They say one lives the life of the party and what’s not to like in someone who wants to make everyone have a good time? You could be hosting your first party or throwing one of your usual Friday night mixers – here are a few tips ranging from location ideas, to making budgets and designing invitations, which you could follow to guarantee a blast of a party for you and all your guests.
While this isn’t mandatory, see if you have a good reason to throw a party. This would help you not only decide on the sort of crowd you should invite but also what to state on the “dress code” field on your party invitations. It could be a formal dinner party for your work colleagues to celebrate your new promotion, or a graduation party or a Halloween party, either way know why you are throwing the party so that your guests wouldn’t be baffled by the invitations the receive.
While throwing a party seems like a fun idea, it is also a costly affair. While a party does not require extensive planning, if it is meticulously done, you would be surprised at how much money, energy and time you saved in planning and how much of fun you had hosting it. Your budget is the key to deciding on the venue, guest list, invitations, decorations and other favours and of course the party essentials: food and music.
If your budget is planned ahead of time, you will be able to decide where you want to host your party. Is your apartment big enough for a crowd of thirty? Or should you book a table at your favourite Italian restaurant? Following the budget, your location should be the next decision made as it would bring you one step closer towards distributing those all important party invitations.
Having decided on the location, move to the date of the party. Unless it is a birthday or anniversary, see if you could also work around the convenience of your guests. Most people would prefer a weekend as opposed to a weekday as work wouldn’t be in the way. If you do have a rough idea of who your guest list would comprise, it would be a good idea to speak to them before mailing out those invitations.
It is important to keep two things in mind when creating your guest list. First is the reason behind the celebration, having your closest gym buddies at a formal dinner for your work colleagues is not an option. Second, are the crowds you intend on inviting. In the event of a birthday party, your invitations will be delivered to both your gym buddies and closest work colleagues. Remember, to ensure that each person invited has another mutual friend for company, if the invitations do not allow a “+1”. While it is your party, replicating yourself at multiple places is not an option.
Food, Music, it’s Party Time
Now that the essentials are taken care of and party invitations sent, decide on the menu, music and games, if any. The key is to ensure that all your guests have the time of their lives so be sure to have something for everyone attending your party.