Types of Parties: The First Step To Planning Your Event

Are you ready to host a party, but not sure where to start? There are many types of parties and Rae Lynn has found that it is easiest to choose your party format first. 

Thinking through the style of an event you wish to plan will help make decisions about decorating, budgeting, timing, and food choices easier and better suited to the atmosphere you want to create. 

So, we have compiled a list of types of parties to get your creative juices flowing...
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Rae Lynn's Handy Dandy 2014 Party Planning Calendar

Start the new year off by choosing your events, dates and party themes for 2014! Great parties are about planning, so getting an early start ensures you don't forget a thing and find everything you need.

I've put together a list of dates to plan for (or around) to help you get started party planning for 2014.
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15 Must-Haves for Your Next Impromptu Party

Ever want to be THAT girl or guy--the one who can throw a fab little soirée at a moment's notice? Trust me, you can be. Impromptu doesn't mean no planning; it just means you're ready at a moment's notice. All you need to do is stock the cupboards, fridge and freezer, throw on a smile and look for an occasion that calls for a spontaneous party.

What occasions call for a party?
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How To Plan A Banquet: Staffing

Whether your banquet is big or small, at some point you will need the assistance of others.  
Your primary responsibilities will be to effectively recruit, motivate, organize, delegate, train, and manage your assembled staff. Your success depends entirely upon your work force of 3 types of helpers. 
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How To Plan A Banquet: Site Selection

Given that many venues are booked years in advance, the highest priority when planning a banquet should be given to selecting and reserving a site for your event. Here we will review key criteria in choosing a facility, the types of venues available, and things to look for during an in-person inspection.
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How To Plan A Banquet: The Basics & Budget

Although there are some similarities to planning a cocktail or dinner party, organizing and hosting a banquet event presents a number of unique challenges and details.  This is the first of a series of blogs on how to plan a banquet.

And like all party planning, the first step is to establish a few basic fundamentals. For banquet planning we start with:  purpose, dress, budget, number of guests, and date & time.
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Tips On Being An Exceptional Party Host

The party host assumes responsibility as the ultimate authority and decision-maker for the evening.  Wield your power to deliver an enjoyable and memorable event for each guest. 

This is a big task, but achievable by breaking it down to four segments of capability:
  1. Attitude
  2. Tasks
  3. Etiquette
  4. Interaction
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Party Lighting Ideas and Options

Party lighting is often overlooked as a powerful decorating option with the ability to create dramatic visual displays, as well as affect the mood of your guests. The right lighting will achieve practical and aesthetic effects that add another dimension to your event. Take a little extra time to plan lighting for your party with a variety of types, methods, and options to add interest, effects and ambiance for little extra cost.
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Strategies & Ideas To Make Your Party Unique

If you want everyone clamoring for an invite to one of your events, fill your party with little surprises and unexpected pleasures and you will soon gain the reputation of hosting marvelous parties. We have outlined some strategies along with a few of our favorite unique party ideas to inspire your creative juices.
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10 Secrets - How to Throw a Fabulous Party

I’m sure you’ve noticed that the most fabulous parties seem to unfold naturally and effortlessly, but the key is careful planning and preparation long before the first guest arrives. Many hosts develop this skill with years of experience, but with our top 10 secrets to fabulous parties, you can host an exceptional party next week!
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Planning A Dinner Seating Arrangement

Whether you are a group of 4 dining out or you are hosting a dinner party for 12, planning your dinner seat arrangement will enhance conversation and fun for your guests. Contrary to popular belief, the success of a dinner party is more about the guests and conversation than what you serve.
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How To Make A Party Music Playlist

Step-by-step instructions on building a party music playlist that will:
  • set the mood,
  • increase the energy level over the duration of the party,
  • take your guests on an emotional ride of rises & falls, 
  • interject humor & smiles,
  • surprise & entertain each guest on a personal level,
  • reinforce your theme.
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