Party Planning Tips & Printable Checklist

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Who doesn’t love a good par-tay?  Of course it’s always nice to be the attendee and have no responsibility.  However, planning them can sometimes be a lot of work.  Knowing the who, what, when, where, why and how — and the timing of pulling it all together can be hard!  Phew.  It can wear you out just thinking about it!  Today I thought I would share a few of my party planning tips with an easy timeline I typically use that seems to make the planning a little bit easier — and a super easy party planning checklist that will allow you to keep your notes in one place!  Woo Hoo!

Party Planning Tips and Printable Checklist with livelaughrowe.comWhen planning a party, it’s best to start pulling some things together a little earlier than waiting until you’re couple of weeks out.  It really does ease the stress!  If and when possible, start around two months out with these general guidelines.

Party Planning Tips and Printable Checklist

2 Months:

  • Pick your theme
  • Set a date, time and location
  • Decide on budget
  • Send Save the Dates

Picking your theme, budget and location is a HUGE start!  These details will help you move forward with some direction in mind.  For the Save the Dates, I recommend sending an e-mail or a Save the Date via evite.  Did you know you send them through evite?  It’s pretty fabulous!

Find some great inspiration here too:

Follow Live Laugh Rowe’s board Planning a Par-tay! #EviteParty on Pinterest.

1 month:

  • Purchase or Make Party Decor
  • Decide on Menu

You have to admit that planning and shopping for the party decor can be the most fun.  I like to mix some DIY into mine — but when purchasing supplies, it’s much more fun to shop some of the awesome on-line stores too!  Why?  Well, I like the idea that it isn’t something everyone else is using, does that make sense?  Celebrate Express has some great products too.  For an upcoming BBQ, I’m loving this Grill Master BBQ event pack!

Party Planning Tips and Printable ChecklistWhen planning the menu, keep in mind that shortcuts are okay!  Give yourself permission to take them too — whether that be buying some of the items as takeout or asking friends to bring a dish!  You don’t have to do everything and not all of the food has to be homemade.  If you’re looking for some fabulous inspiration, be sure to check out Sandra Lee’s recipes!  Recipes like these Chicken and Avocado Tacos or these Cheeseburger Bites.  All kinds of yummy goodness and perfect for your party planning needs!

Sandra Lee Recipes2-3 weeks:

The time has come to officially send out the invitations!  Keep the costs down by sending evites!  I’ve used evite on several occasions and it’s such a lifesaver and allows you to do so much more than just the invite out.  And did I mention all of the awesome designs?  Here are a couple that caught my eye:

Party Planning Tips and Printable ChecklistDay of:

  • Pick up/Set up food
  • Decorate
  • Par-tay!

If all goes well, this day should not be overwhelming.  You’ve planned accordingly and today it’s simply tidying up the to-do list {hee-hee).  Be sure to take some time to enjoy the party yourself too.

Here is a basic and simple printable checklist that will help you in your planning:

Party Planning Tips and Printable Checklistclick to print or save party planning checklist printableGood friends.  Good food.  Good times had by all.
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  1. JaneEllen says

    Great helps for entertaining. haven’t had a party or get -together at our house in long time. I’m more for people just dropping in and get with it. I get so nervous I’m no good at anything.
    Have to say tho we had some people I worked with one time for Thanksgiving and it was so much fun. Our daughter and her family came too, it was so relaxed, we ate, talked, had great time. We have a small living room so even tho it was crowded we still had great time.
    The kids don’t come for holidays anymore so we’re alone, maybe we should think about doing something this holiday season. You’ve got me thinking at least. Great tips, and inspiration Kelly. Thanks for sharing all terrific tips and helpers. Happy summer days

  2. says

    I love throwing summer parties and need all the tips I can get! Love these! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday link party! Pinning! ~ Heather

  3. says

    Stopping by from the Pin Junkie Link Up. Lovely printable 😀 If you would like to, I would LOVE for you to share it (and any other printables you have) with my “Free Printables” Google Plus Community!


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