Happy Wednesday before Halloween! Are you hosting a Halloween party or going to one? Don’t forget to thank the host for all their hard work! And now, the final installment of the Prep School Mini-Series: How to Host an Ombre Party.
This post is a continuation of this previous post on how to get organized for your party. Between my burgeoning Etsy shop, a spunky 1-year old who doesn’t stop (maybe when she’s napping), and house-hunting before our inter-state move, I had a lot on my plate. So I relied on my organizational and event planning skills to maintain sanity. The process was quite therapeutic, to be honest. This type of planning can be applied to any busy schedule, whether it’s going to school, doing homework, sports practice, a 9-5 job – ANYTHING really!
STEP 1: Record All Scheduled Activities
These are all the demands on your time that you know you will need to work around. For me, that was my daughter’s naps (loose estimates) and her various “social engagements.”
STEP 2: Schedule Your To-Do List
I looked at my decor plan and menu and designated a day and time when I needed to take care of each task, starting with the grocery shopping on the Monday of that week. I put EVERYTHING on my schedule but you don’t have to. I always try to get as much done in advance (when possible/feasible) so that I have time at the end to “put out fires” (real or hypothetical). This is also useful when friends and family ask what they can do to assist. Look at your list, point them in the right direction, and off they go! Again, use the amount of detail that works for you.
STEP 3: Delegate
This is everything that you feel comfortable giving to someone else. Have a great-aunt who always asks how she can help? Ask her to set up the buffet. Helpful brother who doesn’t know the difference between tulle and twine? Ask him to cut out the banner. Always check in to see how they’re doing and if they need help (or to rescue their well-intentioned efforts), but this will save you time and sanity.
STEP 4: Review and Revise
Once you have everything in one place, look over your schedule. Did you leave buffer around each activity in case it took longer than expected? Did you give yourself time to take care of yourself (you know, shower, splash on some makeup?)?
And that concludes this Prep School mini-series. I hope you enjoyed reading these posts as much as I did putting them together. There’s something in it for everyone – from the crafter to the baker to the cocktail mixer. If there’s anything you’d like me to go over in greater detail, just let me know! If you missed any of it, read on for a link to each chapter.
I hope you use some of the tutorials or recipes for a future party (let me know if you do! I’d love to know how it turned out!). The cakes, cupcakes, and streamer tutorials would be great for a Halloween Party.
** Prep School Mini-Series: How to Host an Ombre Party **
Part 1: The Paper Goods and Buffet Table Accessories
Chapter 3: How to Make an Ombré-layered Cake Part 1: Baking
Chapter 4: How to Make an Ombré-layered Cake Part 1: Icing
Chapter 5: How to Make Ombré-Layered Cupcakes
Chapter 6: How to Make Champagne Sunrise Cocktails
Chapter 7: How to Make Strawberry Agua Fresca
Chapter 8: How to Make Lemon Cake Cookies
Part 3: The Décor
Part 4: The Planning (So You Can Enjoy the Party!)
Chapter 13: How to Organize the Week/Day of the Party
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