What Does a Party Organizer Do?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
A party organizer might plan an office birthday party.
A party organizer might plan an office birthday party.

The term “party organizer” may refer to someone who plans parties or a person who performs outreach on behalf of a political party. These two jobs are very different, but both require an outgoing personality, good organizing abilities, and excellent communications skills. People who plan parties need to be able to coordinate a wide variety of personnel for events like weddings and birthdays. Political organizers work in their regions on behalf of their parties and community groups that want more public outreach and involvement.

Organizers can perform duties in local precincts, including holding voter registration drives.
Organizers can perform duties in local precincts, including holding voter registration drives.

In the case of a person who plans parties, a party organizer meets with clients to discuss the event, the budget, and the theme along with any other potential topics of interest. The organizer secures a facility large enough for the event on the given date and makes arrangements for music, decorations, lights, food, and anything else the clients might want at the event. Party organizers can work on a variety of projects including birthdays and office parties. Some may also work on weddings, although this is often the purview of a wedding specialist.

A party organizer may develop a themed party, such as a Vegas theme.
A party organizer may develop a themed party, such as a Vegas theme.

This type of work requires good relationships with suppliers to ensure that everything needed at the event arrives in good shape and on time. The party organizer also needs a crew of full or part time workers, depending on how much work is available, to handle setup, breakdown, service at the party, and other needs. A high level of organization is critical, as most organizers handle several events at once and need to be able to keep them straight. Some cultural sensitivity and awareness of traditions may also be necessary, as a party organizer could be called upon to organize events by different cultural groups who have unique needs.

Party organizers are responsible for food, and may bring in a catered buffet.
Party organizers are responsible for food, and may bring in a catered buffet.

Political party organizers work with their parties to increase awareness of the party and its activities in a community. They may engage in a variety of outreach campaigns. Some organize local precincts, hold voter registration drives, and engage in phone banking and door-to-door outreach in election season to encourage people to vote and make members of the community aware of the issues at hand in a given election. Local organizations may work with party organizers to access funding and promote events, giving political parties an opportunity to increase their presence.

Party organizers usually hire entertainment services.
Party organizers usually hire entertainment services.

Over the course of a campaign, a political party organizer may work in a local field office as well as in the community to connect with people and meet with various groups. Party organizers can also work for groups like unions and charities to assist with political strategy and create connections. Degrees in political science are often helpful, although not necessary, for a career as a party organizer. The work can also be used to lay the groundwork for a future campaign, drawing upon name and party recognition and the resources of the party to mount a successful campaign.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a PracticalAdultInsights researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a PracticalAdultInsights researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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    • A party organizer might plan an office birthday party.
      By: Monkey Business
      A party organizer might plan an office birthday party.
    • Organizers can perform duties in local precincts, including holding voter registration drives.
      By: Robert Hoetink
      Organizers can perform duties in local precincts, including holding voter registration drives.
    • A party organizer may develop a themed party, such as a Vegas theme.
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      A party organizer may develop a themed party, such as a Vegas theme.
    • Party organizers are responsible for food, and may bring in a catered buffet.
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      Party organizers are responsible for food, and may bring in a catered buffet.
    • Party organizers usually hire entertainment services.
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      Party organizers usually hire entertainment services.
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      Party organizers might plan events such as a paintball outing.
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      A party organizer might decide on what kind of snacks will be served.