Monday, January 7, 2019

How To Plan A Funtastic Party!

The key to successfully throwing a well-planned party or special event has much to do with organizing, delegating and following through on action items. The more attendees involved, the more crucial good planning is. As with preparing a meal, timing is everything. That said, putting together a timeline checklist for your event will help you make sure all your work is properly coordinated.

To start, I make lists of tasks that can be done well in advance and those for the day of the party. Here is my timeline planner below. Make the needed modifications according to your menu, shopping lists, and other budgeted items.


  1. Put together your guest list and gather addresses and phone numbers
  2. Order or make invitations
  3. Plan your menu
  4. Finalize the space layout and decorations
  5. Using Shopping List #1 purchase decorations, paper goods, and other supplies, non- perishable foods and drinks
  6. Contact those who will help with the party
  7. Address and mail your invitations
  8. Write a list of your background and dance music (stick with the theme of your party). 
  9. Remember to include the song title, artist, band and year of release


  1. Confirm any friends, family, and hired service people working for the party
  2. Telephone guests who have not responded to your invitations so you can get a definite guest count for food and space requirements.
  3. Put together a music CD of background, mood or dance music
  4. Make needed preparations for out of town guests such as guest rooms, hotel reservations.
  5. Pick out what you plan to wear at the party and have it cleaned.


  1. See that table linen is clean and ready to go. Put the linens under a bright light for inspection.  
  2. Decide on tableware and serving items
  3. Wash less all serving or table items.
  4. Get locks put on your bedroom closet or lock the bedroom door itself. Don’t hesitate to secure all valuables.


  1. Clean your house if the party is at home or your plan to have out-of-town guests stop by before or after the party
  2. Make sure all appliances that you’ll be using work properly.
  3. Using Shopping List #2 shop for any last-minute food or supplies
  4. Shop for bulk items and less perishable foods
  5. Touch base with contracted services
  6. Assign specific tasks to your committee members/volunteers
  7. Make preparations for cleaning up, returning equipment, etc.
  8. Make some party foods and freeze them.


  1. Contact your decorating team
  2. Begin decorating your home or party facility
  3. There is plenty of time to get those items you may have forgotten


  1. Using Shopping List #3 shop for perishable and last minute items.
  2. Move furniture and put away delicate items that could suffer damage.
  3. Make cold desserts and dishes that can be refrigerated overnight.
  4. Set up tables


  1. Lock up all your breakable and valuable possessions
  2. Finalize the decorations and place settings
  3. Call all help together and give motivational instructions
  4. Set up an area in or near the kitchen for returning used dishes and waste
  5. Clear dishwasher for use as needed
  6. Chill all cold beverages
  7. 3-4 hours before event start cooking.


  1. Turn on relaxing upbeat music
  2. Light a candle and take a relaxing bath or hand shower. 
  3. Enjoy the moment.
  4. Put out your clothes and shoes
  5. Fill the home or facility with natural scented fragrances if desired


  1. Mix the punch and put out the punch bowl, drinking glasses and napkins
  2. Set out cheeses and non-perishable appetizers and snacks
  3. Prepare to greet your guests as each arrives
  4. Point out the areas of your home or facilities they can help themselves to such as the coat room, closets, guest room, bathroom or restroom, finished basement, etc.
  5. Serve drinks on the top of the hour that your party is scheduled to begin
  6. Once all are served drinks formally welcome all to the event highlighting the theme of your party
  7. While conversing with groups present some fun icebreakers
  8. Turn up the music a few notches and encourage mingling
  9. Check on cooked items
  10. A few minutes later invite guests to be seated in the dining area
  11. Serve dinner

After Dinner Games

"Getting To Know You" - Write a list of questions commonly asked to get to know someone. Example: Your pets name. Your favorite sports team. Your favorite drink. Your favorite dish. Best game ever. Books you love to read over and over.  Cut the list between each sentence in slips and put the slips in a box.

  1. Have each guest pull out a slip and answer the "Getting To Know You" question that reveals something special about them.
  2. "How I Met You" - Tell a short story about how you met each guest.
  3. "Something You Always Wanted To Try"- Name something you always wanted to try like hang-gliding, deep sea diving or parachuting.

Serve Dessert

  1. After serving dessert serve a warm beverage like coffee and/or tea
  2. Allow all to continue to mingle. 
  3. Now would be a good time to introduce the household pet. 
  4. Thank those who cooked and served dinner or made the dessert. 


  1. To those who are preparing to leave thank each guest for coming.
  2. Give each departing guest a token of the occasion such as a small bag of cookies or cupcake.
  3. As guests leave escort them to the door and see them off in good cheer. 

Find this list helpful? Take the next step. Read these great party planning guide titles by Mark A. Askew to plan the perfect party:
1. Fimark's Party Planner eBook and Spreadsheet Planner
2. Fimark's Family Reunion Planner eBook and Spreadsheet Planner
3. Great Family Gathering Books:

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner

Most of all, enjoy the party!

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

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Monday, December 3, 2018

2020 Family Reunion Tips and Tools

2020 is expected to be one of the biggest milestone years of the past five decades. A year for humanity. A time to stand together across all divides. A time to begin building a rock-solid foundation for a global community. For those who cherish family values, it's a time to be with family, support family and stand on the sidelines of history.

How's your family reunion planning coming? If you're a regular reader of this blog no doubt you used Fimark's Family Reunion Planner to kick-start your 2020 family reunion plans. Why Fimark's Family Reunion Planner? The Planner includes the following:

1. Step By Step Checklist with Tips and Planning Guide
2. Budget Planner
3. Travel Planner
4. Theme Planner with Itinerary and Dinner and Entertainment Programs
5. Cost Savings Tips
6. Tee Shirt Designer
7. Reception Hall Planner
8. Complete Departmental Instructions and Worksheets
9. Spreadsheet Roster and eBook
10. Event Planning Journal and Recipe Compiler

If you have your 2020 family reunion plans in place and organized, now is the time to start sending out invitations, flyers, and festive greeting cards. Where can you find printables with the family reunion theme you selected? Follow these simple steps and you'll have your correspondence ready for delivery in no time.

