Getting organised for parties is not something I have shown a massive skill for – some folk are naturally gifted and can conjur up party themes at the drop of a hat. In recent years however I have needed to step up my efforts in this area, having been involved in a few family gatherings and social, village affairs. With the local ones, there is usually a village hall involved somewhere – with plenty of scope for hanging bunting and balloons etc. That in itself eases some pressure on how to show what the function is called for!
However, although invites go out and instructions or suggestions on dress code, the actual decor is generally a strain for me to achieve. I have discovered the joy of party line agencies online who can whizz up a scheme in a trice. if I say I want a 1960s Hippy theme, my wish is literally their command!
Organising a party for any age group can be daunting if you are not the outgoing flambouyant party type yourself. When I worked in sales and marketing as the departmental secretary in a very male dominated industry, I had responsibility for organising much of the entertainment for visitors etc. I did not however have the job of organising he firm’s christmas party. That was left to a more experienced worthy. And for that I shall be eternally grateful. As we know organising one type of shin-dig is much different to the angst of getting the christmas ‘do’ perfect.
These days however, this worry and nail biting anxiety need not occur at all. There are some absolutely fabulous agencies out there online who can supply a whole party with everything you could wish for – balloons, catering, crocker, glassware and importantly, the booze. They can think of thousands of party themes and experiences. Utter perfection.
The time for all parties is now – summer is on it’s way and we can get down to the serious business of lunch parties, dinner parties, tea parties – in fact any kind of party that you can imagine is now an easy to arrange operation. At one time there would be lists of invitees to sort, working out who would be best to sit near whom and then there was the worry about whether this pal is still talking to that one etc. The food and drink side of parties is always a but prickly these days – many female pals are totally non meat eaters.
Once the difficiult bits have been sorted, it’s on to the real planning. The best way to get a party on the go is to get online and browse the party supply sites. They offer so many ideas – different themes, decorations, table layout designs.
There can be nothing quite so pleasing as knowing you have pulled off a major success with party giving. If like me, you are a bag of nerves when it comes to anything more than a round of teas and perhaps a bought in biscuit or two, then the plethora of party organising sites will be most welcome.
The days when you could send out a handful of invites via the birthday child , or a more formal ones , it was so easy to just organise a few party games, make sure you were totally familiar with the rules and after a noisy and messy tea time, the games would commence until the parents arrived to collect their party animals.
For a more formal party to celebrate adult anniversary, engaging with a site dedicated to balloons, experiences, party themes, is the best and least anxiety producing idea ever. Fantastic – success on a plate – literally !
There is certainly something positive about the arrival of the slightly warmer, sunnier and longer days. The long winter is part way through. so far there have been far less storms and massive troublesome floods that has blighted the country over the last few winters. After the christmas period, which is generally filled with a great deal of family visiting and maybe the odd party to liven up the week. . . .the new year had it’s own little celebratory nod with the usual array of new year parties to herald in the next phase of our lives.
The parties that children have these days do sound rather well planned and executed. Woe betide any mum who fails to get the latest trend booked for the early teenage youth. Then the lady of the house will need a celebration too. So bring out the fabulous party wear and lets get this party started.
The good old days of childrens’ parties is a subject that usually brings out a chorus of oohs and ahhs and of yes, we used to have this, or that. . . . Most famiies could manage to throw together a party each birthday. Mind you, it was not easy, Mum would be worrying about who should be on the invite list and icing the cake, and what games to play.
These days however thre are some amazing alternatives to these domestic nightmares. There are the usual crop of adventure experiences to be had, going to a local country park and all clmbering up to have a not entirely pain free zip wire ride or ice skating for a winter jaunt. Party wear and gift shopping sites are a fantastic development, someone else has the bright ideas, you just browse online, wonder at the amazing choice, and and then order everything you need from one secure source. Fandabidosi.
When the invites come these days, shock and some nervousness creep in – it is ages since this one attended a proper grown up party. Not the wedding or big family anniversary type. A party where grown ups gather and make small talk with a couple of folk before stepping sideways and along, to make more small talk with that odd couple from down the way, who no one else has been speaking to.
The plates of small starters have been wafting past, with a selection of mini sausage rolls, vol aux vents, cocktail sausges on sticks, with or without the rather unoriginal upturned half grapefruit. Question: how does one pick more food AND manage to grab another of those rather delicious Proseccos as they twirl and disappear out of your view?! Ah the properly organised party is a joy and there are a couple of exsquisite sites dealing with all sorts of balloons, party goods and giftware – exactly what was needed at the beginning!
Party times – birthdays for small children are not the small gatherings at home with a few well chosen buddies and the doting granny looking on. It is major business with all kinds of activities on offer and sadly for the parent who doesn’t do as much as other parents, possibilities for peer pressure at the school gate.
Christmas parties are not quite so fashionable now, but tend to merge in with family ones heralding the New Year with all the hopes and possibilities for bigger and better of everything! It is a pity really as a good family party with lots of really old fashioned party games, a sit down tea and then the visit from Father Christmas if in December, was a much yearned for treat. It would be lovely to return to the simpler type of party, with gorgeous balloons, pretty party giftware. Checking online suppliers of partyware fare can offer endless possibilities for other types of parties too.
Ah now that the summer has all but faded, those lovely holiday memories fading just as quickly – whatever happened to those carefree school holidays that you’d planned to do this and go there with the kids? Just how many times did you get down the swimming baths or out to the country park? Never mind, autumn has crept in quietly with the taster that we call Halloween that anyone with children now goes hysterical about.
There are all kinds of materials on sale to help the serious Halloweeners get into the swing. Then there is still good old Bonfire Night. Ok, so we don’t tend knock on doors begging for pennies for our home made Guy these days, but there is still Bonfire night itself to enjoy! This leads into the seriously big Christmas and New Year party season, and how best to celebrate, but to browse online at a site dedicated to all things balloon and party shaped.
The budget for party equipments does seem to expand every year. There had been a trend to move to outdoor venues for a childs party, a large amusement centre that does ready made party packages for example. Small children squeal with delight at the prospect of wandering around holding hands with a complete stranger . . . it being quite ok because they’re wearing Snow-White’s outfit! But these venue based party packages are massively expensive, getting on the lines of a mini wedding budget.
In the last couple of year however, the trend has appeared to move back to partying at home, returning to the reasuring sight of party bags, games, hats and a flotilla of cars to ferry the guests to and fro! If the truth the known, children couldn’t care less where they party, so long as the food is never ending and they can win every party game and even more importantly, there are top grade party bags at the end.