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.
What's the first thing on your list _ The first thing that needs to be done is choose a date for this very special occasion. If it's going to be a surprise for the mom to be you may want to consult with her significant other. He may be able to give you an idea of her schedule and when would be the best time to completely surprise her. He'll most likely want to help and may come up with a way to get her to the party. When the date is established check it off of your list.