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Party Planning 101

Planning a party really only requires a little bit of uninterrupted thought given to some of the details, and it's sure to be a winner! Here are some basic tips to get you started on the right foot with your party planning.

  • Plan your guest list early, and determine as best as you can if anyone has any particular dietary needs (vegetarian/vegan, food allergies, etc.) If there are any special cases that you would like to accommodate, make sure to let us know as soon as you can.
  • Once you have confirmed your date with us, decide what type of invitations you will want to send (if any) or what means you will use to invite your guests (phone, email, etc.) No matter how you choose to notify your guests, make sure to give them plenty of notice and clear RSVP instructions.
  • Plan the menu! Now that you’ve got your date settled, let’s start picking a menu! Our Banquet Office staff will be happy to walk you through all of your options. We’ll work with you to create a menu that your guests will talk about for years.
  • Arrange for your entertainment, if any. Getting a band? Will you need to listen to some first, or do you know which band you want? Or, do you prefer a DJ keeping the party jumping? If you need any recommendations, we will be happy to provide them.
  • Flowers simply make rooms look beautiful. And they’re not just for Weddings, either. Speak with a florist to discuss some economical ways that you can beautify your event’s room without breaking the bank. For weddings, you have both the Ceremony as well as the Reception to consider. Here are some sites that lists some of the floral trends for Brides.
  • Or, perhaps, Balloons instead!
  • If there will be any furniture or equipment rental, arrange for that and let us know what the delivery requirements are. It’s important that you always keep us informed of any deliveries or requirements your hired vendors may have.
  • Parking and transportation arrangements for both before and after the event. Riccardo’s by the Bridge provides valet parking and attendants, but some of your guests may have special travel requirements to and from the reception. It’s good to think about these things early so they can be planned for.
  • Film/batteries for the camera, or batteries for the video camera.

There’s so much to think about. But with a little planning and a couple of lists (don't leave them at home!) you will be able to dot every “I” and cross every “T.”

Have a great event!