Party Your Boss Will Love

Party Your Boss Will Love

Just because a party supposed to be fun it doesn’t mean you don’t have to take planning it seriously. Yes, the more carefully you plan your next party the more likely it becomes the party your friends will talk about for a long time to come.

What makes a good party? The right answer is “It depends.” Yes, it depends on what the party is supposed to accomplish. You must know the purpose for your party. Based on the reason of your party you can start planning. If you want to impress your boss, you will throw a very different party than if you wanted to impress your girlfriend.

Some parties have a more functional purpose than others. If you are planning a party to invite your boss and coworkers to help you get that promotion you have always wanted, you have to make sure they are having a good time. You have to find out what it is they consider a good time. You should research the kind of food they like and the kind of drinks they enjoy the most. If they enjoy your party you will most likely grow in their eyes.

A party with your boss is normally not what people would consider a “wild” event. Normally, it is considered a business function than a totally relaxing event. Think of it as an extension of your own promotional system. During a party like this you are working. Your preparation should be similar to the preparation of a good business presentation. Often, your boss wants to know that you know how to have fun without being out of control.

If you are inviting friends or family to the party make sure they will not embarrass you, because the results could be devastating. You don’t want to be embarrassed by people losing control because they think that’s what a party is all about.

Planning a New Years Eve Party in a Catering Hall

Planning a New Years Eve Party in a Catering Hall

For many who plan to host a New Years Eve party, hosting the party in a catering hall is a very popular option. There is certainly an increased expense associated with this option and more advanced planning required but many hosts enjoy this option because it greatly reduces the amount of work required by the host and also greatly reduces the responsibilities of the hosts on the evening of the party. In fact in most cases, the host’s only responsibilities during the party are to greet the guests, have a good time and thank the guests for coming at the conclusion of the party. This is appealing to many and is one of the major reasons why many party hosts opt to plan their New Years Eve party in a catering hall. This article will examine some of the logistics involved in hosting a New Years Eve party in a catering hall and will also explain how this option can make a party run very smoothly.

Two of the biggest concerns associated with planning a New Years Eve party in a catering hall are the costs associated with the party and the advance planning required to host the party. Any party which is hosted in a catering hall is likely to be significantly more expensive than a party hosted in the individual’s home because there is a fee for the use of the facility and the assistance of the staff. Additionally, the host is also often required to use the catering services for providing food and beverages for the guests. All of this can be especially expensive when hosting a New Years Eve party because of the popularity of the holiday. Catering halls are in high demand during this night and therefore most catering halls will charge a premium for their space and services on this particular night.

Advance planning is also very important when planning a New Years Eve party in a catering hall. New Years Eve is an incredibly popular holiday and many catering halls are booked a year or even longer in advance. This means you have to plan well ahead if you wish to host a New Years Eve party in a particular location. If you have a particular catering hall in mind, it is a good idea to give them a call at least a year before you want to host the party and inquire about their availability. If they are not available for the following New Years Eve, you will have to decide if you want to wait until the next available New Years Eve to host your party or if you want to look at other locations.

When planning a New Years Eve party in a catering hall, it is important to work closely with the staff of the catering hall to plan your entertainment. If you plan to hire a band or a DJ, you should consult the catering hall staff before making arrangements. They might have restrictions on entertainment and it is important to understand these restrictions before planning your entertainment. Restrictions may limit the noise level of the entertainment or may even limit the professional entertainers to a list of approved performers. Understanding these restrictions ahead of time will prevent problems on the day of the party which may occur if the entertainment violates any of the policies of the catering hall.

The food is also a very important consideration in planning a New Years Eve party in a catering hall. In most cases, the catering hall will require you to use their catering services for the food and beverages. They will likely have set menus you can choose from but they may also be willing to work with you to create a customized menu specifically for your New Years Eve party. Most catering halls also usually offer the host of the party the opportunity to taste several of the food options to make it easier to select a menu for the event. You may have the option of choosing a sit down dinner, a buffet, appetizers and desserts for your party.

Tips For Throwing A Great Dinner Party

Tips For Throwing A Great Dinner Party

If you are planning a dinner party, you may be wondering exactly how to go about it. You may be stuck deciding on a theme, where to hold the party or maybe even what to serve at the party? If so, you are certainly not alone. But with a little research, you can easily learn how to throw the best dinner party ever and here you will find just a few ideas to help you along the way.

