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.
The guest list is a driving factor in deciding such things as the menu and style of meal you will be having. If you have more than ten people on your list, you can probably rule out a five course sit_down meal, especially if you\'re preparing the meal yourself. You have a pretty good idea how many people can fit in your house, so the guest list can also tell you if you can have the party at your house, or not. The budget and the guest list are two essential items to include on your party planning checklist. These two should be the first two items you add because they both can narrow down the focus of your party. The order of what you accomplish on your list isn\'t as important as making sure you have one. Keeping track of what you need to do versus what\'s been done already will help you plan a successful party that everyone will enjoy.