Planning a party can be stressful. Making sure the venue is booked, the guests have all been invited and the food is ready to go. If you’re planning a party and you’re not sure where to start you might find the tips below helpful. Whether it’s a children’s bouncy castle party, a family BBQ or a wedding party, there are ways you can take the stress out of party planning and make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Finding the perfect venue

When considering what venue to hire the best advice is to book early! There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect venue, only for it to be booked up already. If you’re struggling for venue ideas try Venuefinder which can help you find party venues in your local area. It will tell you how far each venue is and give you information about each venue to help you decide which one is suitable. I find choosing a venue one of the hardest aspects of party planning, getting somewhere big enough and in a central location, there’s a lot to consider.

Inviting the guests

This is another thing that you should mark off your list as soon as possible. From experience people can take a while to RSVP which means getting the invites out as quickly as possible is a must. Giving people plenty of notice gives them the chance to keep the day clear to attend. Another important reason to send out invites early is so you have a rough idea of how many people are coming, this means you can order the right amount of food.

Party food

One thing that you should do before buying, making or ordering party food is to check if any of your guests have any allergies. If you’re planning on making the food, why not ask guests to each bring a dish, this is a great way of spreading not only the workload but the cost. If you’re ordering food remember to book it in plenty of time and let the caterer know about any dietary requirements.


Where entertainment is concerned the first thing to decide is if you will be providing the entertainment yourself, or if you will be hiring someone. Whether you’re catering for a kids party and choose a bouncy castle or clown, or you’re organising a 50th birthday and want a live band, the best tip is to make sure you make the booking with a reputable company. One you trust and that you can see reviews for and See if you can find reviews from past customers to get an idea of whether the company is recommended or not. There’s nothing worse than booking entertainment for you to be let down on the big day so also give the company a call a few days before to confirm everything.

A helping hand

If you have people who are able to help you, give them each a task at the party. Someone could be in charge of capturing the day on camera, someone could be in charge of serving the food and so on. Any help will mean you are free to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. Most of all don’t forget to enjoy all of your hard work too.

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