The party planning and event planning industry is booming post recession, and for good reason. People are throwing more weddings, holiday parties, and other special occasion parties than they have in a long time. As incomes and savings accounts recover from years of struggle, party planning is again in high demand. However, if you have a little help from the experts and some determination, you can throw the perfect party yourself, with a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional. Below we have compiled some of their best professional advice.
- Your budget and guest list are going to drive the planning of the event, so settle on these as early as possible. If you are throwing a fiftieth anniversary party for your grandparents, make sure you account for their guests as well as the whole family, and select a location that makes the most sense. In particular, if you can throw an event like this in someone’s home, you can save a ton of money and use it on gifts, food, and beverages instead.
- The guest list and budget are critical to determining the location, so make sure a venue and date are sorted out just as soon as the budget is narrowed down. If you are making a private reservation at a restaurant, renting out some kind of venue, or setting up the whole event in someone’s home, you are going to need time to prepare, send invitations, and allow for guests that are potentially going to have to travel. This is a little bit less of an issue for something like a corporate holiday party because you know everyone lives in town, but you still want to get on their calendars far enough in advance to ensure good attendance.
- Food and beverages are going to eat up a good chunk of your budget, but are also the most fun to plan. Picking out a menu and bar menu can be a fun way to personalize the party to the event or the person being celebrated. If your grandparents have a favorite drink, make sure that is a featured item at their anniversary party. If you work for an alcohol distribution company, make sure you represent your own company well at the holiday party bar.
- Lastly, do not forget about the corporate event entertainment or DJ for the particular event you are planning. There is almost no event that A Music Plus cannot accommodate, so if you are looking for a smaller party, a big corporate event, or even your own wedding, call them to get a quote for various services today. They will offer you the best service and widest selection of music around. This is a critical component of keeping any party light and fun, and keeping guests entertained. Particularly at weddings, dancing and music are considered a given. Do not get too far in your planning process before you address the need for entertainment, so that you will not be over your budget by the time you get to the entertainment for the evening.