It’s an understatement when I say I LOVE planning parties! It is second nature to me. My planner hat goes on and mom, daughter and wife disappear. There are some that feel the task of putting an event together is so daunting and overwhelming that it seems next to impossible.
Have no fear! I can help you coordinate and execute a great event with a few tips and tricks.
WHERE DO I START???
1. So many ideas...so little time!
A helpful place to begin is to get a feel for what the theme or vision of the event will be. Talk to the guest of honor or client and find out what vibe they are hoping to achieve. It is important to bring a little bit of them into the details of the event. That emphasizes the unique elements and makes it that much more memorable.
Inspiration also abounds on social media apps like Pinterest and Instagram! I know I get lost on these apps and before I know it….it’s midnight! Be sure to keep yourself focused during this “brainstorming” process. It’s easy to get sidetracked with all the prettiness! There is also Google and just everyday life that you can draw so much from.
2. Break it down into manageable tasks
I strongly suggest you keep a checklist/to-do list that will help you keep things organized. There are a number of helpful apps that will make your life so much easier! One of our go-to platforms is Google Docs. It has a two-fold advantage – the ability to share your ideas with other potential people involved in the planning of your event as well as keeping you organized! If you’re looking for more of a comprehensive platform, you should check out EventBrite's event planning software. From e-invitations, to managing your to-do list online, your planning just became a very clear and laid out process. Other platforms that assist in the sharing of information include Facebook pages, WhatsApp and Dropbox. I use all of these and I love them! The instant nature of communication with these apps gets major points in my books!
3. Event Planning doesn't mean breaking the bank!
Once you have come up with a theme and corralled your ideas, it’s time to execute the vision! Just like the title says, event planning doesn’t mean breaking the bank. In my experience, you can achieve the look you want with a little legwork. The DIY option is always a great way to go but you have to give yourself enough time to actually DIY! It may look all pretty and perfect in the Pinterest post but you may need more time than you think to bring it to life J
Two of my favourite stores to help me with my DIY projects are definitely Michaels and Party City.
They both offer lots of coordinated looks and tonnes of inspiration! I literally get lost in there! (my husband refuses to go with me!)
When it comes down to it, you need to have a plan instead of diving in with blinders on. Things will go much smoother when you do!