10 Simple Steps to Prepare for Your Party

I was so excited when Jennifer Tankersley of List Mama Blog agreed to share one of her oh-so-organized lists with Throughfully Simple readers! Anyone who knows me (just ask my Host… aka Husband) will tell you that I make lists for just about everything. The difference between my lists and Jennifer’s..well hers you can understand and they are fun to read! Here is one of my favorites that you can use time and time again.

List of Steps to a Fun Night of Entertaining Friends

{via Jennifer at List Mama Blog}

I love the idea of having friends over. I like the planning and the scrambling. I think for me it is a bit like running a race – kind of painful preparing, but always worth it! It is easy to get overwhelmed with what may seem like a lot of details in the planning. If you break the planning and preparation up into smaller parts, then you will see that entertaining friends in your home on a Saturday night can truly be an enjoyable experience for the whole family. Here are some of the steps to entertaining in your home.

  1. Decide on the menu. This will indicate how formal the evening should be.
  2. Create the guest list. Will it be an intimate gathering or more of a party?
  3. Decide on a date and time.
  4. Invite your guests. The final number will help you know how much food you’ll need to prepare.
  5. Create a shopping list. Don’t forget the beverages, napkins, and even candles.
  6. Make your cleaning list. I love having people over because it is the only time I am truly motivated to deep clean my house. Look at it as an opportunity!
  7. Plan some entertainment. Browse through your favorite tunes to find some appropriate music. Rent a movie for the kids. Dust off a game or two.
  8. Make ahead anything that can be made ahead: dessert, cut vegetables, casserole or soup.
  9. Create a timeline so that you are not preparing up to the minute your guests arrive.
  10. Enjoy! This is supposed to be fun, remember? Relax and enjoy old or new friends.

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Tell me, wouldn’t this list be super helpful? Well, go ahead print it out and use it :).

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