The Lazy Person’s Guide To Party Planning

By Phoebe McRae
13th Aug 2017

Planning a party is no mean feat. Not only do you have to worry about yourself, you have to worry about everyone else too. There’s soooo much to think about, and your to-do list is never ending. But don’t worry guys; we’ve done the hard work for you. This party season we’ve teamed up with the people who know partying best, aka Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, to get all the top tips on throwing an epic bash.

If you’re the kind of person who likes to do the absolute minimum this lazy person’s guide to party planning is for you.

Your Sister’s Baby Shower

We both know what your sister is like. A little bit OCD, with a side of crazy but good intentions. And she wants her baby shower to be perfect, of course. You’re going to have to make sure this one is beyond Instagrammable and with the help of Watson's Bay Boutique Hotel dedicated event coordinators, we strongly suggest you go wild with balloons, cute sugar-laden sweets and the baby's initials monogrammed on a marshmallow (yes, really). Hot tip: Get all your inspo from Nikki Phillips and Dane Rumble’s baby shower here.

Your Parents Wedding Anniversary

Ohhhh parents. They really are just the best and their wedding anniversary is the perfect excuse to treat them the way they deserve to be treated. An extravagant banquet at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel would make the whole fam happy (including you) so do everyone a favour and set up an exclusive long lunch in The Sunset Room. Hot tip: Gift Mum and Dad with an overnight stay in their Habour Front room (go on, don't be stingy).

Your Brother’s Bucks

Two words: Beer and food.  Consider yourself lucky you’re organising the bucks and not the hens. That is all.

Your 30th Birthday Dinner

You’ve finally hit the big 3-0 and it’s time to celebrate you. No excuses. You deserve to be waited on hand and foot with allll of the cocktails (including the signature Boaty McBoatface cocktail), and you shouldn’t have to worry about a thing. An Insta-worthy table setting wouldn’t hurt either, which is exactly why you should get the savvy events team at Watsons Bay Boutique to perfect everything for you. Hot tip: hire out front mid deck at for unbeatable views of the harbour and take on every canape you could ever dream of with your nearest and dearest.

The Work Christmas Party

So you’ve been given the task of organising the work party. Sucks to be you. Your boss is on your back everyday (why can’t they organise it themselves!?) and your co-workers are expecting great things. Depending on how big your office is, cocktail parties work best because let’s face it, you’re going to need booze (and lots of it), ain’t nobody got time for awkward small talk. Hot tip: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel has a whole range of experience stations that almost look too good to eat. You'd be reaaaally silly to go anywhere else and you never know, Santa might even be there.

Your Bestie’s Hens

Your oldest friend has found the one and she totally wants to be a princess for a day, week, month, year. Her hens is pretty much her practice big day, so everything she imagined, even though you’re the one organising it. Think location, location, location. It matters. Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel obvs has some of the best views in town and you can even get the water taxi there so you don't need to worry about transporting the whole bridal squad. With a cocktail list featuring frosé, the El Gringo (think a margarita with a hint of spice) and so much more, you should probably book this right about now. All the insta-famous are doing it. Just sayin'.

Your Engagement Party

Engagement parties are meant to be fun so avoid offending your mother-in-law and disappointing grandma, by completely skipping the whole DIY thing. That means no undercooked baked goods or sub-par place (aka school hall) that you’ll have to clean yourself post-party. The end. Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel offers a whole range of different foodie options that don't suck from the Watsons' feast designed for sharing (aka a seafood platter followed by slow cooked lamb, bbq prawns, suckling pig AND pavlova) to completely customised menus where you can choose what you want, plus those experience stations we mentioned earlier! Hot tip: You can never go wrong with cheese for dessert.

Your Wedding

Abort. Do not pass go. Do not organise this. You will not save money. You will become bridezilla. Please oh please, if you only take one thing away from this, it’s that you neeeeeeed the pros to do it for you. If you want your wedding to look anything like this, listen to us.

Did This List Stress You Out?

Same. The easiest way to throw an epic bash is to get someone else to do the hard work for you. It’s all about location (views are compulsory), booze (for obvious reasons) and food that doesn’t taste like function food (you know the kind). So all you have to do is pick a killer venue then sit back, relax and actually enjoy yourself.

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