First off, you should know that Jill is a very spontaneous person; \"plan\" just isn\'t a word that has ever entered her vocabulary. She has sisters that are much more suited to planning this type of a party, but it really doesn\'t matter. No matter how unorganized you think you are, planning a successful party is as easy as creating a party planning checklist. I took all of the Post_Its, and with Jill\'s help, we organized them into a puzzle of sorts. This puzzle was the start of her checklist. I could see that she had written down names of places, dates and times, menu ideas, theme ideas, and people\'s names. Everything we need for a good checklist seemed to be on the notes.
Create a checklist right now. Write down all of the things you think you need to do between now and the day of the big event. Of course, not all parties need a comprehensive list with timing deadlines. For example, if you were throwing an impromptu get_together with your friends, and you were doing a Mexican_themed party, with Mexican food and margaritas, you would want to make a list of everything you needed from the store. Granted, this is an oversimplification of what goes into planning a party, but you get the idea. The list will help you to remember everything you need for your party to be a success. When creating a party planning checklist for a really important event, like someone\'s 50th wedding anniversary or a retirement party, there are two extremely important items you need to have on that checklist before anything else: the budget and the guest list.