House parties can go very right or very wrong. People are intimidated of hosting them because they require a lot of planning. You are throwing together different social circles under one roof. What’s to ensure that nothing will go wrong? However, there are three things you can do to have a great house party with minimum hassle.
Have food catered
You might be tempted to serve up a home-cooked three-course meal. Nothing lets guests know you’ve put in effort than if you cook the food yourself. However, it may not be feasible if you are entertaining a large party. You would have plenty to do from cleaning, making seating arrangements and ensuring that people feel comfortable. Not to mention other day-to-day errands may also take up some of your party planning time. This is why it is better to order food from a restaurant in the vicinity. Ask other families where they order food from for dinner parties, and you are bound to get some great ideas. Go for something versatile but also liked by everyone. And the best part is, your house won’t smell of baked chicken.
However, you can still hoodwink people by making dessert at home. Look up layered dessert recipes on the internet. They require few ingredients and can be served up in individual shot glasses that are available on the internet.
Invest in bar furniture
It doesn’t have to be anything over the top. Set up a bar corner with a classy table and bar stools. Guests can sit on the stools or move around the room after pouring themselves a drink. Keep a mini fridge to store drinks and keep them cold. Keep tongs and wine glasses on a counter. And don’t forget to keep plenty of ice cubes on hand. This way you won’t have to make the trip to the kitchen every time you need something.
Turn up the entertainment
House parties are fun because they entail a lot of socialising. Often, it’s hard to hear people above the noise. This is why music is a must. Rent a stereo system to play cool beats throughout the night. Thanks to technology, you can now connect your sound system to Wi-Fi and control it with your phone.
Bring out all the board games from the attic. Have a no-phone rule, so people don’t keep on staring at their screens and remember to talk to each other. Old school games like Cluedo will be a welcome reprieve from a virtually connected lifestyle. And who knows someone from your friends could turn out to be really good at chess.
Don’t forget what a good lighting arrangement can do for a successful party. Strings of fairy lights cost little, and they can be strewn around the room. People will feel that they’ve entered a really fancy hotel and not someone’s house. And of course, there’s a lot of mood lighting can do to remove the initial awkwardness.