You gotta fight for that right to party, as the Beastie Boys would say. Anyways, starting a party can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a bit intimidating if you’re not sure where to begin. Here are some cool tips to help you get your party started and your guests in a festive mood:
Start a party by setting the mood with music
Music is a great way to set the tone for your party and get people in the mood to have a good time. Choose a playlist that reflects the theme of your party, whether it’s upbeat and energetic for a dance party or more laid-back and relaxing for a casual gathering. Just whatever you do, don’t put on sad or melancholy music, or even music that sounds upbeat but has sad lyrics.
Personally, my favorite is something like Dua Lipa. You can also hire a DJ or get a DJ friend. If they’re good, they will know how to build up to party mood and “manipulate” the crowd into having a better time.
Make it interactive
Parties are more fun when there are activities for people to do. Consider setting up games or creating a DIY station where guests can create their own crafts or decorations. You could also plan a group activity, like a scavenger hunt or a cooking class. There are also face painters, photo booths, etc. that you can hire for bigger gatherings.
Serve delicious and festive food and drinks
No party is complete without some tasty treats! Consider offering a mix of finger foods and larger dishes, as well as both boozy and non-alcoholic drinks. Don’t forget to accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies. Ideally, put some trays and warmers or find another way to warm the food, since cold food will get people complaining, even if they don’t say it to your face.
Decorate for the occasion
Adding some special touches to your party space can really help set the mood. Consider using streamers, balloons, and other decorations to create a festive atmosphere. You could also create a photo booth area with props and backdrops for guests to take fun pictures. You don’t have to overdo it, but put a little thought into it.
Offer guests food and drinks as soon as they arrive to start the party right away
This will help make them happy and get them in a happy mood. Thirsty and hungry people milling about is not a great look.
Set food and drink stations at a central location and close to each other
That way, people don’t spread out too much, and you encourage conversation and even dancing.
Don’t forget to plan for the end of the party
It’s always a good idea to have a plan in place for how you’ll wrap up the party and say goodbye to your guests. Consider having a designated driver or offering to call a ride-sharing service for anyone who has had too much to drink. You could also set a specific end time for the party so that guests know when it’s time to go home.
Summing It Up
By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to throwing a successful and memorable party that your guests will be talking about for weeks to come. Let’s go, and let’s have fun!