Do you remember the grade-school exercises in the five Ws? Well, to begin planning a party you must first gather answers to those basic questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. The only difference between now and the same exercise in grade-school? This is a whole bunch more fun.
With the tools
that we talked about a couple posts ago get started working on the basic questions by brainstorming about the event.
Take each of the 5 W's and How and work out the basics of the party:
Who is throwing the party? Who is the party for? Who will be contributing financially? Who will be invited?
What is the party's theme? What will be served at the party? What will the activities be during the party? What is the most important part of the party? What will you give as favors? What will make this party unique? What will the party look like?
When will the party take place (date, time)? When will the party take place in people's eating schedule (lunch, dinner, dessert)? When will you send the invitations?
Where will the party take place? Where will important party areas (bar, food, gifts) be located? Where will people park?
Why are you having the party? Why should people come to the party?
How will the people get to the party? How will you get the decorations for the party? The food? How will people RSVP?
Sometimes you can answer the party questions easily with a few words on a piece of paper. Other times you might want to draw up your ideas or find similar pictures from blogs or websites. This stage is meant for you to really dream about the event in all it's glory. Later we will have to look at the budget and try to make our ideas work in our reality-- but, this stage is for dreaming.
Below is my planning stages of a party I am throwing for my sister's personal shower next month.
(ignore the coffee stains... I spilled a little! )