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Party-Planning Ideas & Tips to Host a Stress-Free Party (Page 2)

Make a plan

Tip 1: Make a Plan

Make a plan. Use a blank calendar, mark the day of the party, then fill in the days before with things that need to be done, even the most mundane like cleaning the house, selecting music, grocery shopping. Decide how many people, what kind of party (sit-down, buffet) and then gather your recipes. Make a shopping list and don’t forget the nonfood items, such as napkins, paper towels, candles, etc. Here’s a quick guide to help you with your shopping and planning.

Party Math Made Simple:

  • 1 guest = 4 cocktail napkins + 1 pound of ice (for icing drinks and serving)
  • Cheat Sheet = Expect one alcoholic beverage per guest per hour.
  • 12 guests = 6 bottles of wine + 1 or 2 cases of beer + 6 liters of water (still or sparkling)

Next: Tip 2: Give Yourself Permission to Outsource »


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