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Online Class: Party Planning 101

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Course Description

Looking for a way to throw a party on a tight budget? Easy crafting and good old creativity can balance the budget and still bring joy to all the little party guests. In the party planning business, there is no right or wrong, only a desire to make your client happy.

This Party Planning course is a helpful tool for you to learn what you need to know to get started in one of today's most popular and lucrative businesses. For those who enjoy creating the life of the party, this course takes you through setting up and running a business, finding clients and planning everything from social events to major corporate events.

Using easy to follow language, this Party Planning course takes you through developing a theme, arranging entertainment, estimating start-up costs and completing a marketing analysis for your business. You'll learn to work with and search out the best photographers, entertainers and performers, caterers, and other vendors who can make or break a party planner's career. You'll understand how to think out of the box and how to gain knowledge of the latest trends in party décor, cocktails and food.  

 The field of party and event planning has blossomed into one of the nation's top jobs, rating number 39, with a future prediction of double digit growth.  Put your people and organizational skills to good use, and become actively involved in the exciting world of party planning.
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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

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  • Lesson 1: Is Party Planning for You?

    Perhaps you always knew you wanted to be a party/special event planner and are seeking that special niche to help you take the first step to a new, and much-in-demand business.
  • Lesson 2: Basics of the Party Planning Business

    You already have an idea of the types of events and parties people hire event planners to oversee. The list is exhaustive and the events may be business-oriented, or purely social.
  • Lesson 3: Build Your Business Base

    You can start a party planning business with very little money. It is, however, always wise to conduct some type of market research to determine the needs in the area where you want to plan parties.
  • Lesson 4: Show Me the Profit!

    When pricing your services, be sure you charge enough. This means assessing, on the up side, what you need to charge to turn a healthy profit.
  • Lesson 5: Marketing Your Services and Tracking Your Spending

    When you begin crafting your marketing materials, your beginning sentence on flyers, brochures, and correspondence should be a defining statement of your company.
  • Lesson 6: Every Party Planner Needs a Team

    Party Planners leave the cooking, serving, and cleaning to outside help. As a party planner, your caterer is the glue that will hold your party together.
  • Lesson 7: Legal Issues to Ponder

    There is much to ponder when it comes to legal issues in certain small businesses; for instance, naming your business.
  • Lesson 8: Tapping into Social Events

    For those who panic at the thought of inviting three couples to their home for a dinner party, a party planner is an essential advisor.
  • Lesson 9: Equipment and Inventory

    Think twice before you go out on a limb for party supplies. Get an idea of what you need, by planning a few parties first, and get your business off the ground.
  • Lesson 10: Corporate Events

    Although we have barely recovered from a devastating recession, corporate events are still a "yes," but "no" to big budgets.
  • Lesson 11: Children's Birthday Parties and Venues

    You and your child can have fun making birthday invitations together. It builds a little suspense and anticipation in any child to prepare the invitations and send them out.
  • Lesson 12: Planning the Food and Beverages

    When planning children's birthday parties, cocktails are usually taboo. When you have other parents helping out, it's best not to serve alcohol. These are the same people who will be driving their child home.
  • Lesson 13: Party Decor

    Themed parties are always a hit and once you have settled on a theme, you can plan games, invitations, and perhaps a cake to add a finishing touch. Remember, a little bit goes a long way.
  • Lesson 14: Formulas for Success

    Something good comes from everything, and the party planners learned some hard lessons. It's really all about standing behind your work and paying for damages.
  • Lesson 15: Education, Training and Evaluations

    A volatile field, event planning businesses tend to move around a lot, change their specialties and image, and expand. No source can command total authority of the business.

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Course Title: Party Planning 101
Course Number: 8900300
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Nancy Fillip
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a party planner does.
  • Describe the basics of the party planning business.
  • Describe how to build a business base.
  • Summarize how to make a profit.
  • Describe marketing services and tracking spending.
  • Describe legal issues.
  • Describe party planning for social events versus corporate events.
  • Describe party planning for children's birthday parties and venues.
  • Describe party planning for the food and beverages.
  • Define party decor, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 1: Is Party Planning For You?Exam7
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 2: Basics of the Party Planing BusinessExam9
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 3: Build Your Business BaseExam10
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 4: Show Me The Profit!Exam9
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 5: Marketing Your Services Tracking Your SpendingExam10
Lesson 6 Assignment AAssignment20
Lesson 6 Assignment BAssignment20
Lesson 6: Every Party Planner Needs a TeamExam9
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 7: Legal Issues to PonderExam10
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 8: Tapping into Social EventsExam9
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 9: Equipment and InventoryExam6
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 10: Corporate EventsExam9
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 11: Children's Birthday Parties and VenuesExam10
Lesson 12 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 12: Planning The Food and BeveragesExam9
Lesson 13 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 13: Party DecorExam8
Lesson 14 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 14: Formulas for SuccessExam9
Final ThoughtsAssignment100
New ThingsAssignment100
Lesson 15: Education, Training and EvaluationsExam9
The Final ExamExam94
Total Points:767

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