Planning a successful corporate event,
party, family get-together, or other event, takes
planning and experience. At Judi's Bakery, we've been
helping people just like you plan and execute
successful events for decades.
Here are some tips to make your event fun, safe and
easy for you and your guests:
- Be Yourself
Work within your comfort zone. If you have
never made eclairs for 200 guests, now is not the
time to start. Keep your guestlist and activities
- Plan Ahead
As the event date approaches, keep a list
of ideas and materials that you will need. If
possible, set up a staging area where you can keep
If you're planning to send invitations to your
guests, be sure to give them at least 10 days
notice - that means sending your invitations about
15 days before the event. Be sure to give specific
details about the event - start and end time,
activities, location, special dress code, etc. - so
your guests will know what to expect and be
- Professional Cleaners
A big stress item for home parties is
pre-party cleaning. If your budget allows it, hire
someone to clean you home before the party.
- Enlist Your Friends and/or Family
Don't try to do everything yourself.
Delegate tasks like "official party photographer",
"cleanup crew", "game coordinator", etc. to friends
and family. You may want to designate someone as an
official party day "runner" - someone with a valid
driver's license that can run out and get those
last minute or overlooked emergency items.
If you're planning to use a caterer, be
sure to give them plenty of
notice. Make arrangements on where to store
catered items until they are needed. Do you have
enough refrigerator and freezer space?
Never serve just one item. Always have
multiple side dishes, finger foods and other
tidbits. The more food that can be prepared in
advance, the less stressful your event will be.
Finally, ice-cream with berries makes a great
- Serve Themselves
Let adults and teens serve themselves by
setting up an area where they can fix their own
drinks and/or plates.
- Space Planning
Wherever you're having the event - in your
home, office, or rented facility - be sure that
your guests have plenty of space. If necessary,
move furniture to open up an area, give your guests
someplace to site, eat and place their drinks.
- Small Things Make A Difference
Small details like pre-selected music,
lighting, specially folded napkins, place holders,
fun non-threatening "break the ice" games, and
unique gift bags for party guests make a
- Don't Dwell On A Failure
Don't put all of your eggs in one basket -
have alternative activities, multiple food items
and/or side dishes, and other plans if a sudden
thunderstorm occurs, a guest with an allergy can't
enjoy a food item, etc.
With enough planning and help, you can
relax and enjoy the activities.
For help with your next party or event, call Judi's Bakery Cafe & Coffee
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