Smetimes when I see the TOT topics I feel as if someone was reading my mind. Just last weekend we started the process of choosing a venue for our families next big party (in May 2012). I take party planning very seriously whether it's a celebration at the house or something bigger. I can't say that I'm an expert but it's something I enjoy. Here's my list:
- Location, location, location - For me it all starts here. If it's a house party then it's easy but if not then for me it's got to be somewhere interesting. This is just me but I feel like if I'm asking people to fly and drive long distances to be with us then it needs to be something other than a generic party room.
- Food for Everyone - not just for me. We have family and friends with various food needs - kosher, vegetarian, and gluten free. I always feel like I need to accomodate them all. It shows that I care and that I really do want them there.
- Good Food - not only should there be something for everyone with restricted diets, but there should be something for most palates too. A party that only includes your favorite foods may send many people home hungry and disappointed.
- Music - This time around it'll be Stinkette's party so she'll choose the music but I'll be sure to give a little guidance so that it doesn't get too crazy.
- Space - this goes back to the location. I need to make sure that I can envision all of us comfortably in the party space. It's got to flow and feel good.
- Accessibility - for older relatives and now, for all of us with infants too.
- Parking - hiking to the party is no fun. Decent parking is a must.
- Outdoor Space - I know that this one isn't for everyone but I really can't imagine a party that doesn't include the outside in some way. It could be our deck at a house party, a terrace at DQ's Bat Mitzvah, or a little garden where guests can escape the music. I just need a little outdoor space.
- Choose the Right Time - I find that this is especially important when I plan events at work even though they're not technically parties. If you're going to all the trouble of planning the event then consult a calendar and use some common sense to choose a good time.
- Have Fun and Don't Stress Too Much - Ok, I pretty much suck at this one but a party really ought to be fun for you AND your guests. It's important to accomodate your guests but don't forget to include things that make you happy too. It's not the end of the world if it's not perfect.
Your party should be a day that makes you smile every time you think about it.