When throwing a party you want to make sure that everyone has a good time, is safe and remembers the party a long time after it happens.
Achieving this isn’t hard and only requires some simple preparation. We’ve divided what to do into five points. Without any further ado, let’s get into it.
1. Brainstorm theme and decorations
Depending on your party, you may need a theme and a certain set of appropriate decorations. For example, Halloween parties in Australia have become more popular than what they were five years ago. So for a party such as this, you’d possibly want decorations such as fake spiders and cobwebs, skeletons, etc.
But even if you’re not going on a particular theme, sometimes decorations are nice. Depending on whether the party’s formal or with friends and family also come into play. So before even starting to send out invites, consider what your party is first.
Make sure you actually figure out your party much further in advance before anything else. It’s not going to be that useful to prepare for a party that you plan on throwing in less than a week. Give yourself a couple of weeks so you and your invited guests have time to prepare.
3. Send out invitations
Once you’ve figured out when you want to throw the party and its themes and so on, it’s time to send out the invitations. Whether you do this in a traditional way or via text, Facebook and so on, make sure you only invite those you want coming.
When using a social network like Facebook, ensure your event is only viewable by those you’ve extended an invite to. In your invite explain what the party is, tell them what they need to bring or if they need to dress in a certain way (formal, casual, dress-up, etc.), and make sure they know exactly when to be there and what is expected. More than anything, write the invite in a way that gets them excited to come.
4. Food, alcohol and music
Depending on the party, you may have to provide all the food and drink or only some of it. But if we’re talking about a usual house party, then it’s always a smart idea to encourage others to bring their own alcohol. That said, it’s always good to have a stock of your own in case they run out. Also ensure that you have plenty of snacks and plans for food that will keep them from drinking on an empty stomach.
If you want your party to be fun, you want the music to reflect this. So don’t go playing sad music given it will bring down the mood. Also account for the fact that different people have different tastes, so keep the music varied. If your party is more that of a simple dinner party, then mellow music is great to play when having dinner.
As a party host, you need to remember to be responsible. Ensure that along with alcohol you also have non-alcoholic beverages such as soft drink available to those who don’t want any alcohol. As stated before, make sure you have enough food to account for alcohol so people aren’t purely becoming intoxicated while on an empty stomach.
Consider your neighbours and avoid making too much noise. Most of all, if anyone becomes too intoxicated for your liking, help them sober up with water.
What’s the most memorable party you’ve ever thrown? Share with us in the comments below.
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