The right tools can make any job easier, and party planning is no exception. In this section you’ll find helpful tools such as step-by-step checklists, timelines and a budget worksheet to keep track of your costs.
Things you need to get started:
- 3-ring binder
- 2 packages of divider tabs
- pocket dividers
- plastic sleeves
Even in this digital age, I still find it easier to work with a physical binder. For those of you that can’t make a move without your iPad or tablet, there are online tools that you can use to bookmark and keep track of all your notes, quotes and favs. As much as I use the internet for research, I still like to print out info, keep track of scraps of paper and have a catch-all for my “stuff.” The binder system works really well.You want to create tabs for all the party categories when planning, such as: venue, decor, food/catering, favors/giveaways, entertainment, music, to-do lists, budget, travel, photography/video, invitations and perhaps clothing. Now, if you are planning a dinner party, you really don’t need to use this type of system. I recommend this level of organization when planning a wedding, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, sweet sixteen, graduation party, family reunion — you get the idea. The bigger the celebration and the longer you need to plan, will necessitate tracking the details in a pretty meticulous way.Back to the digital tools for a moment. If you use an iPad, iPhone or MAC computer, you probably have the built-in reminder tool. The great thing about this is that your reminders are linked to your calendar and you can create different color coded lists depending on the topic or category.