Event Planning Checklist

Here is a party-planning checklist to help you create and plan the perfect event! 

1 Month Before the Event:

  ___ Choose a theme and the type of party you would like to throw 

  ___ Set the date and time of the event

  ___ Create a budget

  ___ Pick a location

  ___ Make a guest list

  ___ Mail or e-mail invitations to your guests

 3 Weeks Before the Event:

  ___ Choose the menu; appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, desserts and beverages

  ___ Create a realistic timeline for preparing your chosen recipes

  ___ Make a list of all the ingredients you need to purchase

  ___ Prepare any items than can be frozen ahead of time (this will save you time closer       to the event)

  ___ Reserve rented items such as plates, glassware, tables, chairs, etc., and arrange for delivery on party day

 ___ Hire a bartender if desired

 2 Weeks Before the Event:

   ___ Purchase the wine, liquor and beer for your event. Arrange for delivery at your party location.

___ If you are having a potluck meal, let your guests know what to make

___ Start compiling party music, games and other entertainment

 1 Week Before the Event:

 ___ Follow up with guests who have offered to bring a covered dish

    ___ Make space in the refrigerator or freezer for ice and other groceries

 ___ Prepare recipes that keep well up to a week

 ___ Purchase all remaining non-perishables

 2 Days Before the Event:

    ___ Clean your house, if you are having the party at your home

 ___ Wash dishes and silverware to be used for the event

 ___ Defrost frozen items in the refrigerator

 1 Day Before the Event:

 ___ Purchase any perishables, such as salad, bread and seafood

 ___ Purchase and arrange flowers

 ___ Assemble any foods that can be made in advance

 ___ Decorate the location of the party to help set the tone and mood

 ___ Set up the bar

 The Day of the Party

    ___ Buy ice for the party

 ___ Chill beer, white wine and champagne

 ___ Finish preparing food


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