The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Planning A Theme Party

Last month I hosted a Life Is A Script Party; all the guests had to come dressed up as a character from a sitcom or a movie. Putting the party together did not require much of my time and I did not stress over any aspects of the planning because I followed my ultimate cheat sheet for party planning. My ultimate cheat sheet for party planning focuses on The Big Five: guests, food, decor, pictures and games.

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I dressed up as Peggy Bundy. I make a great Peggy Bundy.

1. Guests

GreenVelope is a lifesaver for party invitations. The website provides beautiful invitations for a budget friendly price. You can choose from their basic templates or use endless customization possibilities so you can create an invitation that represents the exact vision you have for your party.

Once you have finalized the invitation, you upload your guest list to GreenVelope and click “Invite.” Your guests will receive an email with the invitation and they can RSVP instantly online and even send you a message with any questions that they may have.

Marilyn and James Dean stopped by the party
Marilyn and James Dean stopped by the party

2. Food

Use a caterer if you can fit that into your party planning budget. If you don’t have room in your budget for a caterer, purchasing the food from the catering menu of a restaurants is a more affordable option. I often use the catering menu from Bravo Restaurant. For the Life Is A Script party, I had a Reto from Reto’s Kitchen come to my house and prepare all the food. It was wonderful to have Reto take care of everything for me so I had time to enjoy my guests. The food he prepared was delicious!

Elizabeth was dressed up as the Nanny. She did a great impersonation
Elizabeth was dressed up as the Nanny. She did a great impersonation

3. Decor

I am not fond of spending a lot of money on decor. Usually my only decor is fresh flowers in vases displayed on tables around the house. Beyond the fresh flowers, I am not willing to spend any more of my time and money because I always regard my guests and their clothes and costumes as being the decor; case in point, for my Life Is A Script party, the minimal decor was much compensated by the fact that everyone was dressed up as a character.

My husband was Don Johnson. Who knew Peggy Bundy would end up with Don Johnson?...
My husband was Don Johnson. Who knew Peggy Bundy would end up with Don Johnson?…

4. Pictures

Look at the picture bellow… I laugh whenever I see it. It is wonderful to have a photographer at the party because the pictures taken will forever remind me of the fun times I had with my friends. James Piedad with Photos by James Piedad took pictures at this party and he did an amazing job!

The photographer captured the best pictures during our games. Lisa and I were acting out Hurt...
The photographer captured the best pictures during our games. Lisa and I were acting out Hurt…

5. Games

Games are essential for having a fun party but they can require a lot of time to plan out. However, thanks to the Heads Up game planning the games for the party was a breeze. Heads Up is an reverse charades type game that you can download on your phone and it has different categories for play. Since all my guests at my party were dressed up in character, I chose the Express Yourself category; meaning the team had to act out feelings such as angry, dizzy, or hot, and one person in the team had to guess the feeling being acted out.

This is Bret's impersonation of Evil while playing Heads Up
This is Bret’s impersonation of Evil while playing Heads Up

Now that you have an understanding of the The Big Five for party planning, here’s one important piece of advice: Do Not Obsess Over Details because no one will notice the little mishaps. Parties are for relaxing and enjoying your friends and not for stressing over planning and making sure every little detail is perfection.

You are now ready to plan a fun theme party for your and your friends!

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© Isabella Adkins – 2016
Isabella

I often used to say that my life is about what I want, what I need, what makes me happy. I was proud to be self-centered. However, one of the reasons God created us is for each of us to become the best person God intended for us to be. So God changed my life in such a way to make me realize that life is about what God wants, what God needs, what makes God happy. Today I am so grateful and humbled for God’s intervention to help me gain in wisdom. Read more in the About Me page.

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