*Disclaimer: This post written in collaboration with the Ultimate Events. The below opinions are still my own and not influenced by this in any way.
I turned 30 last year. I did so with minimal fuss because 2016 was a bit of a rubbish year all round to be honest but looking back I do kinda wish I’d done something a bit more extravagant! It’s really got me thinking about doing something a bit bigger scale this year for my 31st in May. You might remember way back when I first moved to London I did a course in Events Management so I know a thing or two about planning a party. It all boils down to setting expectations and being prepared! Here are 5 steps to planning that perfect party:
Set the date
First things first you need to decide when you’re having the party. Weekends tend to work best for most people as the majority have regular 9am-5pm jobs but maybe your birthday is on a Tuesday and you want to celebrate on the day itself. Either way it’s important to pick your date as early as possible so you have plenty of time to plan. It will also determine whether you’ll be looking at indoor or outside venues.
Invite some guests
It wouldn’t be a party without other people so make sure you send out invitations at least a couple of weeks in advance. As a rule of thumb, you should invite around 20% more people than you think you want to be there as studies show that only 70-80% of people actually attend on the day. If you’re prepared for this, you’ll be less disappointed when you have the inevitable drop-outs on the day!
Pick a venue
Once you have a better idea of numbers you can decide upon a venue. There are so many cool and quirky places to choose from in London you might be overwhelmed but Ultimate Experience have a great range of Summer party venues in London on offer including the beautiful Artillery Garden at The HAC and the Pavilion at the Tower of London where I had a Christmas party a couple of years ago.
It’s very important to keep on top of what you’ve already done with what you still need to do. You can split this up into smaller lists such as decorations, food and drink as well as a general to do for everything else. It also helps to set a budget for each area so that costs don’t get out of hand.
Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if things are getting a bit overwhelming, it’s stressful business. This is why people hire party planners to do it for them! If it’s a smaller do you can always ask friends and family to help you out but if you’re looking at something on a bigger scale Ultimate Events also offer assistance with everything from finding caterers and entertainers to coming up with a complete theme for your party to make it exactly how you want it.