Young adult cancer or illness can’t stop your entire life. Sometimes you’ve just got to host that party or big event or open house, even if you’re not feeling 100% at your best. We’ve suggested tips on hosting a party with very little work before, but today we’re talking about even more tips!
[list_item]Make a list of everything that you’ll need.[/list_item]
From what food you’re going to prepare, to what food you need for cooking, to what rooms need to be cleaned, lists are a party planner’s best friend!
[list_item]Ask people to bring something.[/list_item]
This one is key! Pick a few things to make yourself and then delegate the rest! Have someone bring the beverages, someone else bring a dessert, someone else bring the cheese and crackers. Allowing people to help takes some stress off of your shoulders and helps your friends to feel involved in the big event.
[list_item]Prepare as much as you can ahead of time.[/list_item]
Can something you want to cook be prepared the night before? Sometimes you can make things early, pop them in the fridge, just to be put in the oven right when you need it. This helps alleviate the stress that occurs just before everyone is to arrive. Small adjustments to your menu can help make this early preparation possible. You know that one dessert that cannot be made ahead of time and only looks and tastes right about half of the time that you prepare it? Don’t make that one! 🙂
[list_item]Have a music playlist.[/list_item]
With so many different music players available now with so many ready to go playlists, this one is easy-peasy. Put on some background music to set the tone and have a good time.
[list_item]Get some glow sticks.[/list_item]
This may seem odd…but if you have anyone who likes dancing at the party or if dancing is on the agenda at all…glow sticks are amazing.
[list_item]Get yourself as ready as possible and then let yourself off the hook.[/list_item]
Honestly, as long as the party environment is mostly clean and you have some food and drinks, everything will be fine! Let yourself relax and have fun. The party doesn’t have to be perfect and neither do you!
P.S. Party theme ideas!
Knowing how to host a party when you’re already overwhelmed with life as a cancer or illness survivor is tough work. Have any other tips you’d like to share?