Got a birthday to celebrate coming up? Or perhaps it’s a bridal bash, engagement announcement, or something else? Whatever it is, you don’t have to worry about throwing a boring celebration. Here, we’re going to look at five ways to spice up any event and make sure your guests are glad they came.
Come up with a theme
A theme can always make a party liven up and give you some excellent inspiration for decorations to set the scene, which treats to offer, and maybe even party games to play. You might want to reconsider making guest participation in the theme, by way of costumes, necessary, however. Some people aren’t into fancy dress and trying to force the issue can succeed in making the event a little more uncomfortable. However, otherwise, you should think about party themes that will appeal to the person whose big day is being celebrated most of all.
Offer some delicious treats
Some party food and libations are going to be a must-have for just about any kind of soiree. However, you could consider going the extra mile for a special occasion by getting some professional help. Catering services don’t have to be reserved for huge events, they can do smaller ones at a more affordable rate, too. For more adult audiences, mobile bar hire can be a great idea, too. Instead of offering the same old drinks, having a real mixologist to serve up delicious and colourful cocktails can add a lot.
Make a show of it
Having an attraction at the birthday, something a little out of the ordinary, can always help elevate the experience. For a kids’ party, a magic show might do just fine. But what about grown ups? One tried and true option for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events is to create a slideshow that shows some key moments in the celebrated person’s life leading up to this. Whether your narration is heartfelt or comedic, it can really drive home the whole point of the party and make that person feel special indeed.
When in doubt, go big
If you have trouble getting the creative juices flowing for a special party idea, then you can always simply blow up the scale of the thing. Having a metaphorical ton of balloons, having lots and lots of paper flowers, hanging bunting from every surface possible. You can add a lot of visual impact and surprise factor by choosing something that’s relatively cheap but doing lots and lots of it. It can also help you establish a visual theme without having to be too varied in choosing decorations.
The more established our adult lives become, the more routine our parties tend to get as well. Well, you can do your part to break the monotony, with the help of the tips above. Just one extra twist on the party can turn it into an event that will have the guests chattering about it for weeks, even months, to come.
The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic structure connecting the city of San Francisco to Marin County, California. It spans almost two miles across the Golden Gate, the narrow strait where San Francisco Bay opens to meet the Pacific Ocean.
San Francisco is less than 50 square miles and has a population that doesn’t even crack a million, but it ranks as one of the greatest cities in the world. Famous for grand-dame Victorians, cable cars, a beautiful waterfront, and a soaring golden bridge, this city truly has it all. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks; you can walk or bike across the span to the Marin Headlands.
San Francisco’s high cost of living starts with a hot housing market. Simply put, San Francisco houses for sale are hard to come by. California is known for its remarkably expensive homes, but San Francisco takes the cake. On the plus side, the economy across the entire Bay Area is on fire right now. San Francisco has a fabulous public transportation system. You have access to cabs, bicycles, scooters, buses, trollies, and light rail so that you can access almost any part of the city.
San Francisco's arts and culture scene is incredibly diverse. There are world-renowned museums, great collections of street art to discover, galleries with glorious collections of paintings and crafts. If you enjoy classical music and dances, there are three destinations to visit the city’s ballet, symphony, and opera. Animal lovers will not pass by the San Francisco Zoo.
You’ll be spoiled with outdoor space. From the wide-open fields of Golden Gate Park to the cliffs of Lands End, the city has plenty of opportunities to get some fresh air. There’s no need to get a gym membership, since there are much more scenic places to sweat. Whenever you feel rundown by city life, going outdoors will be the perfect cure for all.
There’s so much to do in the city, but a quick drive can land you in the mountains, at the beach, or in wine country. Hike the redwoods, drive out to Yosemite or south to the sunny peninsula. You can be on the slopes in Tahoe in under five hours by car, or go south to LA, San Diego, or Mexico. Napa is just over an hour north, and Half Moon Bay (the beach) is 30 minutes east.
I wanted to very quickly pop on here to wish all of my readers a very Happy New year. It's been a hectic Christmas for me with one thing or another (another being the 10 Christmas trees we seem to have committed to this Christmas!!!)
I'm so excited for a new year having had another incredible year under the belt. There is something about starting a New Year that's incredibly exciting and full of hope and opportunity! Not least because we get to ring ours in in another incredible country (last years Vietnam trip was so fun) this time India!
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Wishing you all the best for 2020
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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