Parties are a wonderful part of life and human society. When we get together to enjoy ourselves and celebrate something wonderful like love, a birthday, or a major accomplishment, we feel more connected to each other. Of course, throwing a party can be a bit nerve-wracking. After all, you want to be sure that everyone is having a great time and that you’re creating some positive memories with everyone. The following will explore some of the things you can do to keep your party guests entertained and happy at your next event.
Party games have been around for a while, and for a good reason: they get everyone up and participating in something together; they break the ice and introduce folks who might otherwise not have spoken; they’re also a ton of fun. You can set up your own games like charades or sardines, but you can also seek out arcade games, inflatable games, giant board games, and other similar games. If you’re not sure where to find these sorts of things, you might just need to look for a local entertainment rentals company. If, for instance, you’re throwing the party in Toronto, you might want to search for: entertainment service rentals in Toronto. These companies often have a wide selection of things you would never have thought about, like all the supplies necessary for a corporate painting night or VR gaming sets.
People today love taking photos; let’s not get into whether or not humanity’s use of social media is healthy and instead think about how much fun it is to get silly and interesting photos with your friends. Setting up a photo booth with quirky props or including some installation art like a room full of mirrors or a room full of balloons can make your party a photographer’s haven. Hanging several fantasy costumes for your guests to wear before taking photographs is another way to add a fun twist to your photo booth. Even some intensely arranged streamers can turn into a spectacular photography invite (it also will make getting people pumped for the event next year even easier as they’ll have all these epic photos to remember it by).
Food Is Your Friend
Part of having fun and staying entertained at a party means that people need to have their comfort needs met. If the event is a longer one, this means you should have some kind of food available. Typically it’s expected that you have heartier fare around standard mealtimes with a plethora of snacks available in between. If people are going to be drinking at this party, you need to have food available the entire time. Food is the only thing that can actually help sober a person up, and you don’t want to be dealing with the aftermath of a party where everyone drank on an empty stomach. If the event is in a rented space, it might also be mandatory by law to have food when alcohol is being served.
It is crucial that you collect a list of severe allergies, intolerances, and dietary requirements before you plan the menu. Often food gets cross-contaminated at a party, so it’s ideal to have portions for those with allergies and restrictions kept separate.
Not all parties are kid-friendly, but a lot of them are. If your guests are going to be bringing children, make sure there are age-appropriate games and food available. You might even want to hire a babysitter or two to take the kids into another area after a certain time. This allows adults to be close to their children in the event that the kids need anything, but relatively free to enjoy the party with all the other adults.
Or maybe you will need some amazing custom-shaped inflatables like bouncy houses, little tunnels, or castles for the kids. They are eye-catching and colorful and will give your children so many impressive memories. Besides being fun, they also provide kids’ safety while parents will be busy enjoying the party.
Think About Music
Music can easily be what pulls everyone together at your party. It can also be what tears everyone apart. A good approach would be to go through some Spotify playlists for the specific type of party you’re throwing; they have everything from indie dinner party music to pop throwbacks from each era. These playlists will give you an idea of what songs might vibe with your event and help ensure that you don’t end up with one person claiming the title of DJ and playing music that everyone else hates.
The above information should help you keep your guests happy, fed, and entertained at your next party. Of course, you know your friend group or company better than anyone else. If you know your group would prefer to roast their meals over an open fire, get that organized; if you know your group desperately wants an excuse to dress up like all the characters in the extended Marvel universe, give them the excuse and throw a Marvel-themed party. Grown-up parties don’t have to have only grown-up things in them.