Everything You Need To Host a Great Party

When you plan a party, do you have trouble remembering everything you’ll need?  Don’t fret, just read this article so there will be nothing you forget!

Retirement Invitation


Choose a unique invitation from Announce It!, where you will find options for all types of events. But if you still can’t find the perfect choice, Announce It! will help you create your own, custom invitation. 

Thank you cards

If there will be presents make sure to send thank you cards to the guests. Write a list of who gave each gift as the presents are being opened so that you won’t forget.  

You can get some free thank you cards right here! 

Food and drinks

You can get away with only serving snacks, appetizers, and dessert at afternoon gatherings, but meal time celebrations aren’t complete without the whole package. 

Some common main entree party foods include pizza, hot dogs, and hamburgers.  Chips, pretzels, or deviled eggs are popular party snacks. Cake and ice cream are a must for birthday parties. 

No matter what time your party takes place, don’t let anyone get thirsty.  Offer punch, soft drinks, and beer for adult guests.  

You should also provide bottled water to keep guests hydrated. Turn this boring drink into something fun with customized water bottle labels from Announce It!  Even in buckets of ice, these labels maintain their color and design.   

Meal and drink supplies

After you have the menu figured out, get the right mealtime supplies so your guests can enjoy the delicious food and refreshing drinks.  

Put the food in serving dishes and bowls with serving spoons so that guests can help themselves. Set out plates, napkins, and eating utensils.  Paper plates, plastic forks, and plastic knives make for a quick and easy clean up. 

You will need a cake platter and a serving knife for serving the cake, as well as an ice cream scoop to dish up the ice cream. 

Keep the punch in a bowl with a ladle and store all other beverages in a cooler with plenty of ice.  Provide cups and straws.


Retirement Welcome Sign

Put up decorations to give your party some life.  Here are a few ideas: 

  • Balloons
  • Banners
  • Centerpieces
  • Streamers
  • Welcome sign - You can make your own at Announce It!

Favor bags and favors

Retirement Candy Bar Wrappers

Treat your guests to a chocolaty gift with a personalized wrapper that will help them remember the special day, even after they’ve eaten the candy.  You can get the following products from Announce It! 

  • Customized Candy Wrappers
  • Personalized Hershey’s Kisses Stickers
  • Custom Gold Coins


Here are a few additional supplies you might want: 

  • Camera - For capturing special moments.
  • Extra table and chairs - If you are hosting a large party.
  • Prizes - For rewarding the party game winner.
  • iPod - for playing energizing music that gets everyone in the party mood.
  • Garbage bags - for cleaning up when the party’s over. 

With this supply list in hand, you won’t forget anything! And remember to give your party a special, personalized touch with awesome products from Announce It!  So check it out and throw an amazing party everyone loves.

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