Planning Your Party
Figuring out the guest list:
If your goal is a loud, crowded, mingling party, then the guest list is simple – invite everyone you can think of! Including your neighbours, so they won’t protest the noise. Find a guest who will volunteer to act as a DJ, and stock up on paper plates and other disposables to limit your cleanup.
If you prefer are more intimate gathering, such as a dinner or potluck, start by counting your sitting spaces. When you send out your invites, you can typically go 20% over your number of chairs to account for people who won’t be able to make it. Use a free service such as www.evite.com to manage your list and allow for easy RSVP-ing.
Typically guests like to bring hostess presents. You can simplify your planning and cut down on your purchases by declaring a theme to the evening such as “Bring your Favorite…” Wine / Cheese / Dessert / Dip … In addition to giving guests a great selection of item to sample, it can also provide a focus to help start conversation.
For a Lunch
For a Wine & Cheese
For a Dinner
• Allow three drinks per guest.
Breakdown by type, as suggested by www.lcbo.com
Check out their handy party calculator, to help out with your quantity and cost estimates: www.lcbo.com/learn/partycalculator.shtml
and take them shopping!
Planning Your Party - how to get started
Invitation lists and how much you need to buy