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Throwing a birthday party,
organising a wedding, putting
together a corporate event or
celebrating a success, there are
many good reasons to gather a
whole lot of people together for a special event.
But organising such a function can be a
We have all been to parties or events where
everything just seems to gel. The atmosphere is
great, the people all mix well, the food and wine
are flowing and by the time you leave, you know
you have had a really good time. By the same
token, most of us have also been to events that
just didn t hit the mark.
Whether it s a private party or a corporate
function, the success of an event will be seen as
a direct reflection on you, your family or your
company. A great party is a way to show off your
professionalism, your generosity, your personality
and your competence. Getting it right should be
a matter of pride. Think of it like this: a five-hour
party for 100 people is 500 hours of fun that you
are responsible for.
And it s not simply a matter of being prepared
to fork out a lot of money to pay for a party.
Whether a small dinner party for 10 people at
home or a major corporate function, paying a lot
will not always guarantee success.
It is the careful planning and thought that
goes into an event, rather than dollars that are
spent, that will take a party from "another night
out" to a "night to be remembered".
While we can t guarantee that a rogue uncle
with a taste for shiraz won t stand up and make
embarrassing comments about the bridesmaids at
your wedding, or that, unbeknown to you, two
people you have seated next to each other at your
business dinner will be sworn enemies, we can
help you get your party right with a few tried and
Plan ahead and plan thoroughly, include the
smallest details and plan for contingencies. Make
lists of everything and keep notes.
Send out invitations at least a month ahead
and preferably six weeks before your chosen date.
Let your neighbours know you are having a party
and that they should expect cars and noise --
better still, invite them too. Aim to be completely
ready one hour before guests arrive.
Don t forget the basics -- and make them as
words danielle benda
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