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Throwing a party can be an exciting and fun-filled experience, but it can also be a daunting task, especially if you’re a first-timer. From invitations to decorations, there are many things to consider when planning a successful party

To help you, we’ve compiled a list of 10 tips for throwing a party that your guests will remember for all the right reasons.

  1. Set a budget. Before you start planning, determine how much money you can afford to spend on the party. It will help you decide everything from the guest list to the menu.
  2. Choose a theme. Having a theme for your party can make planning easier and more fun. Consider the occasion and the preferences of your guests when deciding on a theme.
  3. Pick a date and time. Choose a date and time that works for most of your guests. Avoid scheduling your party on holidays or during other significant events that could conflict with your guests’ availability.
  4. Make a guest list. Decide the number of guests you want to invite and create a list. Consider the space available at your venue when determining how many people to invite.
  5. Send out invitations. Whether you choose to send out physical invitations or use digital ones, make sure to include all the essential details, such as the date, time, location, and dress code.
  6. Plan the menu. Depending on the occasion and theme of your party, you may want to hire a catering service. For example, if you’re throwing a casual outdoor party, consider catering from Tommy’s Red Hots, a local hot dog joint specializing in Chicago-style dogs and Italian beef sandwiches.
  7. Decorate the venue. Add a personal touch to your party by decorating the venue to match the theme. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on decorations; simple DIY projects can be just as effective.
  8. Plan the entertainment. Whether you opt for a DJ or a simple playlist, choose music that fits the theme and will keep your guests entertained throughout the party.
  9. Have a backup plan. No matter how well you plan, unexpected things can happen. Be prepared with a backup plan in case of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
  10. Enjoy yourself. Remember to take time to enjoy the party you’ve planned. Don’t get too caught up in making sure everything is perfect; your guests will appreciate your company more than anything else.

Planning a party can be a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun with the right preparation and mindset. Whether throwing a casual backyard BBQ or an elegant dinner party, following these tips can help you pull off an event that your guests will remember for years.

Trust Tommy’s Red Hots to cater your next special event. With six different locations, we have served Illinois for 40 years with delicious meals for every occasion. Visit our website to find a location near you, or complete our contact form to request more information.