Throwing a party is one thing; throwing a wild party is another thing entirely. That requires the right preparation and strategy. If you’d like to throw the kind of bash that people will be talking about for years to come, you need to consider everything from your guest list to your entertainment carefully.
Choose the time. Night parties tend to have more pizazz, so choose a time after sundown for your bash. Also, select a weekend day because people will be reluctant to stay late and party hard if they have to get up and go to work the next day.
Select the locale. If planning on hosting the party at your home, make it a backyard or nighttime pool party, with limited access to the inside of your home. This will prevent drinks from getting spilled on your furniture and vases and other fragile items from accidentally being broken. Think about whether your neighbors are far enough from you that loud music and lots of people talking will disturb them. If this is the case, choose a location other than your place for the party.
Pick a theme. While you certainly don’t need to have a fully themed party, all your decorations should follow one central idea. White parties, night pool parties, Mexican fiesta and Hawaiian bikini parties will all create a sizzling atmosphere. Buy the decorations for your party in accordance with your chosen theme or idea.
Book the entertainment. While creating a playlist to get your guests moving is easy to do, getting a local rock band to do a set at your party will really get people pumped. You may find a local band that will play for free for the practice and exposure; others may play for small fees. Renting a DJ for the night is another option.
Create the menu and a shopping list for hors d'oeuvres. Be prepared to provide your attendees with enough drinks to last the entire night. Buy nonalcoholic drinks as well for those who will be designated drivers and anyone under the age of 21 who will be attending your party.
Create a guest list and send out the invitations. While traditional invitations may be pretty, they tend to convey a formal tone. You want people to know that this is the kind of party where they can break loose. Use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to get the word out. The website Rattlebox has amusing video and music invitations you can send for free.