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.
With the holiday season in full swing, comes plenty of parties. Although hospitality may come easy to some, for others it can be a challenge. Regardless of the event, a party in your home can be a fantastic way to get everyone together, whether it’s a cooked meal at the table or party food to pick at. If you have a gathering planned, maybe with family and friends, you’ll most likely want to be prepared. Your home needs to be ready to host as well as an effort being put in in the kitchen.
Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can host the perfect party:
Make A Plan
Whether you’re a natural planner or normally just wing it, it’s a good idea to create a plan and write it down. This way you can almost guarantee that you won’t forget anything. The key to hosting a successful party is down to the planning. Create a guest list, any food requirements even down to whether your guest has any specific needs such as gluten-free, Plan a cleaning day, buy any decorations, think about decluttering, make any necessary repairs and plan your food prep. Then you can work through your list and tick off your tasks as you go along, writing down your plan also means it’s easier to delegate to others who are helping.
Food & Drinks
You need to determine how you’ll serve food and drinks. Are you planning on catering yourself or maybe considering using a social event catering service? Food and drink interfere with the flow of your party therefore this makes it extremely important. Buffets are one of the most popular options, as people can serve themselves but there is just something nice about catching up over a sit-down meal. Of course, it’s going to depend on how many people you are catering for when you come to your ultimate decision.
Clean Through Your Home And Declutter
When planning the perfect party, cleaning and decluttering your home will probably be one of the first things you think about doing. You may not have to clean every room, as parties tend to be restricted to certain areas of your home, so think about where people are going to use. Most common places such as the kitchen, bathroom, living room, family room, basement and dining areas tend to be used during a gathering. Hide any personal documentation, and clear any clutter. Sometimes it might be easier to get a cleaning company to deep clean after you’ve decluttered.
The Party Area
It’s not uncommon to need to rearrange parts of your home to make it an area that is easy for people to gather and not feel crowded. You need to have a flow about the area you’re hosting so you can move between your guests and make them feel comfortable. Put coats in a cupboard and have a dedicated area for any drinks or food that they may bring.
Your aim should be to make your home as welcoming as possible for your guests. Following these tips will help you to achieve this. Do you have any other tips that you can share in the comments area below?
The sun might be retreating and the nights might be drawing in, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun. But if your idea of a fun night is witty banter, and catching up with old friends and family you might feel that the traditional house party isn’t for you. If you don’t drink or want to support a partner or friend who is teetotal, a more sedate occasion like a dinner party might seem like a better option than a traditional house party… but that would involve chaining you to the oven when you could be mixing with friends and loved ones.
The truth is that you can have an incredibly fun and lively party with nary a drop of alcohol served. You don’t need to worry about how your friends will react. They’ll come to see you, not to get squiffy! Besides, you can pull out all the stops to show them that you don’t have to drink to have a fun and memorable party…
Just so everyone knows what to expect, it’s a good idea to remind guests beforehand that they will be attending a dry party. They might want to go for a drink or two beforehand and that’ll be their prerogative. Just so long as they know that while you won’t be serving booze you’ll be serving up a whole lot of fun.
Get some help in the form of dry bar hire
There’s an infinite number of taste combinations that can be unlocked in the form of delicious and refreshing drinks without the need to add alcohol to the equation. But rather than experiment with different combinations of libations yourself and risk things going horribly, horribly wrong, why not consider a Dry Bar Hire? You can choose a variety of different styles to suit the theme and tone of your party and with a flexible choice of staffing, you’ll have a skilled professional on hand to keep your guests refreshed and entertained.
Alcohol can fill the void when there’s nothing to do. The more tiddly people are, the less inclined they are to restlessness or boredom. But if you have an itinerary of fun games to play, this will ease conversation and social interaction in a much more meaningful way than alcohol consumption.
No matter what kind of crowd you’ll be entertaining there are always a fun range of games to play together whether you want to yuk it up with a game of Cards Against Humanity or break out the Twister mat.
Don’t be stingy with the snacks
When your palate isn’t numbed by alcohol, everything tastes better! Make sure that you capitalise on this by serving up a great selection of snacks and finger foods to delight your guests. You can go as high or low end as you like, but try and make sure everyone has something tasty to snack on, even if it’s just a mini pizza bagel.
Take lots of pictures
Finally, be sure to take lots of snaps of the fun. Showcase the tasty food and delectable drinks and all those happy, smiling faces. Hopefully when you post them online you’ll show people that they can have a great time without drinking.
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