Things to AVOID When Throwing an Event
Let’s face it, there is nothing worse than feeling awkward at a party… except feeling awkward at your OWN party! We have all experienced the stomach-dropping dread of the ‘fun aunt’ getting a bit too drunk, the gluten-free friend not having any gluten-free options, or the political dad getting a little too political. 😬
We hate those horrible, party moments as much as you! So, to stop them from spoiling your event we are written a list of things to AVOID.
- AVOID Forgetting to List Dietary Requirements on the RSVP Card 🍴
Although your vegan friend has probably already discussed her dietary requirements with you… multiple times, it is still recommended to include a dietary requirements section on your RSVP card. It is best to assume that within your friend group at least one has a requirement that you are unaware of! By including this on your RSVP card, you are minimising the risk of a loved one having no food to eat. But what if they don’t put their dietary requirements on the card and expect you to have food for them anyway? To that, I say tough luck! You can’t cater to a dietary requirement that you don’t know about. If this does occur, recommend them ordering take-out food that does fit their requirements or eating the food available that fits their needs. 🙂
- AVOID having no Plan B for Outside Venues ☔️
We can’t control the weather! It would be devastating to completely cancel your event because of a storm. That is why we recommend having a plan B! We recently planned an 18th birthday to be on a rooftop in Redcliffe. However, that all changed due to storms. Luckily, we had a plan B and were able to move the party to an undercover patio. Although it wasn’t a dream venue for the client, it was a much better alternative to cancelling her party and losing her deposits! In the end the client loved the venue and had a wonderful night celebrating with friends. A party on a rainy day can be stressful without a plan B! 🌈
- AVOID Forgetting to List the Dress Code 👗
Every person has experienced the dread of not knowing the dress code. I recently attended a wedding where the dress code was not listed. It was highly stressful finding an outfit that would not be too formal but was not too casual. If that wasn’t enough, my partner had to bring a suit jacket just in case it was a formal event! We walked in completely blind. Unfortunately, we ended up being slightly overdressed. It was awkward for everyone 😬.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE list the dress code! If you don’t half of your guests will be wearing jeans and the other half will be wearing slacks and dresses. Both sides will be feeling incredibly awkward which will influence the party’s atmosphere.
- AVOID Having All You Can Drink Events 🥂
Having a drink is always fun. However, carrying your drunk aunt to a cab is not fun 🤢. Let your bartenders know of any drink limits you have put in place. If you don’t have a bartender, put a sign near your drink station. Although some people may avoid the sign, most of your guests should respect your wishes and abide by drinking limits. A drinking limit won’t stop the fun but will make the clean up a whole lot easier!
So there you have it! A few very important points to avoid when hosting an event. WIld Cherry Events is always available to assist you in planning your upcoming event and can make sure you avoid these an other potential problems. Give us a call anytime and we can talk to you about how we can make your next event fabulous together!