If you are thinking of having the party at a reception hall or similar rented venue, find out if they supply the food or if they require the food to be purchase from one of their preferred suppliers. Ask about the cost and menu options. After you have this information, you can decide if you want to have the party at catered at home or if you want to have the party at an outside venue. You will need to add to your checklist to get quotes from caterers. If you enjoy cooking, you might want to prepare the food at home yourself. If so, make a note on your checklist to investigate menus and food cost. Once you make a decision which option you would like, you will need to either book the venue or caterer. Make a note on your checklist to confirm the party details closer to the actual day of the party.
A party planning checklist should consist of the type of party you plan on having, it's budget, the guest list, venue, decorations, food and beverages and the time and date of your party. Start by writing yourself a header. Something like, 'Luau party planning checklist', will do just nicely. The reason it's a good idea to create a headline is it will make it more difficult to deviate from your parties theme if you keep reading it over and over. The next aspect of your checklist should definitely be your budget. Creating a budget and keeping track of all your spending is very important. Your budget will be the key reason for many of your up and coming party decisions. The checklist is a way of keeping everything in order so you don't overspend in one area and leave another area short.