Making a budget for the party is the first \"to_do\" item on your checklist. By making a budget first you can figure out how many people you can invite which leads into the next section of your checklist. Next are a group of tasks which focus on your guests. For example, you will need to make a list of who you would like to invite, obtain invitations and then prepare, address and mail the invitations. Make sure you create a deadline for when you need to have the invitations in the mail. Give your guest two weeks to RSVP to let you know if they will or will not be attending the party. Prepare a second checklist to keep track of the people who will be attending the party. Next on the party planning checklist is about the location where you\'ll be holding the party. If you have not decided where to hold the party and you are thinking of having the party somewhere other than your home, it\'s best to do a little research before moving forward. You\'ll want to add a note to your checklist to call different venues and get price quotes.
I could see a calm enter Jill\'s eyes. The completed checklist revealed to her that she was a lot further along than she had originally thought. I printed out the party planning checklist for her (yes, I always have a portable printer with me too), got confirmation from her that she would continue using the checklist for the remainder of her planning, and sent her home knowing she\'d be fine. This example illustrates the importance of a party planning checklist. Not only does it keep you organized by telling you what you\'ve completed and what you still have to accomplish, but it also give the host piece of mind.