Here are some tips to help not go CRAZY during party planning..
Plan Ahead...( This couldn't be emphasized enough)(know who you want to invite, what you want to eat, how long it will be, and the theme if any.
Invitations.. There is something extra special about hand writting to your invites, have fun with it, use creative papers, stickers,and great bold colors.
Hors D oeuvres..(appetizers). Choose easy , finger foods that are full of flavor that compliment each other, and avoid , drippy sauces near expensive light colored rugs. Be sure to have appropriate silverware, plates at napkins at your Hors D oeuvers station, (in case occassional messes occur.
Liquor.. (be sure to have ice on hand for mixed drinks, you can never have enough ice.) And seasonal fruits for garnish. Also it's great to have an alcholic punch and a non alcholic punch for those guests who don't drink.
Atmosphere.. Be sure to have music,decorations and great smelling scents for a delightful aroma. If possible avoid the TV, try to have board games, and ice breaker games to keep guests involved socially with one another.
Most importantly Have FUN!!! No one wants to go to a party , where the host/hostess is no where to be found , because they are stuck in the kitchen . Try planning ahead, cooking and preparing food ahead so you can spend more time having fun with your guests.