Tips for Throwing the Perfect Dinner Party

When it comes to throwing a dinner party, the first thing that you want to do is to think of why you are throwing the party. Who is it for? What month are you throwing it in? The people who are attending the party will be the main people you base the party around. You need to think of what food they like, what type of people they are and whether the dinner party is for a special occasion.

If you are struggling for a theme, it can often be a good idea to throw a cultural party. Obviously this is better if anybody involved in the dinner party is from a certain culture, but even if they aren’t, it can often be a unique theme to use. You could go for a Moroccan theme, a Mexican theme or an Asian theme. Whatever theme you do choose, you will have to make sure that the food, the setting and the decorations all match that particular theme. So, if you are planning a Mexican theme, you will need to serve Mexican food such as Nachos.

When planning on where to actually hold the dinner party, usually most people choose to have it at their own home. That way it is easier, cheaper and you can control everything. However, you could also choose to have one at a restaurant or you could hire out a hall and do buffet style catering. Again, it depends entirely on the month of the year you are having the dinner party and what the dinner party is for. If it is for a special occasion then you may prefer a more formal style, or perhaps a buffet would be the best option, especially in summer.

Also, just because it is a dinner party, it does not mean that you have to have full dinner. You could just serve coffee and dessert. This is a perfect informal idea if you want a light, informal socializing dinner party.

There is a lot of planning that goes into a dinner party and there are many different ideas you can try. It helps to know your guests and use a unique theme wherever possible.

New Years Eve Party Planning on a Budget

New Years Eve Party Planning on a Budget

In general New Years Eve party planning is not a difficult process. There are a number of standard elements which are common in any type of party such as invitations, location, food, beverages and entertainment which should be considered but beside from that there aren’t many unique aspects of a New Years Eve party which require special consideration. The late hour of a New Years Eve party is somewhat unusual and results in some unique food option such as offering cocktails and appetizers in the evening and cocktails such as the Bloody Mary and the Mimosa in the morning along with a breakfast buffet. However, New Years Eve party planning does prevent a challenge when it is necessary to complete this planning on a tight budget. This article will provide some tips for planning and executing a memorable New Years Eve party on a tight budget.

The first step in planning a New Years Eve party on a budget is to establish an ultimate budget. Once this is done, you can list all of the individual aspects of the party such as invitations, decorations, location, food, beverages and entertainment and determine the percentage of your total budget you wish to spend on each of these components.

When planning a New Years Eve party on a budget, it is important to carefully consider the guest list for the party. This is important because the number of the guests you invite may dictate the location of the party. For example if you are planning a relatively small party, you will likely be able to host the home either in your own home or in the home of a friend. However, if you plan to invite a large number of people, you might have to consider holding the party in a restaurant or a catering hall. This is significant when you are on a tight budget because these facilities charge a usage fee and may require you to use their catering services as well which can be costly. For this reason you should consider limiting your guest list to a size which your home can accommodate.

Food is a very important party of any New Years Eve party. After you have determined the budget for food at the party, you can start to consider your options for providing food for your guests. The most expensive option will likely be to provide a catered sit down dinner for your guests. This option is expensive but many guests enjoy the elegance of this option. If this is important to you, you should consider devoting a large portion of your budget to food. However, there are much less expensive ways to feed your guests at a New Years Eve party. Other popular options include providing appetizers only or putting out a buffet of homemade foods for your guests. Both of these options will be considerably less expensive than providing a sit down dinner with multiple courses. If you are hosting the party in a home, you could even consider making the event a potluck to drastically reduce the cost of food. You could prepare a main course item and ask your guests to bring appetizers, side dishes, salads and desserts.

There are many affordable options for entertainment when you are planning a New Years Eve party on a budget. Music is one of the most popular options for entertainment at any party but you do not have to incur the expense of hiring a band or a DJ to host the party. Although these can be a lot of fun, you can also provide your own music with a simple CD player and a set of speakers. You can even make the party more fun by asking each guest to bring along a few of their own CDs and have everyone at the party take a turn playing DJ for an hour during the party.

Planning a Thanksgiving Party: Should You Ask Your Guests for Help

Planning a Thanksgiving Party: Should You Ask Your Guests for Help

As nice as it is to host a Thanksgiving party, there is a lot of work that goes into doing so. Unfortunately, too many Thanksgiving party hosts find themselves in way over their heads. Before your Thanksgiving party turns into something that you would like to forget, you are advised to take steps that will help to make your Thanksgiving party easy to plan and prepare for. While there are a number of steps that you can take, there is one that you may seriously want to consider. That step is asking your party guests for assistance.

