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Monday, April 27, 2020

Planning a Post-Lockdown Party

The past few months have been somewhat of a rollercoaster for the majority of us. At the start of the year, very few people could have anticipated the chaos that would unfold at the hands of coronavirus and Covid-19. The unravelling of a worldwide pandemic has resulted in endless tragedies. Those of us who are well are still finding that our lives have completely changed, as we follow social distancing measures to slow the spread of the virus and protect ourselves and others. We aren’t leaving our houses other than for essentials. If you have kids, they’re off school. Unless you’re a keyworker, you’re not going into work. When you do head out for essentials, such as food or medicine, you’re having to stand two metres apart from everyone else. Many of us are growing bored. Many of us are missing friends and family members we don’t live with. Many of us are missing the freedom we took for granted just a couple of months ago. So, it’s not all too surprising that many of us want a real celebration when the issue is resolved and we are free to head out and do what we want again. Planning a post-lockdown party can be a creative use of the extra time you may have found on your hands and can give you something to look forward to. If this sounds good to you, here are a few areas to focus on.

Who Will Be Invited
Think of who you’re missing the most right now. These are likely to be the attendees of your gathering. They’ll be people who you want to catch up with. Hug. Laugh with. Note their names down and add in anyone else you might have started catching up with virtually who you’d like to reunite with once we’re free to socialise in person again!

Where will the venue be? Will it be a few friends round your house? Will it be a huge bash at a rented venue? If the latter, start browsing different places. Of course, you can’t book yet, as we don’t know when we’ll be out of this lockdown situation yet. But it’s good to have an idea of where you’d like to book once we are more clear about dates.

Will you be cooking a meal? Will you be putting on a buffet? Will you be using some of the best catering companies to whip up an unforgettable meal? Maybe you just want to have the event as a meal at a restaurant. Whatever you opt for, remember you may need to cater to guests with dietary requirements or preferences (like allergies, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or more) so ensure they don’t get left out. You don’t want anyone left hungry!

You’ll probably need music if it’s going to be a proper party. So, make sure you have whatever you need ready or planned. If it’s at your home, it could be worth getting some speakers you can connect to. If elsewhere, a DJ could be good.

These are just a few areas you might have fun focusing on. You’ll have a great time and it’ll give you something to focus on.
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