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.
Every party has food of some sort and that also could be a way to personalize the event or set your theme. Cultural foods according to their ethnicity or interests convey to the guest of honor that you thought about them while preparing their bash. Italian, Chinese, Mongolian, and Mexican seem to be among the favorites but don\'t forget that it could also be catered around food type. Finger foods, fruit, grilling, steaks, and probably our most favorite, desserts, can lead into some interesting ideas as well. Also you can gauge your theme by the entertainment you plan to provide. If you are having a clown come to entertain children you might consider a circus theme. If the atmosphere is more set for adults and you happen to enlist a hypnotist or, heaven forbid, a stripper, certainly there will be many different ideas that stem from that scenario. The main thing one needs to keep in mind when planning a party is that it will be best remembered by the amount of thought and personalizing that you put into it.