When I throw party or make events, I often make a check list fo the actual process, and preparation, which makes it a lot easier/approachable. The check list can be like
- people, – who, will come and what do they have in common. Also consider who could be relevant for each other, and fit together.
- activities, – things that we might do: board games, jam sessions, dancing, singing, presentations, party games, etc. Think also if there is some activity you can encourage some of the guests to be anchorperson for.
- food, – appetisers, main food, dessert. I think it is often nicer to make a relaxed buffet of various finger-food and small dishes, that you can eat during the event, than a formal dinner etc.
- theme and decoration.
A concrete example of a check list for food could be:
- Buns and biscuits
- Strawberry jam and cacao spread
- Various cheese
- Chocolate covered dried fruits
- Almond/data/banana triangle cookies
- Tomato/garlic dip
- Olives with almonds
- Spring rolls
Even though I do make these check lists for events etc. I almost never follow them 100%, but they make a very good base for improvisation.