Everyone loves a party. It’s a great time to unwind, reconnect with friends, and have a good laugh. So, whether it’s a raging party or a fancy soiree, your main goal is to ensure that you and your guests have a good time.
Admittedly, hosting a party or event can be stressful, as much planning goes into these things. It can be hard to keep up with everything you need to do to ensure your event goes hitch-free. For this reason, we have curated four tips to guide you when hosting your next party or event.
1. Maintain a reasonable budget.
The number one tip for hosting any kind of party or event is to have a budget. Every host feels obligated to give their guests the best party characterized by the best food menu, drinks, incredible decorations, and the perfect venue. Unfortunately, this type of thinking can drill holes in your wallet.
On that note, the smart thing to do is to set a clearly defined budget. Your budget is expected to be a guiding principle that’ll influence every other decision. From the type of event you want to host to the number of guests and meal plan.
For instance, if you’re planning a children’s party where lots of ice-cream will be served, a budget helps you decide if you can afford to rent an ice cream truck for the day. Alternatively, you can opt for a soft serve ice cream machine rental. A soft serve machine comes in handy if you’re on a low budget. These machines have a high performance, and they’re easy to set up.
2. Always pick a suitable theme.
A themed party is an instant mood lifter. Besides the fact that it gets people excited way before the event day, it’s also a great way to save you, the host, time, energy, and cash. However, this doesn’t mean you have to go over the top to make your dream theme come to life. There are easy ways to decide on a theme.
You can start by looking at the season. Is it a holiday celebration? If so, you can look around your house for extra supplies that may be lying around from previous parties. For example, if you have extra cocktail umbrellas, and it’s summertime, you can have a tropical theme party.
When picking a theme, remember not to make it solely about your preference—unless it’s your birthday party and you’re sure your guests won’t mind your choice. The reason is, while a theme can get some guests excited, it can also deter others from attending your event. So make sure you choose something people already have in their closet, or if you’re friends with like-minds, choose something you all fan about.
For instance, you can make your theme about colors or have a makeover theme, where you and all your friends take a break from flaunting your natural lashes and dress up with lush lash extensions. For some, this could be their first time using eyelash extensions, so your party will be a memorable time for them. Besides, an eyelash extension kit isn’t expensive, so everyone can afford to attend the party.
3. Build excitement weeks before the party.
The best parties have much more to do with the people’s energy in the room than whatever plans you have put in place. The point is, when planning a party or event, your focus should be on ensuring everyone comes in with the right energy. Likewise, they should leave with even more vibrant energy. One way to do this is to build the excitement.
Thanks to social media and the internet, it’s pretty easy to create an online presence and get people talking about an upcoming event. For instance, you can create a hashtag on Twitter so that guests can read and share conversations about the party. Alternatively, building a website is a more intimate way to keep the conversation going and document your party.
For instance, assuming you’re hosting a party to mark a parent’s golden jubilee. This is a remarkable milestone so you’ll want to document it in everyway possible. You can, for instance, create a WordPress blog using a VPS server (Virtual Private Server).
This type of cloud server provides you with dedicated resources to help you manage your website in a dedicated hosting environment scaled to suit your usage. Additionally, you don’t need to have any technical knowledge to get started. A reliable web hosting company will ensure a technical support team is ready to handle whatever downtime or issues you experience.
4. Set the mood with good music and fun decorations.
Now that you have your essentials ready, the next step is to set the mood. Clean your house, put up theme-appropriate decorations, create a playlist, or have a DJ on standby. Also, make sure your entire setup and seating are arranged in a way that’ll get people interacting.
A great way to engage your crowd is to assign someone to take charge of ‘connecting the dots.’ This person’s job will be to make sure no one feels lonely. Alternatively, prepare some icebreaker games that’ll make people loosen up and have a great time.