Simple Steps to Party Planning

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I received a party planning pack from Charmin to facilitate this review. All opinions remain 100% my own.

Entertaining Guests
Last month, we moved into our new house. We went from a 3 bedroom townhome, to a large 5 bedroom home that is perfect for entertaining. We used to wonder where we would put everyone if we had a family get together or had friends come over. With a larger space, I imagine that we will be entertaining a lot more. When you are entertaining guests, you definitely want to be prepared. We had a fun party with our friends for New Year’s Eve. We get together every year and it’s definitely become a tradition. Here we are with our friends this new year’s eve.

(Photo credit: Sara @ The Aqua House)



We had lots of yummy food, played games, chatted and let the kids play. It was definitely very fun! I’m no expert when it comes to entertaining, but there are certain things that are on my check list.


1. Plan ahead:  When hosting guests, planning ahead is a must. I get a head count of guests so that I know what I can plan for.


2. Buy food: Plan your meals, the food and go grocery shopping. Give yourself adequate time to prepare your meals. You can pick up things like veggies trays, packaged drinks and easy fix snacks like popcorn to cut down on the prep.




3. Purchase Other Supplies: One supply that you might not think of is toilet paper. We buy Charmin on a regular basis and have it on hand. Nobody wants to be a guest in a house where the toilet paper runs out. Charmin is now Roto-Rooter approved and safe for septic tanks. It has a new design which allows for easier breakdown.




4. Activities:  Make sure that you have activities planned for adults and kids so that everyone has enjoyable time.


After it’s all said and done, enjoy yourself and don’t stress. Happy Party Planning!


Do you have any tips for party planning?



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  1. 33

    Planning ahead is definitely a great tip!
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  2. 34

    I agree with all your tips…simple but relevant
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    Vickie Couturier says:

    I wish I had read this before I had my Christmas party

  4. 36

    I always spend so much time thinking about the food that I forget about the activities! &Congrats again on the new house!
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  5. 37

    My tip is stock up on ice. We have an ice maker but it never fails that if we forget to go get extra ice we always run out.
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  6. 38

    Relax and have fun. I always stress to much when I have people over.
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  7. 39

    Great tips! Activities for the kids is a big one when we have parties, because otherwise they would just stand around bugging us lol.
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  8. 40

    We would rather go to a party then plan it LOL hopefully my kids didn’t get that gene from us because they will need to host a party so we can come!
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  9. 41

    Nothing like a party without the Charmin! 😉

    I don’t really have any tips, but it’s always good to plan ahead. 🙂
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  10. 42

    Great tips — I’ve gotten to where I really enjoy event planning for our family and friends. It’s so much fun to have people over!
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  11. 43

    These are some great tips. I like to plan parties well in advance.
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  12. 44
    Tracie Trump says:

    I love to attend parties and this has given me some great tips on how to throw my own. I would love to throw a super bowl party and these tips will come in handy!

  13. 45

    I love throwing parties. I can’t imagine how awful I would feel if one of my guests had to holler for some tp.

  14. 46

    Wonderful tips! Thanks for sharing!
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  15. 47

    Great tips! We love to have parties throughout the year and there’s always so much to think of!
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  16. 48

    I love theme parties… but they take a lot of planning.
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  17. 49

    Put several garbage bags/liners into the trash can, that way when it’s full just remove the bag and another one is already there ready to go.
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  18. 50

    Don’t stress. That’s the best tip! But it’s often hard to follow it.
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  19. 51

    very good tips and so true and great tips! love that charmin is approved!

  20. 52

    Great tips. I think a lot of times people forget about the extra TP 🙂
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  21. 53

    I’m not a big party planner as it gets me too stressed. I’ll definitely have to keep these points in mind, especially the one to plan activities so you don’t worry that people will be bored!
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  22. 54

    After we moved into a bigger home, we definitely entertain a lot more! Love it, it’s something I always looked forward to.
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  23. 55

    Wonderful tips! I am an over-planner and tend to start the process months in advance.
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  24. 56

    I like it when everyone brings a dish, makes it easier and more fun I think.
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  25. 58

    I just allow my them to bring something if they want but I always try to provide everything just to give them a treat. I am a huge fan of buying premade veggie trays, really helps save time!!
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  26. 59

    I like letting my guests bring something if they ask. I don’t suggest it when I invite people but I certainly accept their help if they offer.
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  27. 60

    Good tips! I want to entertain more. I just feel like I’m too uptight to make people feel comfortable.
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  28. 61

    Yup, a party planning absolute must… enough Toilet Tissue
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    joanna garcia says:

    so true and great tips! love that charmin is roto rooter approved!

  30. 63

    Good tips. Another thing is to be prepared for garbage. Start with an empty can.
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  31. 64

    LOL about the TP because I had that happen to me one year at Thanksgiving we ran out in one bathroom when my Mom was in there, she still doesn’t let me forget about that!
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  32. 65

    This goes along with your planning ahead, but also prepare as much as you can ahead of time so you can enjoy your time with your guests. I am guilty of being on the go and doing a lot when we entertain.
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