Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Your Guide to Creating the Perfect Party Guest List


Throwing a fabulous shindig is not easy, by any means. But there are definitely some parts that are more difficult than others. When it comes to food, you just have to make your specialties. As for music, you can just turn on some Pandora. For alcohol, well, alcohol is alcohol so you really can't go wrong! But as far as the guest list, ay yi yi. Let's face it; you're a social butterfly. You know so many people of all different ages, lifestyles, and personalities. But you can't invite them all!!!! So how do you decide who to include and who to save for your next soiree. Well, with a little guidance from the book, Twentysomething Girl: 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier, I've compiled everything you need to know and ask yourself when putting together that kick ass guest list!

When deciding on a specific person, here are the 3 Key Things to Ask Yourself:

  • Have you seen this person in the past year?
  • Do they invite you to their parties?
  • Do you enjoy their company?

Answer yes to all of these questions and you're golden! Answer no to all of them and you might want to pass on this person for the time being. How about if you answer yes and no? Well then the decision is entirely up to you! Remember, always follow your gut when making such decisions!

After asking yourself those 3 definitive questions, here are some Extra Things to Consider:

  • Is there anybody that you want to reconnect with? And would this be an good opportunity to do so?
  • Do you have any additional, party agendas?
    • Introducing some single friends to one another
    • Inviting people with kids the same age as your own
    • Etc.
  • What generation(s) will your party be geared toward?
  • What party size are you aiming for?
    • Small and intimate?
    • Casually sized get together?
    • A large bash?

Now, once you've finalized your guest list, it's time to worry about invitations. How early is too early?! How late is too late?! Follows these guidelines of When to Send Invites to Guests:

  • 3 months for an event Save the Date
  • 2 weeks if the event is themed
  • 1 week if the event is formal
  • 2 days if the event is a casual get-together

Keep in mind, these tips are for parties, events and get-togethers, not weddings (well all know that's a wholeeeeeeeeee nother ball game.) So don't waste your time sweating the small stuff. Use these guidelines to help you plan out of your guest list and invite the people you WANT to be around most! Just remember, no matter who you invite (or don't invite) the party will be a blast!!! So relax and party on!!

What guidelines do you use when creating a guest list?