It’s common knowledge, the best parties take weeks or even months to plan, and the key to success is organisation. Here we have a couple of ideas to make sure your party is a hit.
The recession still has a grip on us, and money is still fairly tight, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. Your first major expense is already paid for. You have the venue already. All you need now is to work out what you’re going to do.
Firstly, think of your audience and the type of party. Is it a Garden Party in the summer for just the adults? Or are you also going to have younger people there? Is it a high end dinner party, or simply a buffet with music and copious amounts of alcohol? Maybe a kids party? Below are a couple of ideas to get your imagination going.
If you’re having a garden party in summer, the first thing you’ll need is a Gazebo, this will prevent food being ruined if an unexpected shower comes. You may want to get a couple of disposable BBQ’s too (one for Meat and one for Veg). Sangria always goes down well during summer too.
Dinner Parties are a little more tricky to organise, firstly you have to think of the guest list. Ideally you should have 8 people, and they should be a mixture of singles, couples, strangers and acquaintances. You should also individually invite your guests, not send a group email, because that makes the party more interesting for the guests, and you never know, a strong friendship could be forged.
Kids parties don’t have to be a nightmare, you can keep the kids under control without going all Ms. Trunchbull on the little darlings. Start off by planning and organising activities for them to do during the party. Games like pin the tail on the donkey, sweet pong (fill small cups with little prizes and whoever gets a ball in that cup wins the prize, keep going until everyone has won one), even doing some small crafts. You could give it a theme, such as books, or just have a teddy bears picnic.
The food is pretty easy for kids parties, mini sausage rolls, Tuna, Ham, Cheese and Chicken sandwiches, crisps and enough juice to sink the Titanic and you have a basic kids buffet, add what else you want to it. You could hold a tea party, using iced tea and serving up finger sandwiches, scones and cakes. The possibilities are endless.
If you want to do something a little more unusual, you could hold a taster night, I went to one and it was Scottish Whiskeys and foods from different regions. We all got a shot of a whiskey and a taster of locally produced food(s), and then a small but fascinating history of that particular area and how the food and drink came to be and how the whiskeys were individually prepared.
Just a few ideas, your house parties don’t have to descend into debauchery.