In every teenage girl's life, one of the things that she anticipates the most is her 18th birthday A.K.A. her debut. After all, a celebration like this only comes once in a lifetime. That's why, as much as possible, most parents put it on their bucket list to give their daughter the most magical 18th party they could ever ask for!
However, planning for a debut isn't actually the easiest thing to do. During my little sister's 18th birthday, I was the one who was tasked to be the planner. I happily accepted it since I never planned a debut before because I wasn't the one who was in-charge of mine. But it was then that I realized that there are certain things that everyone should know before planning for a debut. To help you avoid the hassle during the event, here's what you should keep in mind!
1. The number of guests
Before you start planning your debut (or someone else's,) you should keep in mind first the number of people you plan on inviting. In your head, you might think that it isn't much. But unless you list all of the names down, you'll never know. I remember when we're planning my little sister's debut, my parents always told us "it's just a few people." It was until the time that we needed to know the limitation of number of guests that I listed every person that they invited that we found out that it's not just a "few" people. Therefore, always put this as the first thing you need to know before moving forward because it affects the food menu, venue, and basically everything.
2. The budget
The number one thing that controls the way you plan out your debut is your budget, that's why by being aware of it will make the planning clearer and organized. Talk to your parents beforehand, so you'll know what you can work with. Before I asked my little sister about what are the things that she wants to have on her debut, I first talked to my parents about the budget, so we had a chance to think of more options.
3. The venue
Another thing that can ruin your plans for your debut if you don't figure it out the soonest is the venue, especially if you have already been thinking of spending it somewhere that's always booked. Lucky for you, there are still various options to consider. If you prefer something intimate, you can use your own house or a small and private hall to accomodate your guests. However, if you want something grand, then look for hotels or restaurants that could help you make your party run smoothly. In my experience, we chose our village's covered court since my little sister only wanted something simple and classic.
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4. The motif
To make the planning of your debut stress-free, you have to think about your motif. From the attire to the table setup, thinking about a motif is actually quite easy as long as you know what you want to see on your debut party. Sorting this kind of thing not only allows you to save a lot of cash, but also lessens the effort you put in planning the details of your debut. In my experience, my little sister wanted to have a "girl power"-themed party where everything is black and pink, and the DJ would only play her "girl power" playlist. Well, she got what she wanted!
5. The invitations
When it comes to the party invitations, this is where you can use your creative juices. You can design it on your own or have it custom-made. Either way, I can assure you that you're going to have a lot of fun in making these invitations. You don't have to be the only one who takes care of this, you can ask for your friends' help when it comes to distributing the invitations. When we prepared my sister's invitation, I was the one who insisted to design it. And after creating them, I asked for a printing company for help when it comes to the paper and materials to use.
6. The catering packages
One of the tricks that I learned when it comes to debut parties is how you should always look for other options. Don't assume that just because you want a grand debut, it means you're going to spend a huge amount of money. There are still ways where you can have a budget-friendly party, and still be able to get what you want. When booking catering packages, you need to look for those that have additional services. In my little sister's debut, my parents found a catering service that offers a package where they also provide the venue setup, photobooth, and sound system. Since the rate fit within our budget, we had a cost-efficient and worry-free party!
Of course, everyone wants to have the best debut experience that they'll remember for the rest of their lives. That's why I always made sure that even the smallest of things is well-planned before my little sister's debut, and it became a success. If you're currently planning out the details of your (or your sister's) dream debut, don't forget to have fun while you're at it!
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