Planning a fancy party may not be a regular event for us, but once in a while we may have to plan one. Graduation parties, wedding receptions, your first book published are just a few of the possible reasons for an extraordinary party. Such a party will require more than a ten dollars per person, and you are not going to get away with a potluck. This time you are going to have to go all out. Most likely you are going to need to plan for a formal dinner. You have the option of going with a formal sit down dinner or a buffet style dinner. One is not necessarily better than the other, but you need to decide which one makes sense for you. Formal dinners can create stunning memory for you and your guests. They can become memories that last a lifetime. Planning a formal dinner is about as complicated as a wedding reception, and intense planning is required. You may need to hire an event planner to get the job done right without spending too much time. If you can afford it hire a party planner. Party planners cost money, but due to their expertise they may be able to save you money. They can help you negotiate better prices on catering, the venue, and entertainment. They may also be able to offer you with several options for catering and venues for your event. You may not think you need an event planner, but you may find them absolutely necessary. If you have a busy life, you may not be able to take on such a large project on your own. A qualified event planner can help you look at the big picture while she takes care of the small details for you. There are a many factors that influence the food served at your dinner party. A couple of things to consider are the theme of your party, your guests' tastes and nationality. A diverse menu will take all these factors into consideration and will be well rounded. Try to have a good balance of healthy and indulgent foods.