Thunder Road Brewhouse is a striking, large industrial indoor and outdoor space for 21st birthday venues Melbourne. Planning a party used to be so simple. When you were a teen, if your parents were away for the night or the weekend, you’d simply call up your friends and invite them over. If they weren’t doing anything they’d drop on by with a few drinks. It was instant party! Food? Well, you raided the fridge and if there weren’t any goodies you asked a friend to snag some chips or snacks on his way over or maybe you’d order in a few pizzas if you could afford it. Then the fun began.
Now that you’re an adult you realize that a bit more has to go into hosting a party. Your friends all have busy lives and maybe small children and they might not be able to show up if you call them at the last moment. They might have already made other plans a week ago. Besides, they’re no longer content with a handful of chips and a can of soda. They have expectations now. Relax. None of this need be a problem. We can provide you with all the party planning information you require.
First things first: what kind of party will you be hosting? Will it be a birthday party, a Fourth of July party, a grad party, or what? And will it be a surprise for the guest of honor? A lot depends on your answers to these questions. Next, what is the main age range of the guests? That’s also a huge factor! And how many guests will you be having over? The answers to these questions may seem simple, but a lot of practical considerations stem out of each of them.
When you invite your close friends over, you already have a good idea what they like or don’t like-but what do you do when you’re throwing a surprise party for your eighty year-old grandmother? What food do you serve? What activities do you plan for the guests? Or if you’re hosting a birthday party for four year-olds, and you’re not familiar with the likes/dislikes of that age range either, you’ll need to give some thought to games and or movies to keep them occupied.
Also, knowing ahead of time how many guests you’ll invite lets you figure out how much food to provide and how many party accessories you need to buy. And that leads to the basic question: what is your budget? Yes even for a “simple” party you should know how much money you can spend. Otherwise, costs can snowball out of control rapidly.
These days, people don’t mail out invitations much any more; you risk having your invite get lost in the daily deluge of junk mail people receive. Most people these days either pick up the phone and call their intended guests or send an e-mail. Now there is a new option called evite that combines the age-old personal touch of a handwritten invitation with modern computer graphics and cyber-speed. You simply go to evite’s website, sign up for an account (It’s free!) then design your card and send out the personalized invitation to your list of e-mail addresses. Some handy features this site has: it will track which of your guests have responded, who says that they’re coming, and lets you know the number of people who’ll be coming. It will even tell you who has received/read the invitation, even though they haven’t RSVP you yet. And of course it’ll let you know who’s not coming. It even allows guests to write a short message when they respond.
Something else you will need to decide: where will your party be held? If it’s going to be out of doors, is there enough shade in case the weather turns hot or covered areas in case it rains? Will you host the event in your home or at a rented location? This last factor may well depend on how many guests you plan to invite, hence how much room you will need. It may also depend on how much time you can invest. After all, if you have a party in your home, many hours worth of work and thought will have to go into cleaning, decorating, cooking and serving food, not to mention cleaning up when the party is over and the guests have gone. Renting a venue is more expensive, it’s true, but it cuts out a lot of work and allows you to actually relax and participate in the party-instead of running around the whole time.
Whether you cook all the food yourself or have it catered, you will still need to give thought to what kind of food you’ll serve and how much. You’ll have to decide whether this is a smorgasbord, buffet-style meal or whether the guests will sit down to eat. These are vital decisions! After all, as the host you simply must offer your guests food. When people are invited to a party they expect to eat-and eat well! People who weren’t able to attend usually ask, “How’d the party go? How was the food?” Since food will eat up most of your budget, it should also take up a good portion of your planning time and thought. This is barely touching the surface of what goes into planning a party. You won’t be a pro the right away and there’s always more you can learn but we hope that the above tips will help you get started.
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