Everyone loves parties. Well, not everyone. Planning them can be quite stressful because you want to do well by your guests and have everything moving smoothly and organically.
Do you get stressed out when asked to organize a party? It used to be a major source of anxiety for me, but these tips helped me to calm down and actually look forward to this social role:
- Plan, plan, and plan. Like any situation, the more you know going in, the smoother everything will run. How many people will be coming? Is there a theme? Do you need to send out invitations? What kind of drinks do you plan on serving? What kind of food do you need? Do any of the guests have food allergies that you need to think ahead about? If you are not having the party at your place, where will it be held and how soon do you need to book it? Thoroughly plan out as many details as possible and you will not be unpleasantly surprised.
- Start small. Very few of us are thrust into the role of party planner. We often feel that it is something we should do in order to reciprocate for all of the bashes that our friends have thrown for us. Just as with anything in life, start small. Organize a party for two or three friends and judge how that goes. If something should go wrong, your friends will take it all in stride and you won’t potentially be ruining the evening for dozens of people.
- Don’t be afraid to enlist help. If you are starting to feel overwhelmed, ask for help. There is no reason to feel bad about this. In fact, if you are too busy because of other commitments, getting assistance will take some of the burden off of you. The end result will be a successful bash and that will make you feel more confident in your party planning abilities moving forward.