There is much thought that goes into throwing the perfect birthday party; no matter what the occasion, we want everything to go smoothly, we want guests to have a good time, and we want people to remember it as one of the social highlights of the year. Young or old, it is nice to be celebrated and honored in a way that makes us feel special. Here are some tips for throwing your next epic birthday bash!
1. Choose an amazing venue
If your house is one that can accommodate dozens of people with plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors, go all out with some decor and get planning. On the other hand, if you are like most of us, you’d rather choose a venue that can house everyone without tearing up your personal space. It’s all about the venue—if your really want to take things up a notch, consider renting out a larger space that will allow for more decorating options and even third party entertainment. The best part? You don’t necessarily have to clean up everything; you can celebrate alongside everyone else and trust the cleanup to someone else.
2. Think outside the box with respect to entertainment
A typical birthday party includes balloons, cake, and perhaps a DJ to liven things up a bit. If you really want to make your party something special, think outside the box when it comes to entertainment; have a theme that involves bringing in professionals to keep the party flowing. How about a casino night where you hire a company to bring in blackjack and roulette tables? An olympic theme or murder-mystery night would be something memorable for your guests to experience as well, and with an abundance of entertainment companies for hire these days, there are no shortage of ideas for unique party fun.
3. Serve creative food and drink
Along with themed entertainment, consider serving up food and drink that complement your entertainment choices perfectly. Fifties diner food and cocktails would go perfectly with a “back to the fifties” theme, while a Hawaiian luau could boast delicious pulled pork sandwiches and tropical, fruity drinks. If you don’t want the hassle of coordinating all of this food fare yourself, hire out the work so you can enjoy yourself a bit more on this special occasion.
4. Play dress up
When sending out invitations, communicate to your guests your intention when it comes to your party theme, and have people dress the part! Whether it’s swimwear, suit and tie, or a costume party, everyone will show up committed to making the evening a smashing success.
5. Give the playlist some TLC
Music is a crucial element for any party; taking some time to craft the perfect party playlist will keep your guests entertained for hours. Give some thought to how some mellow music would work to welcome everyone in, and how some more upbeat and popular music would serve the evening well once the food and drinks start flowing. Check with the guest of honor to make sure their favorites are included on the list, and you may even open up the list for requests to keep guests entertained and engaged.
Regardless of your party size, theme, or offerings, following these simple tips will ensure that your birthday party is the social event of the season. Cheers to a new year and a fabulous time!