Life is filled with many unexpected events, including having to host parties at the very last minute. It could be for various reasons, such as changes in venues, or maybe, just maybe, you put off your party preparation plans when you had a lot of time. Nonetheless, pulling off a last-minute party isn’t impossible. It might be stressful, but with these tips, you should be able to successfully plan a party and even get the time to enjoy yourself. These tips will also help you get a better grip on any emergencies that might arise during the party.
1. Use easy decorations.
When it comes to throwing a last-minute party, the decorations can often be the last thing on your mind. However, they can truly transform the atmosphere and make your guests feel special. Inflatables or balloons are one quick and easy way to decorate for a party. Blow-up custom inflatables are relatively easy to set up and take down, making them an ideal option when you are short of time. Only keep in mind to order them beforehand to just get them blown and installed quickly on your party day.
Another quick option is string lights to add a cozy and festive feel. Hang them around the room or on a table for an instant party vibe. To tie everything together, use tablecloths, paper plates, and napkins that match the party theme.
2. Handle invitations quickly.
Whether you have a week or a few days to plan an emergency party, you must inform the people you intend to invite. Fortunately, it’s much easier to reach many people at once. Email and social media have become more acceptable platforms for sending invitations to guests. Not only will it help you pass on information about your party quickly, but it also has a faster turnaround time for invitees to RSVP.
It’s much easier to send mass messages if all your guests are on a single platform. However, if others aren’t active social media or email users, you might have to pick up the phone and give them a quick call to find out if they can make it to your party. You might not have time to design and send out invitations. The good news is that tons of online templates require quick and easy editing.
3. Keep a simple food and drink menu.
One of the best ways to have food at your last-minute party is having a potluck, where every guest brings something to share. However, if you want to be the only one providing food, you must keep your menu as simple as possible. You can even choose to order and have food delivered to you and your guests.
The same tip goes for your drinks as well. You can purchase craft cocktails, instead of building a cocktail bar from scratch. These on-the-go cocktails help to reduce the time spent making drink mixes. And this helps you to focus on other aspects of your party. You can add additional ingredients such as mint, berries, and citrus slices.
4. Rely on music playlists.
Every party needs music. It doesn’t have to be outrageously loud, but loud enough to set the tone and mood of the party. If you’re already operating on a limited budget to hire a DJ or don’t have the best skills in music selection, it would be best to download a couple of playlists. Or you can ask a friend to share a party playlist that will keep the event lively. When choosing the music, ensure that it fits the theme of your party and your guests. You can also rent a speaker or borrow one from a friend or relative. Ensure that it is one that you can easily connect to your phone or laptop.
Planning parties at the last minute can be stressful but not impossible. With these tips, you will have much better control over the crucial aspect of party planning, and you can relax and have a good time