Some frequently asked questions.

Q. How far in advance should I send out invitations?
Q. How do I let my guests know not to bring gifts?
Q. Can I serve hot food on plastic plates?
Q. How long will helium balloons last?
Q. How many cups should I plan on for a party of 50 people?
Q. How many tables can I cover with a 100' roll of table cover?
Q. Should I purchase extra cutlery for my party?
Q. Is okay to ask people to bring something to serve?
 
Party Planning
Party Basics
Party Invitations
Party Supplies
3-4 Weeks Before The Party
2-3 Weeks Before The Party
2-3 Days Before The Party
 
 
Q. How far in advance should I send out invitations?
 
You should plan on sending your invitations at three to four weeks prior to your event. This gives your guests plenty of time to arrange their schedules, and in the case of guests arriving from out of town it gives them time to make arrangements for travel and lodgings. For guests with tight schedules or who have to travel especially far, you might consider notifying them in advance of actually sending out the invitations so that they have extra time to make necessary arrangements.
 
Q. How do I let my guests know not to bring gifts?
 
The simplest way is to just include "No gifts please" in a smaller font than the rest of your invitation. Optimal placement would be either the lower left or right hand corner. A more elegant way would be to indicate "Your presence is the only gift we desire."
 
Q. Can I serve hot food on plastic plates?
 
You can, however, it is not recommended. Plastic plates can melt if the food is too hot and you can feel the heat through the plate. We recommend a laminated Styrofoam plate or a paper plate. You can cut on a laminated Styrofoam plate also.
 
Q. How long will helium balloons last?
 
11" helium balloons will last approximately 12 hours. A substance called hi-float will allow your helium balloons to fly longer. If applied correctly, your latex balloons will fly for several days. Always remember, the atmosphere plays a large part in flying time of balloons.
 
Q. How many cups should I plan on for a party of 50 people?
 
You should plan on 3 to 4 cups per person when planning a party where beverages will be served.
 
Q. How many tables can I cover with a 100' roll of table cover?
 
A 100' roll of table cover will cover ten 9' tables with overhang, or nine 10' tables with overhang.
 
Q. Should I purchase extra cutlery for my party?
 
When planning a party, remember to plan on extra forks when serving a dessert. Guests tend to dispose of their cutlery then realize they need a fork for dessert.
 
Q. Is okay to ask people to bring something to serve?
 
It would be preferable for the invitations to say potluck (i.e. Potluck Bridal Shower for Renee). If you are having snacks you should put: "please bring a side dish or snack" at the bottom.
 
 
Party Planning
 
Are you looking to throw a party but don't know where to start? Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed by the enormous selection of decorations and themes available to you? Don't worry, by following a few simple steps and taking things one step at a time anyone can throw a successful party. Whether you are having a small family get together, a formal affair or a theme party, we can help you with all of your planning needs.
 
Party Basics
 
The first thing you need to do before doing anything else is to answer a few basic questions about the event you're planning. The way you answer these questions will help you focus on your party and get started in the right direction. Planning for a successful party doesn't just happen, you should have these questions answered at least a few weeks prior to the date the party is scheduled for.
 
1.       How formal is your party going to be? Is it a formal black-tie event, a dressy affair or a casual gathering?
 
2.       What type of theme do you want to center the party around? Hawaiian Luau, Rock & Roll, Tiki, Mardi Gras?
 
3.       How many people do you plan on inviting?
 
4.       How much money do you have budgeted for the party?
 
5.       Will you be hosting the party at your home or an outside location?
 
6.       Do you need to arrange for entertainment at the party?
 
Party Invitations
 
Once you have answered the basic questions you need to create a list of guests and purchase your invitations. It is good practice to send your invitations out three to four weeks before your party, even sooner during the holiday season. You can usually count on getting some of your invitations back as regrets.
 
Party Supplies
 
Every party requires a few basic elements regardless of the theme of the party. All of these items will work whether you are throwing a birthday party for a child or a formal dinner party for business associates. The quantity you need of each item depends on your budget and the number of guests expected.
 
Balloons - Latex and Mylar
Centerpieces
Confetti
Curling Ribbon
Drinks
Party Favors
Flowers
Food
Appetizers
Main Course
Desserts
Cake
Glassware
Invitations
Mood Lighting
Candles
Tiki Torches
Luminaries
Twinkle Lights
Mirror Ball
Music - background or dancing
Napkins
Placecards
Plates
Punch Bowl or pitchers
Serving Trays
Silverware or Plasticware
Streamers
Table Covers and Skirting
Tables and Chairs
Party Planning Timetable
 
3-4 Weeks Before The Party
 
Set your budget
Rent tables and chairs
Arrange for any special help
Make a list of your basic supplies and needs
Send out invitations
Decide on and order decorations
 
2-3 Weeks Before The Party
 
Plan Your Menu
Prepare food ahead of time, if possible and freeze.
Purchase favors and tableware
Choose music
Order any flowers
Determine your event schedule for activities (games, mingling, food)
1 Week Before The Party
 
Finalize the headcount, but be flexible that it may change
Purchase beverages
Check camera equipment and purchase film
 
2-3 Days Before The Party
 
Confirm all arrangements
Purchase any fresh food
Give helpers a specific task from your list
Arrange your serving trays and dishes
Arrange favors
Decide on what you will wear!
1 Day Before The Party
 
Decorate!
Complete food preparation and pick up ordered food items
Set tables
Make room for coats and purses
Purchase ice
The Day Of The Party
 
Put out any outdoor decorations
Set out bowls of candy and nuts
Give last-minute instructions to helpers
Set up the bar
Prepare any last-minute food
Put your camera out so you are sure to capture the memories
Start the music, light candles, set the mood
Get ready for the event – a bath, glass of wine, exercise – whatever gets you in the mood

Relax and enjoy the party!