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Party Planning Checklist 

A simple guide to a successful soiree

Allow six weeks if it is a very large function or if outside services are required. If you use an event planner/coordinator, use this schedule to check on his or her progress

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1 month before the party:

Decide on the particulars:


____Date


____Type of party


____Theme


____Venue


____Guest list


____Budget

__________________________________

3 weeks before the party:


____Choose menu


____and  frozen or stored in the refrigerator.


____Hire any needed outside services


____Inventory linens, tableware, glassware, chairs and tables, serving platters and utensils, etc., and acquire what you need


____Buy wine, beer and  liquor


____Shop for nonperishable items


____Buy decorations

__________________________________

1 week before the party:


____Firm up your RSVP list


____Prepare any food that will remain fresh


____Make a final shopping list


____Defrost frozen foods


____Clean venue if required; wash serving pieces, de-spot glasses and polish silver


____Set tables and put up decorations, special activities, etc. (day before party, if possible)

__________________________________

Day of the party


____Set up serving area


____Set out flowers


____Make sure bathrooms are clean and stocked with hand towels and toilet paper


____Finish preparing food


____About four hours before the party, start chilling sparkling and white wines.

For a more detailed checklist, click here.
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