Anyone who's ever tried to plan a party knows the classic fear. That you'll put huge amounts of effort into everything, the planning, the food, the decorations, and then nobody actually shows up. A lot of the time you can put this down to being a little bit paranoid because of party planning stress, but it can be a genuine fear for a lot of people. After all, what's the point in putting in all that effort if it's just going to go to waste? Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to help avoid this feeling. Here are a few simple tips for throwing a party that people are going to actually want to attend.
Give people notice
There's something fun about throwing a big party at the very last minute, getting all of your friends together unexpectedly and revelling in the spontaneity of it all. Sadly, when you're an adult with kids
, work, and responsibilities, that's not something that you're going to be in a position to do very often. Make sure that you give your party guests plenty of notice so that they can put your event in their calendar. Make sure you get an idea of who's actually coming to. Don't just rely on a Facebook event, speak to people directly to find out if they're coming. People are much likely to flake if they've confirmed their attendance face to face.Pick your date carefully
It's a good idea when trying to plan an event to think about when the largest number of people are actually going to be available. Think about when your friends and family work and figure out whether it's best to throw and weekend or weekday event. Not only that but make sure that you check if there are any big events on at the same time. The last thing you want is to put in huge amounts of effort into a part, only to have no one show up because the big game is on that day! Picking the perfect date
can make all the difference between an amazing party and a bunch of no-shows.Give them something to remember it by
This is a great option if you're setting up an event for a specific reason. For things like weddings and engagement parties then people are probably going to want something a little more than the standard party fare of paper plates and tissue napkins. Things like personalized wedding napkins
, monogrammed with the names of the bride and groom are a great option. They give your guests something to hold onto so that they can treasure the memories of an event that they were a part of. People love to feel as though they're a part of something, rather than just another guest, so this little touch can go a long way.
Of course, no matter what, you're always going to have that little doubt in the back of your mind over whether or not anyone will want to show up. However, if you plan your party properly, then you can be sure that it's the kind of event that people are definitely going to want to show up to.