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Party Time: Plan ahead

By Kristine Archer

As you start the planning process, be clear on what you want to achieve and what you can realistically accomplish given your budget, timelines and objectives.

“You must weigh your expectations,” says Sharon Barwick, event producer for Simply Elegant Events and Catering, in Calgary, Alta. “(Figure out) what is important to you and the reason for the party before you start planning. Plan your budget and who can help from start to finish.”

Food preparation is one of the most important and time-consuming elements of party planning. As such, Korey says the more you can tackle ahead of time, the better. Of course, don’t forget to include some personal time in the mix, too.

“Plan an hour for yourself to shower, change and prepare, so you are not frantically running around cooking, lighting candles and chilling beverages while your guests are arriving,” Day adds.


This article is part 2 of 7 of Party Time!

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