Party Planning Guide: How to Make a Guest List
Where my party people at?
Your go-to guide for deciding who to invite to your party
You want to have a party. You’ve got the perfect theme in mind and can’t wait to make it happen. Your party planning checklist is A-list organized. The kicker? Your guest list. It is the people that make a party, after all. While your college roommate is a blast and a half, she may be better suited for the opposite side of the table from your strategist from work. Check our tips below for crafting your guest list of who to invite. When considering how to throw a party at home, your party flow depends on it.
To consider for your guest list specific to a party style, see below.
Top 3 Things to Think about for your Guest List
1. Decide what vibe and style of event you want
Pick 3 adjectives - ready GO! Not a words person? It’s ok. Do any of these fit what type of party you want to host? Nighttime. Wild and crazy. Sports night. Girls brunch. Book club. Casual backyard bbq. Gossip sesh. Mommy and me playdate. Birthday party. Networking. Who knew there could be so many party vibes?
2. Choose which crowd suits that vibe best
Based on the party style you chose, think about which of your social circles suit it best. Where to start? Couples. Girls. Dude crew. Lifegiving convos. Moms and daughters. Old friends. Meet the neighbors. Mingling groups.
Think about your single friends. Think about your quieter friends. If your partner from pickleball isn’t as keen on downing the highballs as your coworkers are, think about who you can invite so pickleball Paige has an easy go-to. We’re all about having a variety of personalities to complement one another - just especially consider how your outliers will handle the night.
3. Pick the best food service that fits
Now think about which food type suits the crowd that you’re hosting. Do you want to cook or hire a service? Should it be a taco truck or gourmet pizzas? Does buffet or potluck fit this better? Knowing the way you want the event to go and the guests you’re inviting, does grazing over apps work better or do you need a heavy meat main course?
Check this out to simplify your planning: Where to Find Vendors for the Party You're Hosting
Once you’ve gotten through these three steps, your guest list may have just magically formed itself! Just another of our partytricks. Want more? Join the party.
Now, off to create your invites!
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