1. If you have Fimark's Family Reunion Social web app and want to do it all digitally look under Documents on the top menu of the web app interface.    
2. If you want to have a company print out your invitations and flyers go to Marcus Angelo Designs at*/products.  Select the Category drop-down list and choose Family Reunion Invitations/FlyersJust choose your event theme, edit the template and order. Take advantage of this season's super deep discounts on cards and flyers and save!
3. If you need to order family reunion tees, caps or aprons you'll find what you need right here.
4. Need keepsake party favors or gifts?  Marcus Angelo Designs has you covered.
5. Don't forget to take advantage of the event planning tips, tools and guides in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake Guidebook. Everything you need to plan a memorable family reunion never to be forgotten.

Now you're ready to plan a fantastic 2020 Family Reunion Event!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Inspiring Ideas For Family Reunion planning Month

The Harvest season has arrived. It's a time to survey and enjoy all your bounty
while making the most of family life. It's also
Annual Family Reunion Planning Month. 

Here are some fantastic ideas to celebrate the month of the family.

Inspired? Let's get started with these family reunion planning tools...

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Is Annual Family Reunion Planning Month

Did you know? November is Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.
What's it all about? To raise awareness of family values and bring the family closer by focusing on family activities everyone can enjoy. 

Are you ready to start planning your 2020 family reunion?
There are web apps for that. But one, in particular, gives you access to...

The most complete monthly reunion planning checklist ever written.

Vital departmental instruction sheets for each family reunion department.

5 themed family dinner entertainment and activities programs.

Way cool family reunion game just like those on TV.

Plan to travel? Get the money saving family cruise guide and trip planning checklists.

Enjoy using the Keepsake family reunion planner in PDF and Word Document format.

Write your own keepsake family journal and hold it as a valuable family reunion keepsake.

Family tree and genealogy research presentation worksheets.

Make use of the wonderful keepsake traditional family recipe compiler. A great way to preserve or start a family recipe and cooking tradition.

Get access to one of the most popular family reunion planning resources and web apps here...
Get more information about the Annual observance here...

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Family Reunion Fall Festivities

Alert! It's Autumn. Do you know where your family members are? The fall season is on. Autumn leaves are falling. The air is cooling and it's time to unpack the sweaters and jackets. One problem. Where is everybody? Sometimes during this season family members get more isolated than ever. More schoolwork, more overtime and when they all finally come home, they want more ME-time. Don't miss the best part of the fall season? Getting warm and toasty while cozying up with family over a warm pot of soup, stew, chili and good cheer.

So how do you bring the family together? First, set a family dinner date. Next, make use of an age-old method for bringing the family together no matter where they are in or outside the house. A wholesome cooking date! If you cook it, they will come! Yes, fill the home with the aroma of good wholesome cooking and warm homemade bread and top it off with warm baked dessert. The aroma of onions, tomatoes, fried potatoes, scallions, garlic, butter and seasoned meat and something sweet shouts 'come and get it!' before you can say 'dinners ready!"

But cooking doesn't have to be complicated. Easy crockpot recipes abound. Just chop it up in the morning and throw it in the pot. Before you leave for work turn it on low. By afternoon the home is toasty and filled with an inviting 'Lets Eat' aroma even the most introverted teen can't resist.

Time to take the crockpot out of the box and stock up on wholesome crockpot recipes to warm that belly and delight the palate. Start collecting family recipes for chili, sweet rolls, and hot apple cinnamon pie.

Even better why not plan a Fall Family Food Fest and make it a family reunion themed event. A good event organizer is essential so that nothing is overlooked. The Internet is teaming with event organizing checklists and templates. When putting together your menu plan make good use of a menu planner and family recipe compiler... Get great ideas here...

Find the Fall Food Fest family reunion planning theme complete with itinerary, menu planner, recipe compiler, event planning checklists, recommended activities and everything you need to plan this fantastic family festivity in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner. Download the eBook, order the Print Edition, or use the Web app. For more great info...

Another feature of the fall season is that November is Annual Family Reunion Planning Month. What plans are you making to observe this annual event? What will you do to get the word out? Get ideas here...

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Fall Fest Reunion Planning Reminders

The fall season is on it's way. Before the leaves start dropping and mom starts cooking that crockpot chili, sweet rolls, and hot apple cinnamon pie, it's time to start putting a dent in your Fall Fest reunion themed event. Get great ideas here...

And the best thing about a fall fest is the food and handmade crafts. Find the Fall Food Fest Reunion Planning Theme complete with itinerary, planning checklists, recommended activities and everything you need to plan this fantastic family festivity in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner eBook, Print Edition, and Web app. For more great info...

1. Are your t-shirts orders in? Remind those who have not ordered using the online t-shirt ordering system.
2. Have you completed your reunion keepsake booklet?
Download the booklet from Fimark's Family Reunion Planning Web app...
3. Have your keepsake party favors been designed?
Get great keepsake party favor ideas here...
4. Have you completed payment for the booked park pavilion or reception facility?
5. Have you scheduled a follow-up meeting with the reunion committee or your delegated helpers? Make use of the department worksheets in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner eBook. A part of the online web app at

Reminder: November is Annual Family Reunion Planning Month. What plans are you making to observe this annual event? What will you do to get the word out? Get ideas here...

Need help with planning organizing and managing your event. Make good use of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner web app and eBook. Get the printed copy. Makes a great family heirloom and keepsake. Get inspired...