5 Tips for Your Next Get Together
April 11, 2011
Hello Everyone! Party Planner and Social Media Guru Ryan here to tell you some things you may not have thought about when planning your party.
Whether this is your first event or your 50th, there are some basic things you can do to make your party a success!
1. Have guests RSVP if Possible.
Even if your event isn't a big special occasion like a wedding, having guests RSVP is not only prudent, it's necessary. Don't feel like you are imposing by making your guests confirm whether or not they will attend your party. Knowing the number of guests you will have in attendance will help you plan for many things such as seating and the amount of food to be prepared as well as beverages to have on hand. You don't want to find yourself with too little of anything and even having too much can be a burden.
2. Pick the Right Music.
If you want people to be able to dance, be sure to have enough space set aside and be sure to play dance music when the time is right. Having popular dance songs playing the moment people arrive will only have you replaying them later when people are finally ready to cut loose. Conversely, if your party will focus around people mingling and having conversations, keep your music volume lower and make a playlist/selection that will keep your partygoers energy where you want it. Jazz may be too soft for some, but 80's guitar rock could be overpowering.
*Also, don't cede control of your music to your guests if at all possible. Requests will be made, but letting others constantly skip to new music will leave your guests wondering why the songs keep changing.
3. Decorate or Don't.
If you are going to have a theme party, go big or go home! Don't put up only a handful of decorations if what you have can only barely decorate a single room. Having minimal decor will only highlight the lack of other decorations throughout your space. Wholesale party supply companies like ours are a great place to pick up a lot of items for not a lot of money. Especially if you purchase during the off season for certain party supplies (Christmas in July, anyone?) you can find great deals you otherwise would have missed.
4. BYOB is Fine by Me.
Unless you are rolling in money or have a fully stocked bar at all times, there is nothing wrong with allowing guests to bring their own beer (booze). This is certainly a cost saving measure, but it also guarantees that your guests will be drinking the drink of their choice. Having the alcohol that is the choice of each guest is a tall order. Allowing guests to bring their own can also lead to less consumption over all as guests are likely to only bring what they feel they will need. This can help prevent drunk driving.
5. Party Favors aren't just for Kids!
Everyone likes getting a little extra something, no matter what. If your party has a theme, choose a small knick-knack that goes along with it that each guest can take away with them. Anything pocket size should do the trick. If your party doesn't have a theme, you can choose from a wider range of items. Just select something small and fun. From light up items and squishy things to key chains and noisemakers, any fun favor will leave your guests with a positive keepsake from you party!