Emily Post: The Essential Party-Prep Checklist


etiquette_aThis is a general list of party-prep essentials. You may not need each item, but use it as a guide when preparing your own party checklist.

  • Make a party budget or outline
  • Create a timeline
  • Start a master to-do list
  • Start a master supply list
  • Purchase and send invitations
  • Hire help: bartender, servers, caterer
  • Rent or purchase equipment and supplies; arrange pickup or delivery
  • Purchase liquor, wine, beer, mixers, ice, water (sparkling and still), other beverages; arrange pickup or delivery
  • Purchase paper goods
  • Purchase or make decorations
  • Send linens to dry cleaner, if necessary
  • Prepare party music
  • Prepare menu
  • Gather recipes and recalculate all amounts for the number of servings
  • Make a detailed grocery shopping list
  • Shop for all ingredients
  • Check/clean entryways
  • Clean house/ party area
  • Set up party area and decorate
  • Pick up any orders: rental items, liquor, flowers, meat or fish
  • Set up bar
  • Set table/buffet
  • Set up coat area
  • Cook/prepare dishes
  • Make a seating plan
  • Choose a party outfit and accessories

Courtesy of the Emily Post Institute. Visit www.emilypost.com for more tips and etiquette advice.

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