4 Tips for Party Planning


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“Party rockers in the house tonight / Everybody just have a good time,” goes the chorus of LMFAO’s hit “Party Rock Anthem.” People need joy perhaps more than ever these days, so give the people what they want with the party of a lifetime.

It all starts with proper party planning. Diligent, fun-oriented party planning can turn a boring get-together into a rocking party. Discover four tips to help you plan your next party by reading on.

1. Gather Food

What’s a party without food? Hint: It’s not a party.

Get this party started with food fit for royalty, and lots of it. Start with sandwiches.

Complement the sandwiches with popcorn. Throw in some salt, melted butter, and a special spice to enrich the taste. Try adding Cajun spices, Chinese 5-spice powder, or Spanish smoked paprika.

Next up are nachos. Cover tortilla chips in canned jalapenos, canned black beans, shredded cheese, and jarred salsa. Melt the cheese under the broiler.

Stuff your guests with antipasto. Get little balls of mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, and marinated pepperoncini. Put them in small bowls and your guests won’t be able to resist.

Quench your guests’ thirst with assorted beverages for all tastes. Beer, wine, and soda are good choices.

Juices and lemonades are refreshing, too. Check out this cocktail company.

2. Turn the Music Up

Music is essential to any party. It’s the universal language and the soundtrack to life. Parties are obviously supposed to be fun, so enliven yours with a jubilant playlist.

Create a playlist on your preferred streaming service or choose a pre-made one. Remember that the tone of the music will directly affect the party’s vibes.

Consider starting with some “warm-up” songs to ease partygoers into a festive mood. Then, get the party rocking with a more upbeat, celebratory selection.

As the party wears on, gradually wind it down with de-escalatory songs that nudge guests toward leaving. That way, they won’t overstay their welcome.

3. It’s the Little Things

Food is a necessary but insufficient condition for a party. There’s more to it.

Like a cake. While technically food as well, cake is a finishing touch that provides a (literally) sweet ending to any get-together. Baking a cake by yourself not only saves you money, but it also lets you add your own personal touches to your party.

Even a plain, simple cake gets the job done. Cake goes hand-in-hand with party favors, which don’t have to be expensive either. Give your guests a “thank you for coming” gift.

4. Choose the Right Theme and Guests

The quality of your guests is more important than the quantity of them. Don’t invite people solely for the sake of having more guests.

Have a few close friends or only family members over. Relatedly, choose a party theme that lends itself to fun activities and games. Use cheap materials to create custom games.

You may want to choose a venue (besides your home) that can accommodate the scope of activities planned.

Precise Party Planning

“Live for today, plan for tomorrow / Party tonight, party tonight,” Drake once sang. Party planning has become a cottage industry unto itself. Professional party planners charge top dollar for their services.

You, however, don’t need to pay for a professional now that you’ve read this article. You can plan an exhilarating party all by yourself.

Learn how else you can entertain houseguests in the site’s Home & Leisure section.




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