You've also forgotten to send invitations to so and so and a few others and the party is only a few days away. Suddenly you find yourself scrambling back to all the same stores trying to find the items you missed the first time around. Then out of nowhere the night of the party arrives and you realize you don't have enough food for all the invited guests. Then the worst possible thing happens, you hear a knock at the front door. It's as if a new and frightening nightmare has blossomed out of thin air. You feel the shakes coming on and your stress level is reaching new and incredible heights. I could go even further, but I think you get the idea. If only you had begun your planning by keeping track of all that you need, every purchased item and menu dishes prepared. If only you had made a party planning checklist none of the awful party mistakes listed above would have happened. Now that I've gotten the point across about how important a checklist is I will now inform you about what it needs in order to make it work.
Every party has food of some sort and that also could be a way to personalize the event or set your theme. Cultural foods according to their ethnicity or interests convey to the guest of honor that you thought about them while preparing their bash. Italian, Chinese, Mongolian, and Mexican seem to be among the favorites but don't forget that it could also be catered around food type. Finger foods, fruit, grilling, steaks, and probably our most favorite, desserts, can lead into some interesting ideas as well. Also you can gauge your theme by the entertainment you plan to provide. If you are having a clown come to entertain children you might consider a circus theme. If the atmosphere is more set for adults and you happen to enlist a hypnotist or, heaven forbid, a stripper, certainly there will be many different ideas that stem from that scenario. The main thing one needs to keep in mind when planning a party is that it will be best remembered by the amount of thought and personalizing that you put into it.