When it comes to asking party guests for assistance, there are many party hosts who are actually horrified at the thought of doing so. While you may not want to ask your party guests for assistance, you may need to, but it is completely understandable if you would choose not to. However, before you make your final decision, it may be a good idea to examine the advantages and disadvantages of asking your party guests for assistance. Doing so may make it easier for you decide whether or not it is a good idea to ask your guests for help.

As you likely already know, the biggest advantage to asking your party guests for assistance is the help that you will receive. This help, whether it be the purchase of additional beverages or the preparation of a side dish, will likely make your party planning experience easier and much more enjoyable. The less work you have to do, the more fun your Thanksgiving party is likely to become. In fact, what you can ask your party guests to do is another advantage to asking them for assistance.

Depending on the type of Thanksgiving party you choose to host, the assistance that you need may vary. It is nice to include a Thanksgiving dinner with your Thanksgiving party, but it can be costly and time consuming. If you are planning a Thanksgiving party that includes a dinner, it may be a good idea to ask some of your guests, at least the guests that you feel comfortable asking for help, to prepare a small side dish. Additional assistance could come in the form of drinks, Thanksgiving decorations, as well as additional tables and chairs.

The main disadvantage to asking your Thanksgiving party guests for help is the feeling that you may be left with. Although many of your party guests, particularly your close friends and family, may be more than willing to offer you assistance, you may feel ashamed to ask. While this feeling is completely normal, it may still make you feel uncomfortable. That is why you may also choose not to ask your party guests for assistance. Although you may not want to ask for help, it is important to remember the extra work that you are giving yourself. As previously mentioned, asking your Thanksgiving party guests for help, even a little bit of it, will not only save you time, but sometimes even money.

If you do make the decision to ask your Thanksgiving party guests for assistance, either with food, drinks, or decorations, it will be best if you ask them in advance. Even if you are only asking one of your party guests to pickup an extra bottle of wine, it would be nice if you gave them a little bit of notice and time to prepare for your request, no matter how large or small it be.

Your Thanksgiving Party: Day of Preparations

Your Thanksgiving Party: Day of Preparations

Are you in the mist of planning a Thanksgiving party? When it comes to Thanksgiving parties, a large amount of focus is placed on the planning and the preparation. While it is always advised that you plan and prepare for your party in advance, there are some things that just cannot be done until the last minute or, at least, the day of your party. That is why it may be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the last minute party preparations that you will have to make.

Depending on the size of your Thanksgiving party, you may need to make additional accommodations for your guests. These accommodations may likely include seating arrangements. If you need to set up additional tables and chairs, it may be a good idea to save that task until the day of your Thanksgiving party. This will prevent your home from being cluttered with additional tables and chairs; tables and chairs that may very well be in your way.

Since a Thanksgiving party is not complete without Thanksgiving decorations, there is a good chance that you will be decorating your home. If you do choose to decorate your home, for your Thanksgiving party, you may want to leave the decorations until the last minute. Of course, you can always put your decorations up early, if you want to, but there are a number of benefits to leaving them down until the day of your party. Those benefits include the lack of dust that will accumulate on those decorations and the less likelihood of them getting damaged before your party even begins.

If you decided to incorporate a Thanksgiving dinner into your Thanksgiving party, you may have prepared some of your foods and side dishes early. While you can prepare a number of dished in advance, there are some that need to be made at the last minute. Whether you are cooking a turkey or preparing a fresh salad, you may need to do your cooking on the day of, likely the morning of, your party. Even if you are just serving snacks and drinks at your party, you will want to wait until that day to start setting them out.

Another task that you may want to leave until the day of your party is the cleaning of your home. While you can also start to prepare your home a few days before your party is set to take place, there are some cleaning tasks that you may want to leave until the last few hours. These tasks may include a quick dusting, as well as a quick vacuum. Waiting until the day of your Thanksgiving party to sweep or vacuum your home will help to ensure that your home is as clean as it could possibly be.

In addition to the above mentioned tasks, you will likely find that there are number of other tasks that you may like to complete on the day of your Thanksgiving party. If you are currently in the planning stages, it may be a good idea to develop a party checklist or a party planning schedule. This may make it easier to decide what you should and shouldn’t save until the day of your Thanksgiving party. In addition to giving you a set schedule to follow, you will also likely find that planning your party ahead of time, even at the last minute, will make it easier for you to enjoy yourself, even before your Thanksgiving party begins.

