three top tips for a wicked party
I’ve been to lots and lots of parties. Upwards of 70 a year for ten years. And I reckon these three things are the difference between a good party and a smashing, one to remember, all-out shin dig. I know there is the catering and the grog and the invitations and the everything else that goes on, but these three things I have noticed over and over again.
turn the freakin' lights down
We’re not at the shops. The aim of the game is to have relaxed guests in an intimate setting regardless of the size of your party. Dimmed lighting allows your guests to let their hair out and not feel like a rabbits trapped in the headlights. People feel sexier and are more likely to dance in dimmed lighting. Lower the down lights, turn on your lamps or use everyone’s favourite beauty makeover – candles.
add some spin
The hands down easiest thing you can do to help you organize and execute a rocking party is using a theme. Whilst elaborate themes are great fun, simple inspiration like a colour, glitter or something significant to you really helps give your planning some focus. A theme ties together your decisions on decorations, food, drink and outfits. Ultimately the party starts way before the event, and with a theme the momentum has already begun before the first person crosses the threshold.
play some tunes
Six Pink or Beyonce songs in a row is not a playlist! You might love her, I might even like her, but there is an art to making a playlist. It is one of the first things to start when planning, not one of the last. And you’ll need two lists – one for the beginning of the party as people arrive and whilst they are eating, and one to get your dance floor roiling. Start by collecting songs on Spotify or iTunes or whatever you’re going to use. Whenever you hear a song that you love or know is great dance floor hit, add it to the list (shazam is great for this). Once you start it gets easier and easier, and as your list grows you’ll be able to sort the songs into ‘get the party started’ and ‘rock out the dance floor’. You’ll need approximately 12 songs per hour (if your party goes from 7-1 you’ll need about 72 all up) P.S. The dance floor traditionally opens up after the speeches -having wild bangers playing whilst people are greeting each other is not ideal.
and one last thing...
RELAX! I know it’s easier said than done, but your people are coming to celebrate with you, not torture you. They love you and are excited to be invited. It can be stressful being in the spotlight, so I suggest spreading the load. Get your mates to help with choosing music, putting up decorations and preparing the food. If you have a select few arrive to help out and share a pre-party drink you’ll feel more relaxed at the party start time. Or you can call me. I love awesome parties.The energy of lots of humans dancing and drinking and eating is the essence of my life. I’ll help you out. I’ve got loads of ideas to complement yours, plenty of great tucker and bar staff that are guns at pouring a drink. Plus I’ll do the dishes.