When it comes to planning parties, I must first admit that I’m definitely not an expert! I don’t host a lot of elaborate parties (although I have organized some other major events), but I definitely don’t stress whenever I do plan a party or event.
Here’s my advice for stress free party planning:
Keep it Simple – My best advice for stress free event planning is to keep it as simple as possible. Sometimes you can get so caught up in every little detail of the party, that you spend hours creating the perfect banner, when a simple banner or even no banner would have been totally fine. This is especially true for kid’s birthday parties. Your one-year-old will not care if your decorations are super elaborate or super simple.
Prioritize – This goes right along with keeping it simple, but you also need to prioritize which aspects of the party are the most important. If you take care of those things first, then it will take a lot of the stress away. If you know the guests are invited, food is under control, and you have the plasticware needed, the rest is probably not essential.
Delegate – Whenever you can, ask friends to pitch in. When I host meals or large groups, I often ask each family to bring one item. It’s easy for them to take care of just one thing, and makes my workload much lighter.
Plan and work ahead – The more you can plan and also accomplish ahead of time, the better. Knowing you have a plan will allow you to stop worrying about everything. Also, I would recommend getting whatever you can done early. You don’t have to wait until the week before to buy non perishables or get the gift ready.
Of course, I’ve created a pretty printable to help you organize your next event. Just click the image below to download it.
How about you? Do you have any advice for low stress party planning? Share your tips in the comments below.
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