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Planning a Celebration Party

There are various times that call for a celebration party - for some people any notable occasion calls for a celebration and others like to simply celebrate milestone events instead. So, for example, you could throw a party to celebrate a special birthday (such as a 21st or 40th birthday) or wedding anniversary (such as a Silver or Golden anniversary).

Organising Your Celebration Party

The key thing to throwing a successful celebration party is organisation. You'll often need to start the planning for the party a few months in advance to make sure that you can book a venue and give your guests sufficient notice.

Key factors here include:

  • Booking a venue:The first thing you need to do is to decide when and where you want to have the party. You may need to work your days around venues to get an available booking unless you are having the party at home when you can pick and choose the date. So, book the venue/choose the date as early as you can.
  • Choosing the guest list: you need to put some thought into your guest list early on to decide who you'll invite to the party. You might also want to put some thought into who sits where if you are having a sit-down meal, for example.
  • Sending out invitations: You need to send out the invitations early enough to make sure that your guests are available but not so early that they then forget about the party! You can have the invitations custom made, buy ready made ones or print out your own depending on your preference and budget.
  • Other considerations: There are various other considerations to be made here as well, many of which will once again need to be booked early. For example, will there be food at the party and will you use caterers or do it yourself? Will there be entertainment at the party (i.e. a band or disco)? Will you need to decorate the venue (i.e. with a theme, balloons or flowers)? Again, if you are using outside agencies make sure to book them well in advance and to work out what you want from them early so they have as much preparation notice as possible.


Some people like to throw themed parties for special occasions. So, for example, you could have a fancy dress party or a 50th birthday party where everyone comes to the party dressed in 1950s style clothes. You could also have a general theme in terms of decoration. If you are attending a celebration party where you take along a gift then you'll make the recipient a lot happier if you spend some time thinking about the gift you buy and if you theme it to the event. There are all kinds of specialist anniversary and birthday gifts, for example, that can be personalised or themed to special occasions.


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