Call me crazy but I really love hosting parties from a little intimate dinner to a 20-30 people baby shower. As long as I’m organised, I’m pretty good at staying stress free and pulling it off smoothly. It’s when I’m without a plan that I tend to break down in a stress heap that involves a little to much yelling and running from one end of the house to the other (along with the odd burnt item of food).
I’ve started making myself a little plan when I hold parties that includes everything I need for the event. Yes it sounds a little bit you-know-what but it’s what I need. I put in my menu, all the recipes, timings, decorations and anything else I can think of. It’s a pretty useful little document by the end of it. I thought my baby shower plan might help other people with planning similar events so (with a lot of Googling to figure out how to embed a PDF) here you go.
I’ve shared my decorations, including how I made some of them, the menu, recipes, shopping list, games and an idea of what to make when. I hope it can help you with your next event.
Some of my other tips for running a stress-free party are:
- Use foil trays for cooking. I know it’s not very environmentally friendly but if you’re friendly to the environment most of the time you can have a day off.
- Use fancy paper or plastic plates. You can get the environmentally-friendly ones if you’re concerned after my last tip.
- Keep it simple.
- Do as much as you possibly can the day before so when you wake up on the day you can have a nice leisurely breakfast and apply the finishing touches.
- Enjoy yourself!