Party Favors Make The Occasion Memorable

Party Favors Make The Occasion Memorable

There are lots of great dates to throw a killer party, and the addition of party favors can add some fun to the celebrations. Here are some party favor ideas for some holidays that are a little bit out of the traditional.

St. Patrick’s Day: It hasn’t received National Holiday recognition yet, but there is a great tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in North America. It’s been almost three months since anyone last threw a holiday party, so this might account for some of the festivity that surrounds the day. Arm bands in green and white with a shamrock on them make for a great wearable party favor for the Irish holiday, and of course you can fit shamrock designs in anywhere you like. Shamrock boxes filled with candies, shamrock candles, even small shamrock figures will add some extra luck to your St. Patrick’s Day party.

Cinco de Mayo: Cinco de Mayo is making its way north in terms of party celebrations. Americans have begun to adopt the holiday more for the flashiness of the event than anything else (It originated in Mexico as a celebration of the country’s defeat of the French in 1862). For Cinco de Mayo party favors, it’s all about adding that Latin flavor. Maracas are a great inclusion, colorfully decorated and fun to use. Try to find or make your own sombreros as candy holders.

Sports Events: Major sporting events make for a great excuse to throw a party, and the addition of party favors is a fun and often humorous way to liven up the room. Super Bowl party-throwers should look into mini-helmets and footballs as a fun way to liven up the conversation. The World Series offers similar party favor accessories, look into mini team mugs and, of course, baseballs are cheaper by the dozen. The ubiquitous bobbleheads are also widely available and not too expensive, they can make for a great conversation piece and fun party favors.

Whatever the occasion, even if they are not considered to be national holidays yet, throwing a party is a great way to let off some steam and relax with your friends. Party favors always liven up an event and give people something to remember the party by.

Inviting Your Guests to Your Thanksgiving Party

Inviting Your Guests to Your Thanksgiving Party

Around the holidays, a large number of individuals make the decision to host a holiday party. Are you looking to be one of those individuals? If so, there is a good chance that you may be interested in planning a Thanksgiving party. If you want to plan a Thanksgiving party, have you started planning yet? If not, it may be time to get started. You will find that the sooner you get your party planning started, the sooner you can start to invite your guest.

Speaking of your Thanksgiving party guests, have you decided on a way to invite them yet? When it comes to inviting your party guests, you will find that you have a number of different options. In fact, you have so many options that you may be wondering which invite method you should use. When it comes to inviting guests to your Thanksgiving party, while you might not necessarily think so, how choose to invite your guest may reflect on yourself, as well as your party. Perhaps, the best way to decide is to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each.

When it comes to inviting guests to any party, including a Thanksgiving party, many party hosts use official invitations. When it comes to sending out formal invitations, you can either make your own, often right on your computer, or you can buy a package of invitations from your local party supply store or department store. Formal invitations are a great way to keep track of your invites and they are, almost always, preferred by guests. It is hard to explain, but there is just something about receiving a party invite in the mail. Really, the only downside to formal Thanksgiving party invitations is that they cost money; however, you can purchase low-cost invitations or, as previously mentioned, make your own.

As previously mentioned, many party guests enjoy receiving invitations in the mail. If you would like to send a personal invite, but you do not want to spend the money on invitations or make your own, you can send quick note. Simply by writing down the date, time, and location of your Thanksgiving party is a great way to send an invite to one or all of your party guests. Although invitation may be nice, sending a personal, handwritten note is a cheap way to send a personal invite. It may also be a good idea to send a quick message along with that note. Simply asking a friend or relative how their life is going is a great way to turn a simple handwritten invitation into so much more.

As much as guests like getting something in the mail, you might not have the time or the money to do so. Luckily, you still have a number of different options. If you wish, you could call each of your party guests and personally invite them to your party. What is nice about this method of inviting your guests is that it is extremely personal, even more personally than sending something in the mail. The only downside, to inviting your Thanksgiving party guests with a phone call, is that it may be time consuming.

If you are looking for an easy, convenient, and free way to invite all of your guests to your Thanksgiving party, you may want to give email some thought. If you know the email address of all of your party guests, you could easily send one large email to everyone. You will want to be sure and include everything that a regular invitation would include, such as the date, time, and location of your party. In addition to a traditional email, you may also be able to find free, online invitations. These invitations would be a great personal touch to your email party invitations.

