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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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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. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Careers in Event Planning; Fun Resource Guide for Party Industry Jobs
  • Review Video: A Day in the Life - Event Planner
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Is Party Planning For You?

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. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Party Planning; Starting a Party Planning Business
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Basics of the Party Planing Business

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. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Business Plan Template; Consumer Expenditure Survey
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Build Your Business Base

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. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Event Planning Association; How to Price Your Product or Service; Sample Contract
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Show Me The 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. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Cash Management Basics; How to Market Your Business
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Marketing Your Services Tracking Your Spending

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. 49 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Hiring a Caterer; Listings and Reviews of Local Wedding and Party Vendors
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment B
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Every Party Planner Needs a Team

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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Business Liability Insurance; Small Business Resource; Starting a Business
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Legal Issues to Ponder

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. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Party Planning Checklist
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Tapping into Social Events

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. 26 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Party Themes
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Equipment and Inventory

Lesson 10: Corporate Events

Although we have barely recovered from a devastating recession, corporate events are still a "yes," but "no" to big budgets. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Corporate Event Planning and Etiquette
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Corporate Events

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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Birthday Party Invitations; Cake and Gift Design Birthday Party Card; How to Plan a Themed Child Birthday Party
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Children's Birthday Parties and Venues

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. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Before You Choose Catering Services for Your Event; Type of Event and Menu
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Planning The Food and Beverages

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. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: Unique Venues
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13: Party Decor

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. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: ISES - International Special Events Society; National Association of Catering Executives
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 14: Formulas for Success

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. 303 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 6 Articles: Center for Association Leadership; Convention Industry Council; Event Planners Association; Getting Started on a Website; Managing an Event on the Day; National Association of Catering Executives
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: New Things
  • Complete Assignment: Final Thoughts
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 15: Education, Training and Evaluations
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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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: 0.9 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
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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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.
  • Know 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.

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