Making a budget for the party is the first "to_do" item on your checklist. By making a budget first you can figure out how many people you can invite which leads into the next section of your checklist. Next are a group of tasks which focus on your guests. For example, you will need to make a list of who you would like to invite, obtain invitations and then prepare, address and mail the invitations. Make sure you create a deadline for when you need to have the invitations in the mail. Give your guest two weeks to RSVP to let you know if they will or will not be attending the party. Prepare a second checklist to keep track of the people who will be attending the party. Next on the party planning checklist is about the location where you'll be holding the party. If you have not decided where to hold the party and you are thinking of having the party somewhere other than your home, it's best to do a little research before moving forward. You'll want to add a note to your checklist to call different venues and get price quotes.
Decide how you plan to handle the menu. If you are making food on your own, the checklist should have a food and ingredients item. Think about the types of foods you want to serve and the amounts of ingredients needed. Your checklist should also contain information about the catering company, in case you plan to use the services of such. Have its name, telephone and address listed. You should also include information about the menu selected and the progress on food preparation. Location Ideas _ Some information about the venue should be included in the party planning checklist, as well. Have a checklist item included about all suitable venues, their availability and contact information.