Some key items on a party planning checklist that should be completed before the day of the party include invitations, cleaning, grocery shopping and food preparation and making a music playlist. Some items to be completed the day of include last-minute cooking and displaying food.
On a party planning checklist, items involving invitations include making a list of who to invite, making invitations, sending them out and keeping track of replies. The house or venue should be cleaned in advance so that only a quick once over is needed the day of the party. Grocery shopping and cooking includes planning a menu, making a grocery list, buying groceries and planning a cooking schedule.