Parties are great fun when you’re a guest, but when it’s time to host your own party, the whole endeavor can become incredibly stressful. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. With good planning, you can throw a great party without driving yourself crazy in the process.
A Great Party Starts with Great Invitations
You could go the old-fashioned way and pick up invitations at the store, but you could end up with boring, generic designs that won’t make much of an impact. Also, if you’re throwing a party on a holiday or a big game day, your invite needs to stand out from the other invitations your guests will receive.
Use an online design tool and make your own party invitations to entice guests and convince them that your party is the only place to be. You can choose from thousands of images and styles to craft an exciting invitation no one will want to turn down.
Where to Host – Home or Away?
Throwing a party at home is a low-cost option that helps to cut down on party planning, but sometimes hiring a venue is a better idea for larger events.
When you book a venue, you’ll have more space to play with; you won’t have to worry about your furniture getting ruined, and you won’t be faced with a monumental cleanup the following day.
Mix up Your Guest List
A perk to throwing a party is that people get the chance to meeting like-minded individuals they wouldn’t have met otherwise. Therefore, be sure to invite guests from your entire social circle, and try to get a good balance of personalities – ending up with a room full of wallflowers will make a party hard work.
Think about adding a plus one to your invitations, as your guests won’t feel uncomfortable in a room full of strangers, and you’ll get an even more eclectic mix at your party. Plus, even you might make a new friend.
Get Your Party Swinging
As host, it’s your job to provide music that’ll encourage guests to let their hair down. If you’ve got the budget for a DJ, you can take the easy route and hand over the music to a pro, but if that’s not an option, you can still put together a rockin’ playlist.
Take a look at the age groups attending your party. If everyone is a similar age, mix in the hit songs from their high school or college era. If the age range is more varied, stick with a playlist of current hits from the most popular genres; intermingled with some well-known classics.
Don’t Forget the Food
To throw a great party, you’ll need to go beyond chip and dip, but you don’t need to plan an elaborate menu. Keep guests happy with a tasty buffet of savories and sweets, and it’s a good idea to include some options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten intolerant guests.
By taking the time to plan your guest list, the music, food, and venue, you can make sure that everyone has a great time and looks forward to your next fun-filled bash.