Everyone loves a good party no matter what the celebration is – or even if there isn’t any reason behind the party. The actual fact of everyone getting together, having a laugh and creating memories is all that counts. But there are those significant moments in life like birthdays, anniversaries and engagements where you want to make that extra bit of effort, more than a few drinks and some music blasting through some speakers. And in those cases you need to think of a few, simple elements that creates the ultimate party.
Choose a place that is appropriate for the occasion. A bar for a baby shower is probably not the best place, where a family or close friends house is perfect. Also think of the season – a summer baby shower could be amazing in a beautiful garden, just make sure you have a contingency plan for unexpected weather changes. It also needs to be big enough for the amount of guests you’re inviting, but not too big that the space feels half-empty. Is there enough seating? Or is the event a predominately standing occasion? Even so, you need enough seating for when people get tired or need a rest. Are you serving food? If Yes, then you need to think about the facilities available in the space, and the same goes for serving drinks.
At the end of the day it’s the people who make the party. Invite the people you want there and not the people who you feel you should invite. If you’re throwing the party for someone else then get them to make the guest list, or, if it’s a surprise party, make sure that the people you’re inviting are actually people who they will want there and not just a random mix of people from their Facebook friends. Give people enough notice to book off work, but not too long to forget they’re going – about six weeks in advance is plenty of time.
Who needs a fanciest space if you have the right people and good food? You need to decide on what you’re serving – canapés, a sit down meal, finger food and cake shop cupcakes? You don’t have to pay out for a catering company, but if you do make sure that you choose a reputable company with good reviews. If you’re cooking yourself, then make sure that you are aware of any dietary restrictions your guests have, and cook for other people not just for your own preference. If you’re throwing a themed party, then why not try and match the food to the theme? Like pink and blue cupcakes at a baby shower, or tropical punch at a luau.
The entertainment you choose for your party doesn’t have to be more than good music and good people, but for events like a baby shower you might need to step it up a notch. But there are so many fun games for baby showers that you can do that are just hilarious for everyone. If you’re going big with your party then you might want to think about a live band or singer, or maybe you just throw a karaoke machine into the mix for a truly 90s throwback.