Organizing a fancy party is beyond the scope of the article on this site, because the key to a good party is often a combination of careful planning and a lucky set of circumstances that cannot be influenced: good weather, good mood of the guests, and good interaction between all the participants. This article will make it easier for you to make sure everything works out well.
Pick a time, date and location.
Start planning your event at least three months in advance, so that you have enough time to compile a guest list and send out invitations. Notify your guests about the date of the event six weeks before the party. Send out formal invitations (by mail or e-mail) at least two weeks in advance. This gives your guests plenty of time to prepare for the main party of the year. Keep the following in mind:
It's important to choose a date on which nothing else is scheduled. If there's a big event coming up on the day you like, or if your friends always meet up for a glass of wine on Wednesdays, don't throw a party on that day. After all, you want people to come, don't you? Before you approve the date, make sure there are no sports, town, church or other important events on that day. You don't want to have a party downtown at 6 p.m. if there's a major sporting event in town at 7 o'clock. Consider traffic, travel time, parking, and other factors that can reduce the potential number of guests. Does the date or time overlap with anything else? Will there be enough parking near the party venue and will it be free? Will it take too long for guests to get to the venue?
You don't have to hold the event late at night. Consider a brunch. Everyone would love to have pancakes and cocktails on a weekend lunch.
It's easiest to throw the party at home, though you can choose another venue (café, bar, restaurant). You can also rent a venue (a club, park area, historic site, sports facility, spa, and so on).
Make a guest list.
Usually 20-25% of the invitees come. The more guests, the more the merrier. However, a large party needs more space, so think about what kind of room will work for you and how many people you need to feed. If you want 200 people to come to your party, send out 800 invitations ahead of time.
Remember that people are always late, and sometimes they don't come at all. If guests come with friends, things can get out of hand quickly. Specify on the invitation whether guests are allowed to bring anyone else.
Choose a theme.
Avoid an 80's style party or a high school party, because those themes are already boring for everyone. How about a certain cartoon? Or a theme related to your favorite TV series or movie? You can tie the party theme to a place, a certain food (like making huge sandwiches like in cartoons), a concept or a season.
The theme can be as simple as color. This will make it easier for you to decorate the room and choose your food and drinks. Ask guests to dress in that color and have a costume contest!
You can throw a party for any occasion - like a wine or beer tasting. What's more, have a noodle tasting! A holiday, a historical event (like the launch of the first artificial satellite), a murder mystery game, or even superheroes can be an occasion. If you choose superheroes, imagine everyone entering the room in costume to their musical theme.