While attending parties is always a blast, throwing a party can be extremely stressful. After all, you want to make sure everyone is having a great time, and that’s a huge responsibility! If you’re throwing a big shindig and want your guests to have the time of their lives, think outside the box to make it the event of the year. Here are some of our favorite ideas for parties we’d R.S.V.P. for in a heartbeat.
Stick to a theme
Some of the most fun parties are those during the Halloween season. Playing dress-up for a night gives you the chance to play a role and be someone else for the evening. Keep that same feeling all year ‘round with throwing a costume party during any season. A masquerade, 80’s prom, Hawaiian luau, roarin’ 20’s, any reason to dress up (and buy a new outfit!) adds a little something extra to the event. Keep the theme going with the food you serve and in the decor to create the right atmosphere. You can even curate a special playlist for the party to really set the mood.
Hire live entertainment
One way to get a party rolling is to hire a band or DJ for your event. Music is an important piece of any real party, but often, that’s the only type of live entertainment we think of for a party. There are so many other options for talented performers that can make a party unforgettable. For a children’s party, we often think of hiring a clown or a magician, but the same idea works for adult events as well. Circus performers, comedians, or impersonators for hire can give your party a fun vibe and entertain guests during times when there might be a lull in conversation.
Play some games
When you think of party games, you might think of two particular types – one, a slow-moving night of Monopoly with a small group of friends, or two, a rowdy game of beer pong and chugging frat-boy-style. There are so many other options for group activities that you may not have considered that will put the family board game night to shame. There is a board game trend resurfacing in popular culture right now that has resulted in a lot of great games for small and big parties alike. The raunchy Cards Against Humanity is a crowd pleaser that everyone is familiar with. If you like something spooky, give Betrayal at House on the Hill a try, or keep it traditional and host a poker night. Games are a great ice breaker, especially if you’re worried about guests who aren’t acquainted mingling with each other.
If you’re throwing a party in one of the warmer months and you have a yard, deck, or outdoor venue available, consider bringing the party outside. If you’re worried about rain, a combination indoor-outdoor party works best. Having some room outside to move around allows guests to move outside for more personal conversations or to get some fresh air. Get creative outside and include picnic blankets, string lights, or a bonfire to create a comfortable atmosphere for a relaxing night. You can even create s’mores bags for guests to enjoy around the campfire or set out cushions and blankets for late-night stargazing. Splurge on a projector and create a drive-in-style party in your yard with a movie projected on the side of the house or a large tarp, and let guests enjoy a movie night under the stars.
Spruce up the menu
It’s always great to have some easy items on hand at a party, like pigs in a blanket or chicken wing dip. Don’t be afraid to get creative with a few menu items, though. If you’re throwing a theme party, keep with the aesthetic and create some unforgettable dishes for your guests. You can even incorporate the menu into the theme and host an event like a sushi-making night. Pinterest is a great place for unique food recipes for parties. A popular party staple right now is a donut wall, dessert bar, or a brunch station for midday parties.
13 thoughts on “5 Ways to Spice Up Your Next Party”
These are great tips for parties! Kids and adults love playing games and good finger foods are always a winner!
These are all good tips to help organise a great party. There is so much to think about and sometimes it’s best to make sure you are organised well in advance.
I used to work as a party planner and your tips are exactly what I did! Picking a theme was my favorite part. I love the idea of sprucing up the menu!
Amazing tips!!! Especially now in Summer, these tips are great…Thank you so much.
Solid advice! Good music and excellent food should be the cornerstone of all parties!
I love organizing parties for family and friends. This tips will help me to organize the next party even better. I am saving this.
I always have a theme for any party I host. And, if it’s a party for the kids, we usually do it outside. It’s much easier to keep the mess to a minimum and the kids enjoy running around the backyard.
When our kids were younger we loved to do themes based on their favorite book at the time. Fun ideas!
Great tips, I think sometimes my favorite part is playing games with friends and family.
I love entertaining. You gave some great ideas to make a party a hit.
I love the idea of hiring a DJ or performers. This is especially great when it’s little kids parties and a princess or character can make an appearance.
Oooo so many fabulous party tips!!!! I’m all about a theme when planning parties! Makes them way more fun
Love this post! We really should be maximising our time outdoors more!