Co-hosting a party does come with many benefits, but can also lead to several problems as well, not only with your party, but also with your relationship with your co-host. For those of you who are considering co-hosting a party, here are a few pros and cons to consider.
Compromising on Ideas
When you throw a party on your own, you are free to use every single one of your ideas, but this is not usually the case when co-hosting. Instead, it is best for you and your co-host to sit down together right at the beginning, going through each of your ideas. Make sure that you do not immediately dismiss any, but instead talk them through and come to conclusions together.
Sharing a party means sharing the costs, so you and your co-host will need to agree on a budget together. However, keep in mind that the person whose home the party ends up being hosted in will often end up burdening a higher cost, so the other host should maybe try to chip in a little more.
When it comes to planning a co-hosted party, there are two ways in which you can go about this. You can either split everything down the middle, with one of you taking care of food, decorations, invitations and tableware, and the other being in charge of drinks, music, entertainment, and games. The upside to this is that your party planning responsibilities will really be cut in half, leaving you with much less work to do than if you were hosting the party yourself. However, it does mean that you do not have a say in many aspects of the party, and some elements may not be to your liking. On the other hand, you could also decide to make all decisions together. While this is definitely the more fun option, it also means that you do not end up saving any time, which tends to be one of the main benefits to co-hosting a party.
Choosing Your Co-Host
You may already think that you have the perfect co-host in mind, but this is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Your co-host should generally complement your skills in some way, as this will ensure that you will both be able to throw a killer party. For example, if you are a great cook but have no clue when it comes to décor, pick a co-host that excels at decorating, and has a strong sense of style. You should also make sure that your co-host is someone who will be happy communicating with you throughout the planning process, especially if the two of you have decided to make all party planning decisions together.
Co-hosting a party is meant to take some of the pressure off of you, so be sure to consider each of these points before deciding whether or not to co-host. Whatever you end up doing, keep the end goal in mind, which is to throw an unforgettable party.