Certain moments in life just warrant a good party — eighteenth birthday celebrations, the birth of a child, wedding receptions and after parties, landing your dream job, or finally buying a house, are just a few of the occasions when it might be appropriate to plan a great shindig.
Of course, if you’re going to host or arrange this kind of party, you don’t want to do anything by half measures. You want to make that your event is the kind that will live on in memory for years to come. Or at least a good couple of weeks.
So if you’re thinking about hosting a party to commemorate and celebrate some special occasion, here are a few tips to set you on the right track.
Consider hiring a chef or catering company
Food is one of the most important elements of any good party. In fact, there’s a good argument to be made that food might be the single most important element.
Think about it for a second; if you have the best music in town, the best venue, and the suavest presentation, but no food, and don’t warn anyone to eat in advance, what are the odds that everyone’s going to have the time of their lives?
Probably not too high.
Hiring a private chef has many benefits for an event such as this — particularly If you’re expecting a large number of guests to turn up — but you might also consider a catering company, or even bribing a few of your friends to help you do some cooking on an industrial scale, if you’re comfortable with dedicating a day or so to churning out meals.
Consider a location that’ll have the right atmosphere
The type of party you’re planning on having, and the number of people you’re expecting to turn up, will have a major impact on the ideal setting for the event.
If you’re looking to host a few of your closest friends to commemorate a relatively minor but still meaningful event, and you have enough space at home, hosting a barbecue in your back garden may well be the path forward.
If, on the other hand, you’re hosting a wedding reception with dozens of friends and relatives in attendance, and are planning the merrymaking to last for a full weekend, you’d be best off renting a hall.
Other settings will suit different sorts of events.
Make sure the soundtrack is second to none
So, food is seriously important, but there’s no such thing as a party without music. Well, probably not a good party, anyway.
One of the best ways of ensuring that your party is as successful as it could possibly be, is to lovingly craft the soundtrack so that it’s second to none.
Don’t just make this about your personal favourite hits, but include things that others are likely to enjoy, and a good helping of classics that everyone will be able to sing along to.
Asking for music suggestions beforehand, from the guests, is a great way to go here.