It’s party season once again, and we’re all in the mood to have a bit of fun. If you’re the one invited to parties and events, it’s easy to get excited…but if you’re actually the one planning and organising the party, excitement may be the last thing on your mind. You’d be too worried about the details and are anxious to make sure that your party is a roaring success.
From the food to the venue to the guest list, planning a party can be quite stressful and time-consuming. The point of your party, after all, is to ensure that your guests have a good time. This is why we’ve come up with a few simple tips on guaranteeing that your party becomes an event to remember:
Mix and match
Too often, we are worried about how our guests will relate to each other. Will they be able to converse with each other, or will there be too many awkward silences? This is why we sometimes end up with a guest list that is comprised of similar people with similar backgrounds and similar careers. The point here is: don’t be afraid to mix and match. Invite people with different backgrounds, jobs, and generations – and it’ll be an interesting mix. People have a lot more in common than you think, and they will have more interesting conversations if they come from different backgrounds, age groups, and disciplines.
Pay attention to the music
Yes, music is one of the keys to having a great party. One thing you can do if you’re not sure about what your guests will like is to ask them to bring their own music. Or you can hire a DJ who’ll be responsible for dishing out various party tunes to get the crowd going.
Plenty of food and drink
There’s nothing more frustrating (for the guests) and embarrassing (for you) than having your food and drinks run out. If you are having 50 guests, prepare food and beverages for 70. Always make sure there’s more than enough to go around. Think excess. This is especially true when it comes to the drinks – a full bar is always much better than serving the usual beer and wine. To make it more impressive, you can engage portable bar services, where a bar specialist sets up any type of bar for your event, serves the drinks, and generally makes sure that your guests have all the alcohol they could want. This is even better if you don’t want to spend the rest of the night serving drinks.
Set the mood
In any party, the venue plays centre-stage. This is why you need to decorate your venue in such a way that guests immediately feel welcome – and relaxed – as soon as they walk in. The number one no-no is overhead lighting. You don’t want any glaring lights that make your guests feel as if they are in a laboratory or an office. Set the ambience with good dim lighting, and enhance it with some votive candles in different corners, flowers, and creative centrepieces on the tables such as bowls of fruit or long-stemmed plants.
At the end of the day, throwing a great party is relatively easy as long as you remember some key pointers. Before you know it, your guests will be thanking you for the best party ever.
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