First off, you should know that Jill is a very spontaneous person; \"plan\" just isn\'t a word that has ever entered her vocabulary. She has sisters that are much more suited to planning this type of a party, but it really doesn\'t matter. No matter how unorganized you think you are, planning a successful party is as easy as creating a party planning checklist. I took all of the Post_Its, and with Jill\'s help, we organized them into a puzzle of sorts. This puzzle was the start of her checklist. I could see that she had written down names of places, dates and times, menu ideas, theme ideas, and people\'s names. Everything we need for a good checklist seemed to be on the notes.
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.