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    I learned something by not having a party this year. My Facebook feed showed quite a few neighbors and friends at other parties on the night I would have had a party. I'll do my party a week earlier. Then there will be no competition for the date and our guests get double wear out of their costume.
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    This year I finally realized how much food to prepare for my party. I normally have 30-35 people attend and always have waaaay too much food left over afterwards. This year there were still leftovers, but not an unmanageable amount. I also learned that having my Mom come down and help me took a lot of stress off of me, this is the first time I have had any help with preparations. And finally, I ended up ordering all of my desserts and just made the main course foods - the amount of work and stress that it saved me was worth the price.

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    When I was married we did a huge party spent around 1500 for just food drink treats for the kids and just cool party décor like the margaritville cocktail maker.now that I am single I do things my way I have or join party forces for just a girl party which I love.Norm arount 25 girls. and its a blast..So I do agree smaller equals less stress.Just whatever you do enjoy yourself.

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    This year I'm going to spend more time with my guests and less time fretting about things not working properly!
    I've learned about preparation (more in advance, the better), the importance of music (it really helps with atmosphere) and just being part of the group enjoying the party rather than a prop trying to sell the theme. Oh, and not taking it personally when people can't make it or drop out last minute. That did stress me out last year!

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    We learned that we should probably say no kids so that the adults can let loose and enjoy themselves! We had some guests arrive with no costumes and children which really killed the party vibe. There were no kids the year before and it was a ton of fun.

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    Hi Silver Jinx, last year was the first year we specified no children. I had always discouraged people from bringing their kids, but there would always be one or two that would still bring them. Last year I was adamant about it and I think everyone felt more at ease without having kids there.

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    With regards to kids, we had a few pre-teens show up and then have to leave as they and their parents had the assumption it was an all kids party and were a bit put off when they saw the adults and alcohol. This year, I'm creating an invite for the kids to take home explaining the party better. We're also going to start earlier so the kids have the run of the place for a few hours before the main horde of adults arrive. To go further, my theme this year includes insane children so I hope to have the pre-teens as actors for a bit as the adults arrive.

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    In 2017 we learned that we need to decorate earlier, for a few reasons. The first is that we spend the entire month of October decorating, and we don't have time for anything else. It would be nice to actually enjoy October and do some fall/Halloween activities other than decorating the house. The second is just the sheer panic it creates. My friend's wedding was the night before our party, so all of the last minute things were crammed into the day of the party. Any time there's something that takes precedence over decorating, it causes stress. The third is the financial factor. I want to start making purchases now so the expense of decorating is spread out over a few months, instead of spending half of every October paycheck on Halloween stuff.

    This year the goal is to have the house/yard completely decorated by October 1st. We're starting to plan and make purchases now. I'd like it so the week of the party, the only thing left to do is minor last minute things like changing out interior lightbulbs.

    And an added bonus of all that is that it extends the time I get to focus on Halloween.

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    I usually make everything myself but I think I will get a little ordered instead like cake balls from a baker and maybe other deserts ordered ahead too.

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    I keep having to re-learn this every year, but build time into your pre-party schedule to take lots of photos of the completed set-up! You inevitably will run out of time and finish just before the guests arrive, but if you don't have time to take the photos yourself, ask someone who gets their first to take lots of photos of the completed set-up before people start chowing down, drinking, and the party gets in full swing.

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