Bringing It All Together
Congratulations! You’ve got your doggie party theme picked out, the perfect budget for the costumes, food and party supplies, the right time and place for the event, and finally, the entertainment agenda. Now it’s time to put it all together and figure how how to get everything done. So let’s help you organize:
Step 1: The Invitations
To let people know, you can send them an e-mail, buy invitations at a store or through a website, or even make your own. Consider a quick save-the-date e-mail before sending out the official invitations. Let people know as far in advance as you can to make sure they put the date in their calenders.
Tie in your invitation with your party theme or location. Then include what, where and when. Also note special instructions or requirements that your guests need to know about – bring a leash, BYOB, etc.
Consider adding a date by which you would like your guests to RSVP. Depending on your timing, give your guests at least two weeks to respond. Once the replies start coming in, it’s time for the step-by-step event planning – making what you imagined actually happen!
Step 2: Preplanning Time
The key to keeping control of how you are going to do everything is by planning ahead. Start by making a big list of who is coming – dogs and their people. List what food and drinks you are going to serve – for dogs and for people. What are they drinking out of and eating off of? Will forks be enough or do you need spoons for the ice cream? How many plates, cups and napkins? Are you going to do goodie bags for the guests?
Then make a list of what you are going to do at the party – activities that are going to be available for your guests, and what they require. Do you need poop bags? Balls or Frisbees? Include a list of decorations. Will you need to buy party hats and birthday treats for the birthday puppy and his pals?
Step 3: Put All Plans In Motion
Start by including a list of when things need to happen. For example, what needs to get done two weeks before the party? Can you confirm the party space? Order the cake? Buy decorations? What needs to be done two days before or the day before? What has to happen the morning of your party.
Work backwards. Writing down everything you need to do and then marking it off will help keep you on track. Your lists will become so handy that by party day, they will look like your puppy chewed them up!
The day of the party will be busy dealing with last-minute issues, but try to give you and your puppy a little down-time before it starts. Smile at how great it all looks and how fun and crazy it will be when the guests start to arrive. And keep your camera on hand at all times – this will definitely be on of those days you want to remember!