Crowdsourcing Your Party: How to Plan and Execute a Great Party on a Busy Schedule

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We are all busy. This can make party planning really difficult. Trying to figure out how to take care of all of the details and planning, while keeping up with things like work and taking care of your family, can be exhausting and complicated. Why not crowdsource some of that action to save yourself some time?

A Halloween party is a great idea (though, admittedly, since October is over, they are called “costume” parties). Having people dress up, providing plenty of candy and other goodies, some fun games like bobbing for apples (put gummy candies on strings instead of putting actual apples in water; it saves time and cleanup for you and for your guests) can be a really great time…if you have help getting things done.

The best part about costume parties is, of course, the costumes! Get creative and encourage your guests to do the same. This means really wracking your brain for good ideas. Try Renaissance costumes or a funny disco get-up. The important thing is that costume is festive in some way.

A great way to get your guests involved, save money and make sure that you have all of your bases covered is to have a candy “committee.”  You can use the Internet make sure that you get all of the major players: fun sized candy, “personalized” candy, bulk candy, etc—while also keeping track of who has already purchased what via the wish list feature.
You can also use a wish list to tell people what you will need in terms of supplies. If we’re keeping with the Halloween idea, why not hand out empty “goodie” bags for people to use to hold the pieces of candy they take from each pile or stash. They can trick or treat their way along the buffet line!

Obviously you are going to need some real foods as well so that the people who want something more “real” or who can’t eat candy won’t have to go hungry. You might also invite people to “potluck” the other foods you want to have on hand. Give everybody a theme and an approximate number of guests and then let them have fun being creative. If you want to make sure you don’t wind up with twenty platters of deviled eggs and one salad, keep track of who is bringing what in a Google Document.

This type of planning can work well with any party theme you like. A Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, 4th of July theme—all the planning can easily be crowdsourced to guests. There’s no shame in asking for help, especially if it means increasing the chances of ensuring that the party is amazing!

Content provided by Becky Wilcox

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