Ordering food, sending invites, picking a venue...Party planning is no joke. 

But it doesn’t have to derail your life. Or leave you saying, “I’ll never do that again.” With a few shortcuts and the right people on your side, you can throw a killer party and enjoy it, too. 

We’ve worked with tons of great hosts over the years who’ve taught us a lot about smart party planning. Here are our top 4 learned-on-the-job tips for staying sane and happy as you plan your next bash.



Tip #1: Work with folks you trust

Whether a server, bartender, coordinator or caterer, it’s important to recruit professionals you like and trust.

You’ll be spending a lot of time together, so ask a few questions to determine if your personalities and work styles are a good match.

  • Are you an introverted host? Try hiring extroverts who can chat up your guests.
  • Extroverted party queen? Find help that’ll stay laser focused on the job at hand so you can feel feel free to mingle.

Tip #2: Use the home court advantage

Elaborate venues are great for gram worthy photos, but some of our favorite parties have been in regular people’s homes.

Think about it: you control every aspect of the day, which means maximum comfort for you and your guests.

Don’t feel like it’s special enough? Try these tips:

  • Balloons, blooms, streamers and other high impact, affordable decor goes a long way.
  • Pick a theme or color scheme and weave it through key areas. Think entryway, patio, dining area, restrooms.
  • Don’t be afraid to use what you’ve got and do something different. Hit up Goodwill or your craft chest and see what inspires you.

Tip #3: Simplify your sips

If hiring a bartender isn’t in your budget, keep things simple. Batching your cocktails can save time and effort. Just mix the night before and pour into a self serve jug or punch bowl the day of.

Or try pre mixed canned drinks—just crack and pour over ice. Sacramento's own Can Can Cocktails offers pre-mixed classics like white linens and gin & tonics, so you can support local and take care of drinks all in one swoop. Win, win.

Tip #5: Fast track your food

Hungry guests are a recipe for crankiness so it’s best to keep food simple and quick. Pre make or order filling sides to keep people sated while they wait for the main course.



Party planning can be tough, but you can do it. Remember that everyone is there to have fun and is rooting you on. Snafus may happen--that's just life--so encourage yourself and others to roll with the punches and enjoy. The most important thing is bringing people you love together over food, drink and fun times. Party on!