Humans are social animals. We always crave a sense of belonging and community. We are an ecosystem of interrelated needs and provisions – a never-ending cycle of growing away yet being strictly dependent on our fellow beings.
Nevertheless, when hosting any form of social gathering, there is no shortage of pressure to plan a memorable event that will be worth attending. Let’s look at some of the fun, tried-and-tested ideas that you can include in the next party you throw. Don’t blame us for the mess, hangover, or welcomed exhaustion that follows later.
Arrange a House Tour
Don’t be shy when you are with your friends. You can allow them to move around and play. Hide and seek is the best birthday party game if you are inviting your college friends and cousins. This game will make you remember your childhood once again and make the party memorable. It will also allow your guests to get to know you more as they get a private viewing of your home and can take a look at all the memorabilia you have collected over the years.
The theme sets the tone of your spectacular party, and a well-planned theme is sure to help bring the group together. Simply planning the perfect costume is an experience in and of itself that’s sure to build anticipation and excitement among your guests. And let’s not mention the many conversation starters to be derived from the humorous costumes your friends will don. You could choose to do the incredibly inventive ‘The 80’s’, Rubik’s Cube party, or a Seven Deadly Sins party. Just make sure you inform all of your guests so that everyone has adequate time to prepare.
Along with that, you can also light up the gaming arena. If you are about to celebrate a kid’s birthday, foosball tables are perfect for making the event memorable. Snooker tables, billiards, and pool are other options too! Some of your friends might even surprise you with their hidden talent for striking the ball and taking a winning score and cheering with signature cocktails and funky straws!
Music is critical for a variety of reasons. To begin with, no one wants to stay at a party if the music is awful and the ambiance is even worse. Make a large enough playlist well in advance and start playing it as soon as your guests arrive. If you’re feeling very inventive, try arranging a birthday party playlist that includes chit-chat music, followed by some ragers to get everyone dancing, and then a final hour or two of more relaxing music to cap things out.
Decorate Like a DIVA
Infusing simple elements of party décor into the venue can make your guests feel special. Installing welcome signs is a good way to set an inviting atmosphere. Outdoor weatherproof overhead lights can do a great deal in creating a festive look.
Cock-and-Bull Time Story
We’ve all been there: your punctual pals arrive at the precise hour you requested, while your slacker buddies come after attending three other parties and remain until the sun rises. Give individuals different start and end times to maintain a consistent flow of attendees at your party. Tell your punctual friends to arrive at 10 p.m., and your tardy ones to arrive at 8 p.m., so that, hopefully, the majority of your guests end up arriving at the same time.
So you have a house full of beautiful individuals, but none of them speak to each other? That’s awful! It’s your responsibility as the party host to get people chatting – after all, you’re probably the only one they have in common. Invite your guests to participate in dancing or games (ring of fire is always a hit), play cupid, and do anything it takes to get them talking. It will be much easier for everyone to make friends this way.
Don’t Forget to Enjoy
You’ve gone to such lengths to organize the perfect party — now relax and enjoy it! Have a good time with your pals and be involved in everything. Immerse yourself in conversations with strangers, soak up the attention, and bask in the smugness of having held the most elaborate house party your friends have ever been to. The next time you throw a party, they’ll indeed brace themselves for another record-breaking party.
When planning a special day for you and your friends, these great party ideas can leave lifelong memories and help you create and maintain stronger, more meaningful bonds.