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.
A friend of mine, Jill, came to me a couple of weeks ago to ask me for help. She was in the midst of planning her parents\' 50th wedding anniversary. This is an event that should have been a joy to plan; her parents have been together for 50 years, and from what I can tell, they are still very much in love. It doesn\'t get much better than that. Anyway, Jill was in a harried state because the party was less than two weeks away and she felt like she didn\'t have a good enough handle on the party. I sat her down and asked her explain to me what she had accomplished so far. She proceeded to pull out a handful of Post_It Notes from her purse, and she dumped the wad on the table we were sitting at. \"What is this,\" I asked her. \"These notes have the stuff I\'ve been working on for the party,\" she replied. I remember looking at Jill, then looking at the pile of scrap paper that was her parents\' 50th anniversary party plan, and then shaking my head. This is an extreme case, but you\'d be surprised how unorganized people can be when it comes to preparing for important events.