Planning an event or thinking about planning one? We've got you! Check out our checklist to help make your event a great success.
GROCERIES – TURKEY
Salt and ground pepper
Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Canned dark cherries
Beef or chicken stock
Lemons and limes
Butter or margarine
Refrigerated pie crust
BEER AND WINE
Cooking wine or dry sherry
PAPER AND CLEANING SUPPLIES
Garbage can for recyclables
Plenty of containers for leftovers
Disposable containers for guests
Guest hand towels
Extra ice cubes
Coolers to keep beverages cold (this will save refrigerator space)
Extra tables and chairs
Camera and film
Colored pencils and crayons
Tips for Planning an Event
Planning an event can have you pulling your hair out! To try to avoid any unnecessary stress, take a look at our event planning tips.
Start planning in advance. If you plan for an event last-minute, it'll leave you rushing to get everything done. You'll end up stressed, cutting corners, and exhausted by the time the actual event comes. Give yourself adequate time to figure out how you want the event to go, who you want to come, and what supplies you'll need.
Ask everyone for an RSVP. Often, a successful event is partially reliant on you knowing how many people are coming. This is especially true if you're hiring a caterer or similar for your event. Make sure you ask for an RSVP from everyone you invite. If you haven't received an RSVP after a couple of weeks, reach out to those people and inquire about whether they're coming. If they don't respond, make sure you have the right contact information. If so, assume they aren't coming.
Set a budget. Planning an event can be expensive. It's important to take care of your wallet while planning any event. Set a budget for yourself that allows you to get everything you need, but not much more. If you find that an event is putting too much pressure on your wallet, consider asking for financial help from others or postponing the event until you have more money.
Plan a loose itinerary. If you have games or other activities planned for your event, structure them into an itinerary. Don't be too strict about it, but have a plan for what times each activity will start. Begin your itinerary with a rough estimation of when food will be served, and go from there.
If your event involves outdoor activities, have back-ups. Sometimes, the weather doesn't like to cooperate with the events we plan. If your event involves outdoor activities, have back-up activities that you and your guests can do if the weather isn't in your favor. If your entire event is outdoors, consider including a rain check date in the invitation, or an alternative location that the event will be hosted at in the event of bad weather.