Party Time!

This year, Ben and I are hosting our first holiday party. Our first party altogether, really. This weekend a couple dozen friends will squeeze into our one bedroom apartment for snacks and spirits at our Holiday Open House.

I’d been planning in my head for weeks but finally got down to business and made my to-do list/timeline last week. I’ve seen plenty of these outlined in my favorite magazines but it’s not until you are having your own shindig that you really need to plan it all out.

Here is my (top-lined) Party Prep To-Do:

Two Weeks Before Party:

  • Determine decor and shop for items (place online orders, if necessary)
  • Finalize menu (place catering orders, if necessary)
  • Work on any DIY pieces (e.g. place cards, photo booth, decor)

One Week Before Party:

  • Purchase alcohol (or order for delivery day of party)
  • Shop for non-perishable food items
  • Read-through all recipes

Two or Three Days Before:

  • Clean party space, especially bathroom
  • Wash serving dishes, glasses, barware, etc.
  • Shop for remaining food items
  • Cook or bake any food items that can be made ahead of time

Day Before

  • Prep as much food as possible (e.g. cut crudities, prep items for other recipes)
  • Rearrange furniture, if necessary
  • Set table and bar
  • Set up decor
  • Chill beverages (white wine, champagne, beer, mixers, etc.)
  • Pick up flowers

Morning Of

  • Pick up ice
  • Tidy up, (again) especially the bathroom
  • Beginning cooking/putting together food
  • Finish setting up

A few hours before

  • Shower and start to get YOURSELF ready

(image via Hostess with the Mostess Blog)

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