Friends. Drinks. A few balloons. It starts off sounding relatively innocent and fun. It’s a birthday party after all. And then the planning begins, robbing the organizer of enthusiasm and hours – by the time the event arrives, the highlight is the relief of knowing that preparations have at last ended.
Who knew that having a good time could be such tedious work? I learned firsthand when I had to plan a small reception last year. First I searched restaurants, then bars, rental spaces… I tried searches such as “creative places to hold a party” and felt as though I was forever circling the information I needed. Not one search spoke directly to what I was looking for.
That was merely the beginning, only what it took to find decent options. Then came the effort to investigate each option and see if it indeed might accommodate the party I had in mind. Brother.
TheParty.Net wants to be a game changer. The people behind this search platform know the pains of event planning firsthand and look to make life easier for those tasked with organizing, whether the event is a baby shower, corporate party, retirement celebration or wedding.
I admit that I approached the site with ready-to-scoff cynicism. There’s no shortage of event planning tools online after all. I readied to sort through the favored sites and paying vendors as per usual, but something completely unexpected and delightful happened.
I began a search as if I were planning my cocktail reception all over again, and, within seconds, I had a list of venues that met my requirements. I even ‘ooh’ed aloud.
TheParty.Net search works very simply. You enter in the type of event you’re planning, add 4 key details, set your location – and a list of suitable options appears. Thought you’d need to conduct multiple searches to find a bartender, entertainment, photographer and caterer for your next shindig? Think again. With TheParty.Net, you have a list of options for different vendors with one search. For free.
The system does still leave some legwork for the time being. You still need to make your reservations and book service providers, but you’re brought oh so much closer in no time with TheParty.Net’s help. Look for lingering gaps to close soon — the startup has big plans. Here’s how they described their vision to KillerStartups:
“TheParty.Net created and launched an industry-changing local search platform to democratize and modernize the archaic wedding and event planning industry. We provide event-specific, unbiased, single-click, localized search results for wedding, event and party planning, reducing an hours-long process to a couple of minutes. We are the faster more accurate alternative to search engines and wedding/event site search listings.”
The platform also serves as an event community, giving space for people to discuss events and receive planning tips, while an events calendar lets you find events of all kind headed your way (the lean currently is toward bridal shows and fitness).
Call someone else Ishmael. If you’re ready to ditch the whale hunt the next time you have an event to plan – if you prefer instead to find fast, non-preferential and personal search results – consider getting you’re party started at TheParty.net.