Tips from the party master herself.
Throwing a party can be stressful for even the most experienced of party planners. You worry about whether or not enough people will show up. You panic about having the right tunes and food. You fret endlessly over timing, colours, cause and literally anything else that might strangely pop into your head.
But throwing the world’s most memorable party isn’t something to be taken lightly, and there are a lot of things that need to be considered when planning and pulling off this event of the century. However, help is on hand to make the struggle just that little (at the least) bit more straightforward.
Customize your party
Making it as special as possible no matter what, for whoever, or whatever the reason for this party is will go a heck of a long way to making it memorable, also. One way to do this is to add a personal touch to whatever you want to show off. This can be done through custom cakes, games related to the guests, and even specialised food and drink.
Furthermore, (most) people love to talk about themselves and feel special, so if it is a birthday party or something focusing on one person in particular then going above and beyond will make you the puppet master behind the greatest party ever thrown.
Careful with surprises
No surprises unless they will love them. There are some people who hate, hate, hate surprises and feel uncomfortable being the centre of attention. If this sounds like someone you know, then perhaps a surprise party isn’t the best thing. However, others absolutely love them, and every new surprise will only make them love you more. If you want to go all in, then finding the wildest and wackiest shocks in store will have people talking about this shindig for generations to come.
Invitate the right crowd
Invite the right people and even those who are wrong, the wrong people probably won’t show up anyway, and even if they do, everyone else will be having enough fun that there shouldn’t be too much trouble. After all, this party is all about one thing and whatever that might be the focus should on that and that alone. That being said, bringing in drama-stirrers is a surefire way to dwindle attendance and leave you dancing by yourself.
Prepare for the worst
Prepare for any eventuality and all with be fine. At least hopefully it will be fine. There are a lot of things that can go wrong at any kind of event and so having a contingency plan to tackle and conquer any unforeseen circumstances will help the plain sailing continue. This kind of thing can range from electricity failures to noise complaints to a mere lack of buzz, and so knowing what to do in any situation can mean the difference between success and failure.
Pick the right music
Get a proper playlist that will suit the mood. If it is a small gathering, you don’t want (too many) bangers upsetting the atmosphere. However, if you’ve packed out a place to the ceiling, then you’re going to need something that will get people moving. Sometimes, you might want to start out chilled and then raise the tempo as the night goes and on and the drinks get flowing.
Decide where to host
Rent a venue or commit to cleaning up your mess afterwards. Of course, you can always hire someone to clean up, but that costs money. A venue might be the cheapest option in some cases. But if you really want or need to host it at your own place, you’ve got to be prepared to deal with the mess the next day, even if you feel like you’d rather just lie in bed and feel sorry for yourself. Hopefully, there will be some sympathetic friends (or maybe those too tired to get home) that can help you with anything the next day, which will make everything just a bit easier.
Stock up on booze
Don’t let the well run dry as there is nothing that can kill a mood quicker than running out of booze. While it isn’t responsible to suggest that you give everyone alcohol poisoning, ensuring that you can keep people topped up and having a good time will keep this party going well into next week. If money is an issue, have guests bring their own booze, but warn them that it might disappear into thin air if they don’t keep an eye on it. You have minesweepers at even the most trusted of gatherings.
Get people to help
Teamwork makes the dream work, and so it is essential that you don’t grind yourself to a halt doing everything yourself. Use everyone you can think of to give you a hand whether it be picking up supplies, getting discounts on a DJ, drinks, or whatever else. This will stop you from pulling your hair out before the big day and ease any of the stress that you seriously do not need right now. Worrying constantly about what could go wrong will only hinder your enjoyment and so delegating tasks all across the board, whether they like it or not, will make the whole process that much sweeter.
Memories get cloudy, get snap happy. So either hire a party photographer, one of those silly little booths that have a fancy dress box or just take photograph after photograph yourself. As sweet as memories are, they fade over time, especially when alcohol is involved and so making sure you capture each and every smile, silly dance move and embarrassing moment (even if that’s just for you to laugh at later) will make this a night to remember, even if your guests can’t recall much else.
The whole process of party planning can get a bit too much sometimes, but during these times all you need to do is carry on and understand that you can do this. But what is perhaps most important is knowing your audience and so getting the atmosphere just right should allow things to go off without a hitch.
Furthermore, all of your worry and stress will be alleviated once the people start pouring in, getting down on the dancefloor and having the time of their lives. People typically love to have fun, and so if you give them the opportunity to do that, you needn’t worry at all.
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