Everyone loves a party and no matter what, it is never hard to find an excuse to have a party. You passed your exams? Great! Let’s have a party! You have probably been to lots of parties over the years. I bet some of them were great, but others less so. However, being invited to a party and actually organizing a party are two different things. There is a lot that can go wrong, so here are a few tips to help you with planning your first party – in style.
Planning Your First Party
Here are some things to consider and do when planning your first party.
Will Anyone Come?
The hardest part about organizing a party is getting over the irrational fear that nobody will come. No matter how popular we are, it is natural to wonder if anyone is going to show up on the big day. Stories in the press of cute kids whose so-called friends and classmates were all no-shows on the day make things worse.
Put Party Feelers Out
To prevent this from happening to you, whether by accident or design, put out the feelers a couple of weeks before the planned event to gauge whether prospective guests are available and interested in attending. Call them, text them, skype them, Facebook them, or flag them down in the street. Broach the subject in a casual way and find out how much interest there is. Once you have established whether anyone is likely to come, you can set a date and send out invitations noting the time and place of your party.
Always invite twice as many people as you want to come. People always drop out at the last minute due to work or other urgent commitments, or are flaky enough to forget. By having an excess of guests, it won’t matter if a few don’t turn up on the day.
The more people you invite, the larger the venue you will need. For a first party, it is probably sensible not to go too overboard in case things to a bit wrong, but think about whether you want to hold a party at home (and have a ton of clearing up to do after the event), or book a party venue or check out party rentals Orlando – and let someone else take care of the clearing up.
Simple parties are just as much fun as large parties and it’s perfectly possible to hold a successful party where you and a few mates order a take-out curry and play monopoly for the evening. On the other hand, if you are planning a larger party, more sophisticated entertainment will be needed in the form of music, a band, or party games. Planning a party for kids? Check out these entertainment ideas for kids’ parties.
Food and Drink
You don’t need to go too mad with the nibbles. A few buffet style snacks will go down just fine, but if you are feeding a lot of people, consider a BBQ or hog roast. In the case of drinks, suggest everyone brings a bottle or hire a pop-up bar.
Lastly, don’t issue an open invitation on social media unless you want hundreds of random people to turn up and cause a riot.