Is there a special date closing in on you? Well, it’s high time you started planning that party! But how do you throw an unforgettable event when you have zero experience in organizing anything? Here’s a little guide that will help you with some amazing tips and give you some inspo for your party.
Carefully pick your guests
Best events are a mixture of different people from all different lifestyles. But, want to keep your even just a little exclusive by limiting your guest list. A simple dinner party should go somewhere between 10 and 15 people while you might want to come up with a higher number of people for a special birthday or an anniversary (40 to 50). Remember that the best crowds include a careful mix of extrovert and introverts, business people and party people, conversationalist and listeners so pick carefully.
Create gorgeous invitations
This is an often-overlooked party ingredient, but definitely worthy of your attention—invitations. These should set the tone for your event, not just tell when and where. What is super popular today is beautiful, pastel calligraphy that’s easy to Instagram. But, you can take a more humorous route and send hysterical emails. These are easy to modify and personalize, so your guests will definitely feel special.
We live in the age of Instagram, so everyone will want to post some photos online. Give people what they want by decorating your place like a boss. Come up with a good color scheme to use as your base and then build from there. Pay special attention to certain corners (let’s call them Instagram-points) where people can go specifically to take crazy and creative photos. Set up your corner in a specific theme and everyone will rush there to take some photos for the ‘Gram. Timeless themes are definitely the beach, gala, candy, and music, but you can pick something very current in order to really leave a big mark.
Provide tasty food
If you’re doing a sit-down type of party, your meal should be the star of the evening. However, even if you want to have a party where everyone’s dancing and mingling, you still need to provide your guest with some food. Luckily, there are most likely some quality caterers in your area that can provide you with finger food and small treats. If you want to provide your own food for your casual event, choose an open bar. This way, no matter what you serve, it will find its match and people will be able to curate their own meals! No matter the event, everyone loves BBQ and chips with dips, so you can’t go wrong with that.
Pour some drinks
While you can get away with finger food and open buffet, you absolutely have to go all in on drinks if you want an unforgettable party. Want to have one of those exclusive Sex and the City parties inspired by New York City living? Well, in that case, you need to book some skilfull experts in mixology from NYC who will whip up a few tasty and colorful cocktails. They will not only surprise your guests will unexpected tastes, but also with an amazing presentation. Expect everything from ice creations and beautiful glassware to molecular experimentation and color-changing foam! If you really want a spectacle, a mixologist is a must!
Let the music play
You don’t want your party to feel like a business meeting, so set a relaxing, happy and fun mood with some upbeat music. If you’re the one making a playlist, ensure to have several hours worth of music and pick the songs that will keep the even moving forward. If you have a meal during your event, turn down the music and keep it mellow, while you can really blast some upbeat notes after to get everyone dancing. If you’re throwing a bigger event (anniversary or wedding) live musicians are a great idea.
Don’t forget the details
The best parties don’t leave anything to chance, so surprise your guests with a plethora of little yet memorable details. Place cards, a chalkboard with the menu and great party favors will make a regular party into an unforgettable event!
When everything from your guest list to your smallest details is perfect, you’ll really wow your guests and become a star event planner among your friends. Just don’t get too wrapped up in planning to forget to enjoy your own creation!