Summer Party Planning Tips!

Party season is HERE! Graduations, summer cookouts, weddings, family reunions - you name it, spring and summer are filled with celebrations. Today on the blog we are sharing our favorite tips to make your party a smashing success.

PLAN SLOWLY

Don't wait until last minute to complete all your party plans. Do all your core planning a few months early and over the course of a few days. Spend one day planning your menu and another planning decor.

GUEST LISTS & INVITES

By now, you have an idea of how large or intimate this gathering will be. When deciding who you plan to invite, create a list of everyone you are considering for the guest list. Depending on how many guests you plan to have, narrow down as needed. Next question, paper or virtual invites? If you choose the paper route, we suggest looking into Minted or Shutterfly. If virtual invites are more your thing, check out Hobnob! Be sure to send our your invites early to ensure everyone can attend.

BITES & BEVS If you decide to cook yourself, keep it simple with a charcuterie board or a meal that's easy to cook in large portions. If you don't plan on cooking, decide if you would rather hire a caterer or if you'd like your guests to each bring a dish. If you go the potluck route, have your friends list what they are bringing on Sign Up Genius! For beverages, keep it simple with one signature cocktail, beer, water & sodas.

DECORATING

Don't be afraid to turn to the handy dandy Pinterest for decor ideas. We get some of our best inspiration there! Be careful to not go overboard when planning the decor, it's easy to do! Keep it simple and try to use items from around your house to incorporate in the decor to keep costs at a minimum.

ASK FOR HELP

This is our biggest and most important tip! Do not be afraid to ask for help! When it comes to planning a party, you need it! Ask a friend to come help you decorate a couple hours early or hire someone to give the house a good deep clean so theres one less thing to worry about.

You can also ask metro's other woman® for help during any point of your party planning process! Planning, shopping, set up, serving food or drinks & clean up... We've got it all covered for you so you can enjoy your big event!

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