How to Create the Perfect Guest List

The starting point for any fun party is a ton of great guests. Once you’ve come up with your basic concept, the next step is to decide who you want to attend. This can sometimes be trickier than you might think, so we’ve compiled a list of tips to make the process of putting together a guest list simple and quick.

Consider how many people your venue can hold.

The length of your guest list should depend entirely on the type of venue you are using, as well as the type of energy you want for your party. For example, if you are holding a rooftop dance party, you’re going to want a much larger guest list than an intimate brunch celebration in your backyard. Decide on an approximate number, and keep it in mind while you put together your list.

Exclusive or ‘the more, the merrier’?

Another big consideration is whether you want your event to be completely exclusive, or whether you want to encourage your guests to bring their friends and family. If you want an exclusive event, stick to close friends and family – if you start invite acquaintances, you may struggle with problems like choosing which one of your coworkers or friend’s significant others deserves an invite and who doesn’t.

On the other hand, if you are encouraging people to bring their friends, make sure you have an adequate amount of space and resources to accommodate a flexible number of guests. In this case, you’ll probably want an open space, like an outdoor venue or a large warehouse. However, you’ll also want to ensure that that space is filled, so invite a few more people than you might initially consider, as there’s always a good chance that some people will back out. For example, if you’d like to have 20 people at your party, invite as many as 25 or 30 just in case a few people don’t show up – you’ll still have a lively crowd.

Go for a mix of people.

When deciding who you want to invite to your gathering, be sure that you’ll have a good mix of personalities to keep things interesting and encourage people to mingle. For most parties, you’ll want a good mix of men and women, as well as people of different ages and professions. However, you’ll still want to make sure that everyone attending is open to meeting others and having a good time. You don’t want to invite anyone that might antagonize other guests or bring the vibe of the room down.

Consider existing social dynamics.

If you know that some of your potential guests don’t get along at all, tread carefully when deciding who to invite. If there are certain groups of people that consistently clash, consider spending time separately with them instead of putting them in a situation that may result in conflict. If it’s a large party and you absolutely want everyone to attend, make sure to keep these guests separated from each other so everyone stays happy.

The most important thing when putting together your guest list is ensuring that everyone has a good time. When in doubt, just make sure that people you love spending time with are there, and keep the energy positive and fun.

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