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When it comes to social gathering events, house parties are ahead of their game. Unlike with most other parties, when hosting a house party, you get to manage the guest list, choose the music playlist, and decide what kind of games your guests will play.
You also have complete control over the food and drinks. Although these upsides attract a great deal of responsibility, and if you don’t satisfy your guests’ expectations, the chances of them honoring your next invitation will be slim.
Below are some tips to help you host the perfect house party:
1. Pick a theme
One key benefit of house parties is the opportunity to make new friends, and the outfits people wear in response to themed parties usually make great conversation starters. You can consider different theme ideas such as golf, holiday, and pirate.
By choosing a theme for your party, you will not only have a room filled with people who share your interests, but also the chance to get creative with the food and decorations.
2. Be brave with the guest list
After choosing a theme for your party, you are probably going to invite your close friends, but don’t just stop there. Invite some of your classmates and colleagues at work, then ask them to invite some of their friends too.
The goal is to have an exclusive group of guests who will interact with one another and, hopefully, establish new relationships. Just be careful not to invite anyone who is known to be loud or inappropriate—nothing kills the life of a party like a literal killjoy.
3. Decorate the party area
Well-placed decor pieces are also great additions to a house party, especially when they reflect the party’s theme or vibes.
For instance, if you are throwing a Harry-Potter-themed party, you can install decorations such as floating candles, owl balloons, and Hogwarts’ house banners to suggest a magical atmosphere. Adding antique lighting to your space will help you to complete the look.
4. Organise a playlist
The songs on your playlist should be well-curated to match the ambiance and vibe of your party. One way to do this is to organize some relaxing music for when the guests start rolling in, then switch to upbeat jams when it’s time for everyone to get their groove on.
Later on, when the party is almost over, and the dancing has died down, you can play mellow songs to bring the night to a close.
5. Plan games and fun activities
Along with good music, games and other fun activities will make your party a more enjoyable experience. Luckily, there are so many options to try out—from Truth or Dare to classic board and card games, your guests are bound to have a fun time together.
If you can afford it, you may also rent a karaoke machine and watch your friends channel their inner Taylor Swift.
6. Set up food and drink stations
If you can’t hire a bartender to mix and serve drinks at your party, you don’t have to play the role and miss out on all the fun.
You could set aside a coffee table to serve as a drink station, and place on it an assortment of drinks, mixers, ice cubes, etc., so your guests can spice their drinks to their taste. It’s also a good idea to have another coffee table at the center of the room to serve snacks and hors d’oeuvres.
The best thing about this idea is that it’s inexpensive. If you don’t have any don’t worry you can probably get some delivered within a few days if you look online. If you need some inspiration, I’ve found this website www.furco.co.uk/coffee-tables to have a good variety of tables and it’s a good place to start getting some ideas that may work in your home.