in the lead up to the party. Have your partner mow the lawn or teach the kids how to use the vacuum cleaner. If you don't want to be stuck in the kitchen all night perhaps you might want to think about hiring a caterer.

Dressing up is always fun, even if it is just giving guests to put on their best cocktail dress. Having a theme gives you the option to incorporate the food, drinks, as well as the decorations into the theme.

The type of entertainment you have will depend on your party and your budget. The are specialist entertainers for kids parties, like fairies, magicians and clowns, or you might want to hire a jumping castle. For a casual party with friends playing your favourite music would be enough. For a big party you might want to hire a band or music group, or even an MC if it is a formal evening with speeches.


Clean up your outdoor area. Mow the lawn, tidy the garden and clean up the outdoor furniture.

Keep an eye on who is coming into your house. If you are having a lot of guests it is often easier to leave the front door unlocked with so many people coming in. Just be aware of who is there. If you are worried about it you might want to lock the security door.

The key to a successful party is planning in advance and considering the type of party to suit your guests.

1 komentar:

Michael December 15, 2011 at 4:53 AM  

Mmm, good pointers...

Now, who cleans the mess after? Haha, that's what I don't like about house parties. Good morning lina. ☺

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