Make list of people to invite.
Mark the date on your calendar.
Send invitations (by mail, e-mail, or phone).
Plan the menu, including the beverages.
Make shopping list (food, paper goods, decorations).
Plan cooking schedule: Determine what can be made ahead and frozen, day before, and that day, and what you are buying already prepared.
Make list of equipment needed (rental chairs and table).
Plan the layout of the rooms. (Make sure all the food tables are not right on top of each other to ensure smooth flow for people to mingle.)
Buy or make a centerpiece or other decorations.
Check your stock of cleaning supplies for before and after the party.
Make sure you have all the platters and serving pieces you\'ll need.
Coat rack (hangers or a separate room to put coats)
A place to put boots or umbrellas
Ice, ice bucket, ice tongs, or scoop
Cocktail napkins (2 per person)
Extra toilet paper
Plates (appetizer, salad, dinner, dessert) - you can order deli trays for your party!
Glasses (water, wine, mixed drink, beer, soda, coffee); some beverages can use the same type of glass
Silverware (Think through each course; a fresh spoon or stirrer is necessary for coffee.)
If grilling, check the tank, charcoal, lighter fuel, bug spray, and citronella candles
Coffee and assortment of tea bags
Cream and sugar
Salt and pepper
Wine, beer, and soda chilled
Wine and bottle opener
Bar garnishes (lime, lemon, olive)
Charged camera battery
Club soda (for any thing that may spill, a great spot remover)
Space to chill beverages. It takes beer, wine, and soda 20 minutes to chill on ice. A large tub or cooler can be used in a back room.
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