When getting ready to throw a party, not only do you want to make sure you have basic party supplies, like tableware, but you also want to find ways to cut costs and clean up effectively. In addition, you want to make sure that you get everything setup in time.
Party Supplies Checklist
The first thing you want to do is make sure you have all of the needed supplies.
“There’s nothing worse than realizing–usually just before the event–that you forgot something essential,” said a spokesperson for Dean Supply. “You’re already probably pretty nervous, getting everything ready in time. Do you really need one more thing to cause you worry?!”
Make a list and check off each item as you have it:
- Serving dishes and utensils
- Favors and/or party bags and decorations
- Items to keep guests happy, such as games
- Enough cookware and bakeware
- Recipe ingredient
Tips for Cutting Costs
“There are a lot of things you can do to stay in budget,” said DeSatnik. “For instance, don’t invite more people than you can afford to feed and looking for sales.”
Here are some other tips:
- Opt for DIY projects instead of premade. Sometimes a DIY project, where time and effort was spent, can be more appreciated than something store-bought where all you had to do was spend the money for it.
- Don’t go overboard with the menu. It’s better to have fewer high-quality recipes, than a lot of others where some ingredients may have been left out to cut corners.
- If you want entertainment, look into doing something like an iPod playlist instead of a DJ.
- If you’re booking a venue, try to book on a less popular day, such as Sunday.
Some things can be done the night before, and that will save you time and stress. You can set the table and get many of the decorations up the night before.
Save meal preparation for the day of the party, since some things (such as buttercream icing) are notorious for not holding up.
While most people just wait until the event is over to clean up, the easiest way to do the cleaning is to clean as you go. For example, as plates are used, make sure they get washed thrown away.
Put the leftover food in containers after everyone is done eating. Finally, if the event is happening in more than one room, you can clean up rooms after they are done being used. (But don’t be too obvious or it will make guests uncomfortable.)
Finally, you want to make sure you have plenty of food and drink for all of your guests. The last thing you want is to run out and have people who don’t get any. This includes things like cake, main dish, soda, water, and juice. If you’re going to have little sandwiches or other snacks, you want to make sure you have plenty. Keep in mind, some things might get eaten more than others so it’s best to have too much and not too little.
Taking these into consideration should help make your party a huge success–to to mention you’ll be a lot less stressed!