Create a checklist right now. Write down all of the things you think you need to do between now and the day of the big event. Of course, not all parties need a comprehensive list with timing deadlines. For example, if you were throwing an impromptu get_together with your friends, and you were doing a Mexican_themed party, with Mexican food and margaritas, you would want to make a list of everything you needed from the store. Granted, this is an oversimplification of what goes into planning a party, but you get the idea. The list will help you to remember everything you need for your party to be a success. When creating a party planning checklist for a really important event, like someone\'s 50th wedding anniversary or a retirement party, there are two extremely important items you need to have on that checklist before anything else: the budget and the guest list.
As a relief/substitute teacher, you see many great ideas created by teachers. Here is one such idea. Items one to nine, below, were on a poster with the title, \"Writing Checklist\" in a Year Three class classroom. What follows each item in the checklist below is what I would explain to my class about each item. (I have reorganised the original checklist into ideas I feel fit together, e.g. presentation). Have I read my writing? Does my writing have all the ideas I wanted to include? Does my writing make sense? Is the story in the right sequence? Are there any confusing words or phrases? Have I left out any words? You can leave out \'little\' words because your mind works faster than you can write. The next four deal with the presentation, particularly punctuation. Do my sentences begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop?