If you do decide to make all the food yourself, you will need plan the menu and research food costs. These tasks will also need to be added to your checklist. Once you choose which option you would like, you will need to either book the venue or caterer. Make a special note on the checklist to confirm the party details a few days before the special event. A very important aspect of planning for the party is to make sure you have the right supplies. This includes everything from linens, to serving dishes to table and chairs. Make a list of all the party supplies you need and check to see what items you need to purchase, rental or borrow. Make sure and add this task to your checklist. Now that you know how handy party planning checklist can be, incorporate this simple tool into your next party and see how much easier planning can be.
Lastly, the checklist should be customized for your property. Just like in aviation, if you don't have a checklist for your specific property, you don't have a real checklist. Generic won't cut it. Do you have a second freezer? It should be documented. Multiple air conditioning units? Absolutely. Specialized lights, landscaping systems, plumbing systems or high_end vehicles need special checks and memory isn't what you want to rely on. If the service starts with a comprehensive checklist that is then tailored for your property, you are getting an expert. Make sure they record your special needs and add them to their list during the initial sign up interview. Checklists have saved many lives and airplanes in aviation. Applied to your snowbird home, they can do the same. But keep in mind these three key elements when you are interviewing home watch companies.