The guest list is a driving factor in deciding such things as the menu and style of meal you will be having. If you have more than ten people on your list, you can probably rule out a five course sit_down meal, especially if you\'re preparing the meal yourself. You have a pretty good idea how many people can fit in your house, so the guest list can also tell you if you can have the party at your house, or not. The budget and the guest list are two essential items to include on your party planning checklist. These two should be the first two items you add because they both can narrow down the focus of your party. The order of what you accomplish on your list isn\'t as important as making sure you have one. Keeping track of what you need to do versus what\'s been done already will help you plan a successful party that everyone will enjoy.
The checklist is about to be hammered with information and the reason for this is you\'re about to create your guest list. Here you should write out the invitees names, phone numbers and addresses. You will be needing this information for the invitations and it makes it much easier than trying to look through your address book and try and remember who was invited, what their numbers are and where they live. The menu should be added once you have completed the above. Now you will have a clear idea as to what you need and how much. List the items you need, then check them off the list once purchased, while also keeping track of prices. The same goes for decorations. The information listed above should help prevent problems created by trying to \'wing it\'. If not, there is plenty of available information out there, you just have to know where to look. Good luck on your up and coming party and have a great time.