Are you planning a party at home this summer?
A party in your garden! Food for the little ones, food for their grown ups, a bottle or 3 of fizz… where do you start?
We’ve put together a to do list that we thought you might find useful.
- Research a provider that comes highly recommended and will be happy to provide entertainment and activities in your home.
- Check that there are no school fairs, local events or other birthday parties that clash with your preferred date and book them for your child’s Birthday weekend.
- Book your provider.
- Buy or commission personalised invites: we love Nikki Pontin.
- Write a guest list and send out invites with an RSVP by date, do this approximately 4 weeks before your party.
- Design your party food menu, Pinterest is full of very popular and instagramable ideas we’ve created a board with the things we love and have tried out over the years. *Ice lollies might be a good idea if it’s a hot day.
- Consider what will you feed the adults that inevitably stay when you host a party at home…Will you provide fizz/beers? Make sure you have enough glasses.
- Write a shopping list.
- Book your on-line shopping for the day before the party.
- Decide on a theme that works with your entertainer; buy decorations, table cloths, cups, plates, bowls, napkins, balloons to match. *NB helium is not easy to order on-line so look for somewhere local.
- Buy pass the parcel treats, wrapping paper and wrap up with a little something in each layer rather than a big prize at the end.
- Have a read up on the latest trends for party bags, and buy enough bags and bits to fill them with. *always have a few spares in case siblings come or guests that didn’t R.S.V.P turn up unannounced.
- Research a local baker and order a cake. Be sure to get candles, matches and enough plates, napkins and spoons for cake.
- Decide if you’d like a Piñata and where you might hang it. Have an ice pack ready chilling in the freezer if you do.
- Confirm party guests by RSVP date. Check any special food requirements and adjust online shopping order accordingly.
- Check the weather forecast and borrow a gazebo just in case it rains.
- Put away your food-shopping delivery.
- Collect your Birthday cake.
- Organise seating so that party guests can be seated to eat.
- Clean the house, tidy the garden and move any furniture or breakables out of the way.
- Make a party music playlist.
- Make the adult guest party food and get glasses ready.
- Make the children’s food.
- Erect your gazebo and decorate.
- Lay the party food table.
- Get yourself ready.
- Get your children ready at least 30 minutes early as guests tend to arrive earlier when parties are hosted at home.
- Decide on house rules, where are your guests allowed to go/not go.
- Work out a strategy on how you’ll get everyone to leave when the party finishes.
- Take down the gazebo.
- Put the furniture and valuables back in place.
- Clear away the decorations and clean the house.
- Pour yourself a glass of wine and promise yourself next year that you’ll host your party at Punk Me Up.