The Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s Eve—we have so many holidays that we could throw a party for any month of the year. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the time or money to throw a party every month. However, you can plan one large party that no one will forget. The key ingredients to an insanely fun party are fun games, excellent music, and great food. If you have never thrown a party, don’t stress. Here are ten ways that you can make your party a success:
Decide on the Location
There are many places where you can throw a party. Most people typically throw a party in their own home because it is the least expensive. You can choose to have your party at a venue, such as a restaurant, a bowling alley, or a rooftop for ultra-fancy parties. When considering a venue for a party, it is a good idea to keep in mind how much space you will need. Get an accurate count of the guests and how much space any equipment will need before making booking a venue.
Decorate to the Nines
No matter where the party is going to be held, it needs to be decorated, set up, and ready to go for the guests. This includes decorating with centerpieces, table cloths, banners, balloons, and yummy goodies such as candy dishes for guests. Lighting is something that many forget about as they set up their party. Whether you use strobe lights, lantern lights, or string lights, it’s important that the lighting sets the right ambiance for the party. If you are throwing a themed party, buy decorations that go along with that theme.
Make It a Theme Party
There are always Halloween and Christmas parties, but you can make your party more exciting by making it a unique theme party. The theme doesn’t have to be incredibly elaborate, either. You could simply have a “Plaid Party” where everyone has to show up wearing plaid. Some people throw parties for a good cause. For instance, you could request that everyone pay a small entrance fee that will go to your local humane society (and make the party dog- and cat-themed). Another theme for the fancier parties could be the 1920s or “The Great Gatsby” themed party.
Feed Your Guests
If you ask anyone what they remember from a wedding or other large party, you will most likely hear details about the food. We all love food, and it’s important that you not only have delicious food, but also that you have plenty for everyone. Hungry guests aren’t fun to deal with, and they can quickly put a damper on the party. Give them something to fill their stomachs and also have them talking, such as these pineapple and chicken kabobs. Check out some of these delectable food ideas that are sure to be a hit:
- Ice cream bars
- Jalapeno poppers
- Mini sandwiches
- Deviled eggs
- Chips and dip
Don’t forget the fruit and vegetable platter!
Break Out the Games
Starting fun games can liven the party up. The type of games you have at a party will most likely depend on the location. For backyard BBQs and house parties, a game of Baggo is always a hit. Breaking out Cards Against Humanity for raunchy house gatherings is sure to get the party started. Other fun options you can include involve:
Poker tables: These are popular choices for older adults, and there are a lot of great poker theme ideas to generate excitement.
Rent arcade games: Whether it’s for the younger crowd or the kid at heart, arcade games such as pinball machines are always a blast.
Photo booth: Let your guests take home something to remember how much fun your party was by renting a photo booth for the night.
Get Ready to Dance
Having music at a party is essential. The only question is whether or not you hire a DJ, use an mp3 player, or use an app such as Spotify. There are benefits to each. For larger venues, having a DJ is pretty much expected. While they can be expensive, they will take care of the music for the night so that you don’t have to, and they have superior equipment. You can always use your mp3 player for house parties or backyard get-togethers, or you can buy Spotify premium and build your own playlist for the occasion.
Hold a Contest
Give guests something to work toward when they show up to the party by holding a contest. Whether it’s best dressed for a Halloween party or a pie-eating contest, this is a must for any party. Not only is it fun to partake in the contest, but it is also incredibly entertaining to watch. If it’s a house party, you can even just have people guess how many jelly beans are in a jar. Revealing the winner at the end of the night will give guests something to look forward to at the end. Just make sure you have a cool prize!
It’s Time to Celebrate … Safely
Hopefully, this list gave you some good ideas and motivation to throw your own party in the near future. Whether it’s for a good cause or simply a good time, it’s always important that your guests have a way to get home safely. As the host, you can’t exactly drive everyone home. However, you can have taxi numbers in easy sight at the party exit/entrance so that they can get themselves home safely.
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