So, I am assuming you did your "homework" and have chosen the party you will be hosting. You should also have your planning book (anything you can doodle in will do!).
Once you know what party you are hosting, the next step is to brainstorm a theme for your party. Not all parties have a theme? I disagree. All memorable parties have a theme of some sort- though the guests may not know exactly what it is. Great events stem from an inspiration- it may be a color palette, a character, a book, an era...the possibilities are endless!
If you still don't have any idea what type of theme you want, think of the GOH (guest of honor) for the occasion. If it's a birthday party, think of the interests of the GOH. If it's your birthday, it should be easy to think of what you like! Even if you're planning your Thanksgiving party, it's fun to have a theme in mind. It could be a certain color scheme, or a favorite thankfulness phrase.
Still stumped: Read Party Themes 101-another post on brainstorming themes. If you like that, here's Brainstorming Part 2.
Ok, now that you have your theme in mind, the fun begins! I love to do mind mapping or webbing for my brainstorming. Sometimes I just doodle all my possible ideas for a party, like this:
The idea of brainstorming your theme is to get your creative juices flowing. Remember in grade school when your teacher taught you to brainstorm and she wanted as many ideas as possible, the crazier the better? Ideas beget ideas- and that next idea may be the golden one! So go crazy on paper and brainstorm as many ideas as you can. In 15 minutes. Then put it away for another day.
So, your homework for the next 7 days is:
- Choose the date/time of your party
- Brainstorm ideas for your party with a web, a list, some doodles- whatever floats your boat!
Extra Credit: If you're type-A like me, and you want a long term vision for where this is going, go ahead and create your party planning timeline. Once you have your party date, count back 4 weeks. That's the date that goes next to "Send out invitations." Then you just fill in the rest of the timeline with dates, one week for each step. You can copy my timeline here or copy my online timeline here.
Want to start from the beginning? Here's what we've done so far: