How to Plan the Perfect Party

We have a large family, and mums always likes to do little birthday teas or something, when it is someone’s birthday. We help her buy the food, put up a few balloons etc but she generally organises things. However, what happens when it’s a special occasion for them or they’re busy? Therefore we decided to help everyone out by making a list of everything you need to help throw the PERFECT party…

1. Cake – This is the centre piece of any birthday. You then have the daunting decision of do you have a go and make it or do you order one? They have some lovely ones you can order and collect from Waitrose which are brilliant and delicious.

2. Candles – for the younger people I’d go 1 candle per year, for the older, not only do they not want to be reminded of age, there also may not be enough room, so use however many looks good on the cake.

3. Lighter/Matches – candles don’t look good unless they are lit!

4. Invitations – Obviously these are great for sending out for kiddies parties as parents can pop them on the notice board. However, I also think they are quite good for adults, as people can forget about a text. Or go digital and create a Facebook event for the big shindig!

5. Theme – Whether young or old, it is important to have a theme running through a party or it can look mismatched! I am a bit of a girly girl, so parties for me are generally pink and fluffy! For the kids, it could be Disney, barbie, pirates, dinosaurs and for the adults it could be a colour, television program, barbie or pirates!

6. Decorations – This can be any number of things but obviously they need to tie in with your theme. Think about balloons, bunting, banners and a sign for the door so people know where you are!

7. Location – Where are we having the party? A lot of villages have halls that you can rent cheaply for a bigger party or one where space is needed. If it’s a small affair, then move some furniture around and have it at home. Wherever you go, remember you still have to clear up no matter what! If you are having it at home and think it might get loud or late, make sure you let your neighbours know as a courtesy or if you know them invite them along! Of course… you could always just have it at Warda!

8. The Table – whether it’s a single table with a big spread, or a set of tables for sitting and eating they need to be dressed. A table cover to fit in with the theme is a must, then of course you need the plates, cups and napkins. For large numbers choose paper ones (as these can also be recycled) for smaller affairs as long as you have a dishwasher or don’t mind the washing up use your own plates and cups to save on money and just get some napkins. I also like to add some table sprinkles like glitter stars or confetti but this is optional.

9. Food and Drink – What type of party is it? A tea party? A buffet? Work out what food you need or what goes with your theme. Don’t go overboard, do what you can afford not what you think you will need as I guarantee there will be leftovers there always are. If you have the budget, order some ready prepared food in, and if not hit the supermarket and get making. Classic cheese and pineapple hedgehog is still a must for me! If it’s an adult party, decide if you are going to serve alcohol. If so get a little yourself but tell people to bring their own so you don’t foot the cost of the whole bill! Of course, we offer catering services so we can take care of that for you too!

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