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Throwing a Good Party
By Becki Davis

Knowing how to throw good parties is a hard skill to learn, but it can be very beneficial. As a child, parties are a time to be silly and have fun and are relatively easy to plan. As a teenager, parties are harder to plan and are important to popularity and social issues. As an adult, you need to know how to have nice parties for friends, family reunions, and special occasions in your family. These parties are all very different, but all have a common purpose- to make people happy and for you to be well-liked.

The first step in planning a party is deciding what kind of party it is. For example, there are pool parties, pizza parties, holiday parties, dance parties, and sleepover parties, just to name a few. Your party should have a particular theme to keep it interesting and to build ideas from. This theme will show up on the invitation and will be considered in all other steps of the way.

The next thing you need to do is make some lists. You will need a list of who to invite, a list of activities, and finally, a list of decorations and food. Be sure you think about how each addition will contribute to the party as a whole. The people you invite can be vital- don’t invite a person that you know will ruin the party or take over. Also, make sure the activities are fun and interesting for everybody and no one will be uncomfortable. Of course, make sure the decorations/food are in good taste and relate to the theme. These lists will make it much easier to organize your party.

The next step is to make and send the invitations. Make sure they are clear, concise, and that you have enough. You may wish to make them on the computer, or you can purchase pre-made ones and fill in the information. Be sure to include the date, time, place, R.S.V.P. number and any other information (such as what to bring, wear, etc.) Send out the invitations about two weeks before the party, so it is enough time for the people to schedule it in but not so much advance notice that they forget about it. Double-check all invitations for errors before sending them out (you wouldn’t want everyone showing up on the wrong day!)

Now you are almost ready to have a party. A few days before the event, you will need to do some shopping! Decorations and food are important to creating the festive mood for everyone. Make a checklist and be sure you have everything you’ll need, but don’t get things that aren’t important. You’ll just waste time and money. Also keep in mind that many foods and decorations can be made by hand. Typical decorations include balloons, crepe paper, and matching disposable plates and silverware. In most parties, music is a necessity as well. When the place is ready, you can just sit back and wait for your guests!

These steps are the only advice you’ll need to throw a great party. Just remember to be cool, calm, and have fun as well. Be prepared for emergencies, but don’t worry about them when you should be having fun. Good luck, and I hope you have a great party!

P.S. Another thing, don’t forget what you need to do to make the party complete…………invite me!!!
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