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Party planning is a lot of work, but when the big day goes off without a hitch, that hard work pays off. Unfortunately, some simple slip-ups during the planning process can hurt your chances of throwing a successful party. Use this guide to learn three of the most common party-planning mistakes to avoid so that your event is just as organized as it is unforgettable.


Sending out the invitations early is great, but always ask guests to RSVP. Although an RSVP sounds like something you only have to worry about for weddings, any party can benefit from this old-fashioned convention. By asking guests to RSVP, you’ll get a better idea of how many people will actually be there.

Remember, just because you invite someone doesn’t mean they’ll be there on the big day. To avoid going overboard with how much food, drinks, and other festivities you have, always ask for RSVPs and plan accordingly. More importantly, don’t forget to put an RSVP deadline on the invitation.


One of the top party-planning mistakes to avoid is choosing a dull venue. Your venue should feel as unique and fun as the party you’re throwing. For instance, you might have some great local clubs, but a nice private party deserves something more interesting, like a party boat!

A big reason we provide boat rides in Austin, TX, is that party barges are such a fun way to break away from the monotony of average party venues like bars and restaurants. Although these locales are fine for weekend hangouts, an exciting party should have a memorable and unique venue to match.


Poor scheduling relates to multiple points in the planning process. First, let’s start with booking the venue. Whether your venue is a restaurant, bar, or boat, schedule your reservation well in advance. If you wait until the last minute to book a reservation, you run the risk of having to find a new, equally great venue for the event.

Second, don’t wait too long to send out your invitations. There’s nothing wrong with sending invites a month or two in advance. If you send them out too close to the big day, guests you were hoping to be there might have to decline due to prior commitments. Sending those invitations out in advance means guests can potentially call off work, shuffle other appointments or events around, or turn down other invitations that might conflict.

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