How to Host a Themed Party

Coming into the New Year, you’ve probably got a list of resolutions to make some significant changes in your life. If one of your resolutions includes having more fun and spending more time with friends, then this is the year to host a themed costume party. We’ve all been there – flirted with the idea of hosting an epic bash but never following through with it. After all, we know it can be a bit intimidating to plan a large, coordinated event. So many mishaps can happen along the way, not to mention where to even begin! Don’t let that hinder you from hosting a memorable celebration. Here are some easy steps to plan a successful costume party!

  1. Research. Never begin your party planning without some research. Whether you need help deciding on a theme, are looking to stay within budget or need inspiration or tips, compiling some research will help you in every step of planning. We suggest starting with tools like Pinterest to discover fun and unique ideas. Follow boards which represent the theme that you’re interested in and re-pin the ideas that you love. This is one of the best ways to compile ideas that you’d like to execute for your own party.
  2. Make a List. Keeping lists is a great way to stay on track and a full-proof way to make sure you don’t skip any of the details. Keeping everything locked in your memory can a bit overwhelming which is why a visual checklist can keep you sane and on track. If you want to plan like a pro, check out these printable party checklists to keep everything organized!
  3. Make, Borrow or Buy. One of the most difficult things to do when planning a party is staying in budget. That’s why it’s important to make a list. However, when all your ideas seem beyond your financial grasp, it’s time to see if you can make or borrow it. The easiest and most cost-efficient way to stretch your budget is by using free party printables for things like invitations and decorations. Party blogs like Catch My Party or Living Locurto are terrific resources for finding a free party printable to fit your theme. The benefit of using printables is if you need twenty invitations and sixty cupcake toppers, you can have it all for dollars and do it all with things you likely already have. Borrow big ticket items like tables and chairs or buffet servers. Buying or renting all of these will quickly shoot up your expenses so see if you can borrow these items from a friend, family member or neighbor before hitting the store. Lastly, if you absolutely need to buy it, we suggest shopping online for deals. Shopping online eliminates a lot of stress and is a good place to find bargains. Bulk together as many of the party supply items on your list into one order and use any promotional codes you can find to save time and money. Another great place to shop for cheap party supplies is at the dollar store. Places like Dollar Tree have a great selection of color coordinated party decorations like table cloths and balloons. Dress them up with free printables to tie in the theme and you’ll find that you’re able to stay on budget.
  4. Create a Calendar. Lastly, once you have all your plans in motion, set yourself deadlines to make sure you don’t procrastinate on your party planning tasks. Scrambling at the last minute usually ends up in a disaster so avoid the stress and make sure that you have ample time to complete all your pre-party tasks. This includes shopping early, making time to complete your DIY party ideas, and sending out invites. Spacing out these tasks throughout the month will make things seem less daunting leaving you to enjoy yourself come the big day.

With these party planning tips, throwing a costume themed party will be a breeze! Do you have any tips or tricks that help you plan a party? If so, share it with us in our comments section. For more costume party ideas, be sure to follow us on Pinterest. Lastly, be sure to bookmark our website for the best deals on costumes for your themed party!

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