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Tips for Preventing a Disaster When Planning a Family Party

Tips for Preventing a Disaster When Planning a Family PartyFamily Parties are unlike casual gatherings among friends. The reason being that a faux pas in this area will be the topic of discussion for years to come. That being said, tips for preventing disasters in these situations is useful knowledge.

When Planning Food Choices

Always beware of any food allergies and intolerances in your family. There is not a worse party disaster than sending a relative into anaphylactic shock.

Tips for Dinnertime Parties

If your party is planned at dinner time, use warm foods that are easy to prepare ahead of time. Soups are a good hot meal that can be simmering as the host does last minute cleaning and decorating. A good soup is not hard to create. All you need is: chicken, beef or vegetable stock, a corresponding meat, and a nice selection of vegetables. Simmer these ingredients for one to two hours. Soup can either be served with finger foods or a some type of bread. Bread bowls, dinner rolls and cornbread are excellent sides. Always be sure to bake or purchase more than you think you will need, to avoid running out of food if the turnout is larger than expected.

Tips for Preventing a Disaster When Planning a Family Party - anytime partiesTips for Anytime Parties

Elaborate cooking is not always important when entertaining. Foods served should be simple to prepare in large quantities. Snack platters are ideal for parties that fall in-between normal mealtimes. One option is the classic crackers, cheese and summer sausage selection. Cheese can either be in slices or a cheese ball. Another option for the snack platters is mini sandwiches. For these just use dinner rolls or croissants, lunch meat and cheese. These sandwiches are best served with chips and dip.

Tips for Preventing a Disaster When Planning a Family Party - party decorDecor Tips

Planning the decor is simple. Start with a clean open area. Set your food selection on a kitchen table or counter. Light candles that match your carpet, drapes or the season. Be sure to place your candles high enough so that they’re safe from children. On major holidays, consider using centerpieces, wreaths or paper skeletons for a nice touch. Set up a separate area for any children present. If space is limited, consider using a spare room or your garden or yard. Provide crayons, paper, small toys and an age appropriate movie.

Planning the Guest Listplanning the guest list

The issues of budget and space need to be addressed first. Invitations of the formal variety are not always necessary with family parties. Phone calls can be useful and the hostess will find out immediately which guests plan to attend. Reminder texts or calls can avoid and empty table if guests were invited a week or more before. Be careful not to invite two people who are currently not speaking to each other. Or to avoid hurt feelings, arrange seating so they will not be forced to sit next to each other. Awkward silences could result from poorly planned invites.

If Guests Offer to Bring Something

Family guests will usually offer to bring something. It is, however, tacky to ask people to bring more than one item. In order to prevent a late arrival from holding up a meal, don’t ask guests to bring anything that needs to be cooked before serving. Drinks, salads, and desserts are all acceptable requests.

Preventing the Last Minute Crisis

Last minute issues usually lie in the details. To prevent a disaster before party day, a host should always know: What type of dinnerware and utensils will be used, who is bringing what, how many adults and children will be attending, and what type of beverage each guest prefers. A sample drink spread is one type of alcohol, two types of soda, and two types of juice.

While there is no guarantee that family guests will get along, these tips should help any family party be a total success.

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How to Plan a Benefit

How to Plan a Benefit - events managementBenefits and charity events often raise much needed money and awareness for various causes and issues. Planning your own benefit can give you the opportunity to contribute to a cause or charity that you are passionate about or is close to your heart. The most common types of benefits include auctions, performances and concerts, but you can transform just about any event into a benefit to raise money for a cause. To put on a truly successful event, you will need to be outgoing, patient, motivated, organized and ready to network.

Decide on a goal

Most benefits have a financial goal, but your goal could also be other types of donations or to raise a certain level of awareness. Either way, you need to establish a clear objective for what you want to accomplish with your benefit. Explain this goal to all members of your team and anyone you recruit to help you put on the event. Use a fundraising thermometer to track the status of your goal during the benefit.

Choose the type of event you want to put on

Common benefit and fundraising events include formal dinners, auctions, concerts, performances and sports tournaments. Find out what services you have available in your community, and which type of event will draw the highest crowd for the area you live in. You can also think outside the box and organize something fun, such as a benefit bar crawl or carnival.

Recruit a committee of volunteers

You will need people to help you do everything from stuff envelopes with invitations to take tickets or donations the night of the benefit. Talk to people in your community who share a passion for your cause and enroll them in volunteering for your event. Contact any charities or organizations in your are who are working for a similar cause to see if they can spare any volunteers for your benefit. If you want to get people interested, it helps to be well informed and educated about your cause when recruiting.

How to Plan a Benefit - charity event and fundraisingSelect a venue

The type of venue you choose will set the mood for your benefit and determine the number of people you can accommodate. If the weather is nice, consider booking outside venues where you can fit more people and raise more money for your cause. Take care of logistics and detail

Take care of logistics and details

Depending on the type of event you are planning, you will need to reserve food, alcohol, entertainment and other small items such as tables, chairs, napkins and silverware. Send out invitations and prepare promotional materials, such as brochures or fact cards, to pass out the night of your event. Do not forget to think about basics, such as how you will collect donations. If you want to focus all your energies on the night benefit, it would be best if you use the services of an events management company.

Promote your event

Create an electronic invitation page for your event online and send it to your entire contact list. Create pages on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to promote your event further online. Be sure to tell everyone you know about your benefit and ask them to spread the word.

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