How to make your party memorable

Twotablesportraitladiesluncheon copyAny one can invite people over and serve them drinks and food, but is that enough to have your guests raving about your party or event? There are many boring events out there, don’t let yours be one of them. You want your guests to feel special and doing this can be easier than you think.

It doesn’t have to be something huge to make your party or event memorable it can be the little touches that can make all the difference.

Many people enjoy this part of the party planning process as it can be fun and you can let your creative juices flow.

Some key tips to help you make your party memorable:

Choose a theme. When planning a party and to make it memorable it helps to choose a theme. This doesn’t mean all of your guests have to dress in white or as their favourite movie stars – a theme can be discreet. Such as a particular color or cuisine. A creative theme can make your party feel special without adding too much to your budget. It will also help you come up with ideas for food, refreshments and decorations.

Be creative with the invitation. The best way to start to make your event memorable is in the invitation. You can be really creative here and it’s a really great way to get people excited about your party.

E-vites or electronic invitations are becoming much more popular these days. You can create intricate invitations using many web sites and programs or you can even use a social networking site to send an invitation or reminder to people on your guest list.

Think outside the box if you are considering posting an invite to your guests. You can make your invite stand out by using texture or smell. You can shape the invite to suit your theme or send something three dimensional. Place items inside the envelope to represent your theme like a casino chip for a poker night or a mini thong for a pool party.

When creating your invitations, ensure that all important details are included, like location, time, date, dress code, and so on. Providing directions can also be a great addition, especially for clients who have to travel some way to attend the party.

Quality vs Quantity. If you are going for a low key affair, but still want it to be memorable, make sure that you think high quality. Serve beautiful cocktails and splash out a bit more on spectacular food.

Something surprising. If you want to add a bit more pizazz to your event you may want to think of a surprise act. Maybe a contortionist inside a clear ball, that floats in your pool, or some fire jugglers. You could hire some glow furniture and a cocktail bar. Or transform your back yard into a middle eastern lounge with piles of cushions, low tables and colored glass lanterns. You could do something elegant and simple such as a pianist playing a grand piano on the balcony.

Be creative. You can really let your imagination run free here, and we haven’t even gone over decorations! Candles, flowers, balloons, banners, lights etc….

How to make sure you enjoy the party

What’s the point in going to all of the effort to throw an amazing party if you don’t get to enjoy it yourself? Here are some tips on how to get ready for your special occasion, how to look your best, feel relaxed so that you can join in on all the fun!

The pre-party primp

The host should always be the star of the show. Everyone is coming to spend time with you, right? You should look your best. Take this chance to look and feel fabulous. No doubt you spend most of your week in your jeans and t-shirt or work clothes, so why not let tonight be your night?

  • Struggling to decide what to wear? Think of a style inspiration. Find a role model. Look at magazines, trawl the Internet and find someone whose style you like. Study them and find an outfit you would love to wear and mimic it. Ask a stylish friend to help you shop for a second opinion. Do this well ahead of your party in case you find something that needs to be altered. Most hemlines can easily be adjusted and sleeves can be shortened.
  • Flaunt your assets and play down your flaws. Ladies – if you’ve got great legs, wear a short skirt or a dress with a fabulous slit. If you’re a larger lady, consider quality shapewear. Why not? Celebrities do!
  • Ladies – Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise. Highlight your chosen outfit with dazzling jewels and killer heels.
  • Lads – Take this opportunity to dress it up a notch. Dress in an outfit that makes you feel good and confident.

Planning

Being organised is really the key to being a relaxed host. Follow the experts, have checklists and use them. Tick things off as you go. It helps you track your progress and it will help you feel confident that things under control. Plan well ahead, and shop for any non-perishable items well in advance.

Asking for help

Don’t feel as if you have to do everything yourself. Ask your friends or family to help. Give them shopping lists or allocate duties to them. If you have a friend with a great CD collection ask them to organise the playlist. If you have a friend who’s great at decorating ask them for some practical ideas. Invite a close friend to come by early to help you with the finishing touches and share that first drink together. Assign your partner to set up the bar and to do the ice run.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Many of your friends would love to help and it makes them feel part of the evening. Be sure to thank them by raising a toast to them during the night.

Time out before the party

Take time out before your guests arrive. Have everything organised well in advance so you can take some time to get ready and pamper yourself. This will help you to be relaxed and ready when you greet your guests. You definitely don’t want to still be racing around tidying up or still hanging decorations.

Ladies – book in to see your hairdresser and get them to blow dry and style your hair for the evening. Beautifully styled hair makes us all feel fabulous. If you have something special in mind, take in a picture of the look you are after.

Why not get your makeup professionally done, too? Ensure you take a picture of something that you like or the look you are wanting to recreate. If you are wanting to go for something other than your normal makeup or look, and you’re doing it yourself, make sure you practice beforehand. If you are like me, anything more than foundation, mascara and lippy gets frightening. Practice is very necessary. You don’t want to look like a bad painting (…or the joker!).

Men – Why not book in for a professional shave, lock in a massage or get your hair styled too?

Key tips to make you feel like a guest at your own party

  1. Make your first priority to have fun. A happy host equals happy guests.
  2. Don’t try to perfect everything. Your guests are there to see you and have fun, not critique on how you have styled your house or set your dinner table.
  3. Plan well ahead. It really will help you to feel calm and relaxed if you’re 100% ready for your guests when they arrive.
  4. Give some of your guests stuff to do (they’re your hospitality team). Most people like to play an active role at a party. Assign someone to pouring drinks or clearing plates.
  5. Hide dirty dishes and glassware in the laundry or somewhere out of sight. Deal with them after the party.
  6. Holding a bigger party? Hire outside help, such as a caterer, or wait staff, to take the pressure off.