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Posted on 12.16.2014 / by Cedar Door
There’s more to throwing a party than inviting people over and setting out some food. You can make a birthday, anniversary or holiday get-together even more special with some advanced planning and a bit of creativity. The ultimate event spurs stories and chatter that put your name on the social map. If you really want to blow your guests out of the water, try some of these party planning ideas.
Nothing wows your guests like a stunning view. Choose the most scenic place in town to host your gala. Think in terms of a rooftop, penthouse or waterfront venue.
Put a new twist on a classic party theme. Host a masquerade party where guests must wear a mask over their eyes or faces. Ask them to wear white and neon colors. Create a funky atmosphere with black lights and glow-in-the-dark party favors.
Most people dread going to a party where they don’t know anyone. Make it easy for your guests to meet new people. As each person enters the party, give them a small card with another person’s name on it. They must find and meet this person, then present them to a server or bartender to claim a door prize.
Have a winter wonderland party when it’s 75 degrees and sunny. Offer a wintry mix of fake snow, white decorations, holiday music and hot hors d’oeuvres. Invite your guests to dress for the occasion.
Stave off a chilly winter night with an indoor luau. Provide a tropical menu, leis, umbrella drinks and Hawaiian or beach music.
Balloons always make an event more festive. Add a balloon arch for guests to pass through by the entrance. Colorful helium balloons with spiral ribbons will up the tempo of your party.
When planning an anniversary party, consider a theme from the year the happy couple was married. Find some noteworthy events from that year to use as focal points in decorations and centerpieces. Play music in keeping with the theme.
Is the mom-to-be a little self-conscious of her belly size? Ask all invitees to come dressed with a fake baby bump to put her at ease. She will probably have the smallest one there.
Celebrate a birthday or graduation with a chocolate-only menu. Some items might include a chocolate dipping fountain, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cheesecake and chocolate parfait. Wash it all down with chocolate milk.
Avoid the letdown of the post-holiday season. Throw a party for Beer Can Appreciation Day each year on January 24. Invite your friends to bring their favorite beer in a can. Serve heavy hors d’oeuvres or a casual menu. Have some glasses printed to commemorate the occasion. Drinking games are optional. Don’t forget the ice.
Part of the fun of throwing a party is making sure your guests have a great time. An element of surprise and a hint of silliness or elegance are sure to blow your guests out of the water.