Honestly, it doesn’t really matter how you invite your guests, as long as you do extend them an invitation. Your Thanksgiving party would be nothing without your guests, so make sure you get those invitations out, particularly in advance.

The Perfect Teen Party

The Perfect Teen Party

What is the difference between a teen party and a really great teen party? It probably is not something major, unless of course you have forgotten entirely to provide food! The secret to making any teen party perfect is in a few small details that most people do not consider.

First, as the name suggests, a teen party is for teens. It is surprising how many teen parties turn sour because they are not suitable for teens at all. Consider the teens that you are throwing a party for. Think about their personalities and the things they like to do. Chances are that a teen party will be better if you plan a party that teens will be excited to come to. Do not host a teen party planning to show multiple movies to teens that are too active to sit still for an hour. Plan a teen party filled with fun and unique activities that will offer a variety of options but keep everyone happily busy.

Second, no teen party will be memorable without the perfect menu. Everyone knows that teens love to eat, so there is no way to throw a perfect teen party without taking food into serious consideration. Depending on what time your party is going to take place you may or may not have to provide an entire meal to your guests. Perhaps snack foods and finger foods will do the trick. Whatever kinds of food you decide on, be sure that you offer a variety to choose from. Some teens will prefer pepperoni pizza while others would never dream of eating a slice. Have healthy and not-so-healthy options and you will probably be safe. Try to come up with creative food options and you will really have a teen party to talk about. Make icy fruit drinks in a blender and the teens will love feeling a little more grown up.

A third important thing to remember when preparing a teen party is location. Since most teen parties are held in homes it could be fun to plan your teen party at a local park. Teens will enjoy the change and will probably love being outside. If you decide on an outdoor party you will be able to come up with suitable activities quickly and you will even be able to consider outdoor food as well. You can also choose to hold a great teen party at a special location to the teens like a local coffee shop or skate rink.

Remember that any teen party can be special when you keep it focused on teens, filled with food and in a special location. Enjoy planning!

Party Planning Tips for a Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party

Party Planning Tips for a Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party

If you have a daughter who is turning sixteen soon, then you know the importance of having a sweet sixteen party for her. Contrary to what she might be seeing on MTV, sweet sixteen parties shouldn’t look like a wedding; it should be a party simply to celebrate her sixteenth birthday and in some states her ability to get a driver’s license.

The sweet sixteen party which you and your daughter plan should start with picking a theme for the party, if you will have one. The theme you choose may dictate where you will hold the party. If your daughter wants a bowling party, for instance, then the party would have to be held at the local bowling alley. Some girls with summer birthdays will want their party to be on the beach or at a local pool. And, other girls want their theme to be elegant and more adult. For this last type of party you might want to have it at a restaurant or at your home.

Once you have a theme and a location, then it is time for you to come up with a date for the party. Saturday or Saturday evening is generally the best times to host a party because people will be off of work and ready to do something fun for the day or evening. The time of day for your party will largely be dictated by the theme of the party you are having and its location.

Once you have a theme, location, and date for the party, then it is time to start looking for just the right initiations to fit the event. You have the choice of writing in your own store-bought invitations, printing your own on your home computer, or having invitations printed. Here again, it depends largely on the theme of your party and what you have available to you in your area and online. However, you might be pleasantly surprised at the low cost of quality professional printing these days and may want to opt to have the invitations printed.

Once you have your invitations addressed they should be mailed about four weeks before the party. Your goal is to give people the opportunity to attend, but not let them know so far in advance that they forget to come to the party. Generally, about four weeks is the standard as long as you are not having too lavish of an event. If there will be over a hundred people in attendance, then you might want to send out your initiations earlier, but never more than eight weeks prior to the party date.

Once your invitations are sent out then it is time to work on the menu and decoration needs for the party. If you will be having an informal, family type gathering, then informal foods work very well; however, if your event is more formal or there will be a lot of people in attendance, you need to look at what foods will be appropriate.
For decorations, simple elegance works very well to help to keep prices down but things appearing to be elegant. Some store-bought flowers placed in strategic places can do wonders for a room!

Planning a sweet sixteen party doesn’t need to be complicated or stressful. The most important part is to plan a party everyone can enjoy and remember – especially the guest of honor.

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