Now is the time to start your party planner for next year. Party planners are extremely useful and helpful when planning your next party. First, use a 2 to 3" note-book binder to collect all your party, food and decoration ideas. This binder is going to keep you sane as you plan for your wonderful parties.
You'll need a binder, as well as section dividers that you can label, and some folders that you can slip papers into. You will also want a calendar where you have listed all the birthdays, special occasions and holidays that you might want to throw parties for.
Label the dividers with these categories:
You may decided to make subcategories that work within the main categories. For instance, you could make a subcategory of finger food, main meal and dessert recipes. Also, you could divide it up into party ideas for kids, adults, and a teen subcategory. This is your party planner you can set it up to suit your planning style.
In each of these categories and subcategories, you are going to put in any magazine article, blogs such as what you find here on Wedding and Party Network and even party ideas that you may think of. That way, you will have all your party ideas safely tucked away in your party planner. Plus, they'll be ready to pull out for your next party. This party planner can help you save money as well as time. You plan on throwing your parents a 45th wedding anniversary party in June, so you have 6-7 month to search out the best prices on entertainment, food and drinks.
Often you'll see party items go on sale. My local liquor store has a once a year store wide sale. I can save 10-20% by purchasing alcohol on this date for my upcoming parties. Maybe your local butcher shop has sales on higher priced meat on certain days. By making notes in your binder on when items might go on sale, you will save yourself money.
Most of the categories I gave you are self-explanatory, but you might be wondering about vendors. In this section, you're going to list any and all party vendors. List vendors such as limousine providers, caterers, party supply stores and entertainers. Over the years you've used several of these, so you have developed a list of all your favorites. Well, list their name and numbers here. This is also a great place to put new-found vendors. Remember how you wanted to use a Dj service that your cousin used at her wedding, but you lost the number? Your party planner will stop that from happening, because now you're organized. Everything in one place, easy to use and frustration free.
Your yearly party planner keeps everything in one place, it is easy to use and frustration free. Happy New Year and have a wonderful party planning 2011.