How to Plan a Last-Minute Party: 5 Tips

Most of us get so busy with work that we often don’t have the time to plan family and friends’ get-togethers. So these parties are more like reunions because we go a long time without seeing them. But let’s admit it: we all love it!

However, as much as meeting your old pals and family members is invigorating and exciting, planning and hosting an entire party is equally overwhelming. Sometimes these plans are made so spontaneously to fit into everyone’s schedules that it doesn’t leave much time for us to organize things. But, don’t worry, we have got it covered for you.

Here I have enlisted five effective tips for you to throw a last-minute party without fail. So, let’s get into it:

1. Send out online invitations

In this digital age, it’s more hassle-free, eco-friendly, and sustainable to send out online invitations, or as we call them, e-invites.

Especially in case you are throwing a last-minute party, it can help you communicate the message to the ones you wish to invite faster. And you can quickly tell them to RSVP you, whether they will make it to the party or not.

If most of these people are on Facebook, you can create an event there and get the word out. There are many pretty templates available on the internet for you to make a presentable and appealing invitation.

But, it’s also advisable for you to call up those who are not so active socially and let them know about the party.

2. Clean strategically!

When you are planning to throw a last-minute party, you may not have enough time to clean every part of your house. So instead, strategically decide where you want your guests to sit and have fun.

Clean the balconies if you feel some introverts on the list might need some quality time and fresh air. Also, clean the washrooms and buy some fragrances for a good odor. Not to mention, clean the kitchen and living room as well.

Carry a laundry bag around the house to immediately remove those items that won’t look good in the display to save time. Then, keep them where they are supposed to be after the party is over.

3. Decide on quick and cost-effective décor

For last-minute parties, don’t throw away a lot of money by buying expensive or many decoration items. You won’t have the time to do some heavy decoration.

Instead, go for minimal and subtle items to make the entire house look classy and elegant. For instance, change the cushion covers, arrange some flowers, add a few fairy lights, etc.

If you are still confused regarding what to do, you can explore a few last-minute party décor videos on YouTube and quickly do some DIY! It is not just a time-saver but also a cost-saver.

4. Create a menu

It’s the best idea to decide on the main course dishes by yourself, and ask for a helping hand or invite some close friends to help you with the appetizers and drinks.

If you plan on doing everything yourself, then go for easy yet delicious dishes like tacos, spaghetti, homemade pizza, etc.

Also, plan the menu as early as possible, as you may have to buy the ingredients to prepare it as well. And the best thing to save time on grocery shopping is to order online from stores like The Reject Shop’s Grocery Range. They offer a whole range of grocery supplies at super cost-friendly prices. 

5. Music and entertainment are a must

Playing music based on everyone’s collective choices is one of the best ways to set the mood and tone of the party. It also helps to fill in the awkward silences and not turn your party into a boring one. Of course, you can make a few playlists and let the music play on its own too.

For the entertainment of the guests, it’s always a good idea to decide on some games for everyone. It helps people connect more with each other and have fun!

Over to you…

With this article, I hope I was able to show you how simple throwing a last-minute party can be once you have a plan laid out. And as a host, don’t forget to loosen out and enjoy your party to your heart’s content!