Arranging a party is a great gift that will bring the partygoer a lot of joyful emotions and pleasant memories. However, if you’re willing your party to succeed and not a burden, follow some simple rules!
Decide on How Much Money You Are Ready to Spend
Decide on the amount of cash that you can spend on the event. If you’re going to cover the costs yourself, think carefully about all the possible expenses. Sharing party funds with other guests isn’t a bad idea if they don’t mind. Call potential candidates and work out an estimate with them.
Think Through Decorations
Since the party will cost you a lot of money, you should look for ways to save. The most spectacular and inexpensive decor will become balloons. Think about which balloons you’d like to see at your party — latex or mylar, as they look and feel entirely different and think about unique shapes. You can make your own fountains out of monochromatic latex balloons, or you can add brightly colored welcome home balloons to emphasize what the party is about.
Make a Guest List
Invite only close friends. Warn guests about the planned action at least a week before the event. When preparing to hold a surprise party, an essential condition is to observe in the strictest secrecy. Thus, if you send invitations by email, mention that the person you are preparing for a celebration doesn’t know about this event.
Prepare Enough Food
Even if the party isn’t planned for a full-fledged meal, guests will want to snack. You can limit it to chips and nuts or try finger food like appetizers you can make with your hands: tartlets, cheese cubes, meatballs, deep-fried vegetables, and canapes. Don’t forget about vegans and guests with allergies, so, some of the dishes should be suitable for everyone. If you’re too lazy even to slice cheese, order pizza or sushi, it’s better to pre-order, so you’ll be sure that the food will arrive on time.
Set Up a Bar
You can always buy bottled drinks in advance, but homemade lemonades and cocktails will add charm to the party. Keep in mind to buy plain water for guests who don’t drink sugary drinks or alcohol.
Pick Up the Proper Activities
Plan well the flow of the party night and prepare entertainment and contests for everyone. Although the main specialty of the event should be the guest of honor, you’re still in charge of the party.
Make a Playlist
Bad music at a party is as stressful as an awkward silence. It’s best not to rely on the shuffle feature and make a harmonious playlist yourself. For example, let it be chill and lounge in the beginning, your friends’ favorite tracks in the middle, and rousing dance music at the end.
No matter how good a welcome home party idea is, remember that some people don’t like surprises after all. If your friends prefer to plan all their time on their own as well as organize leisure time, it’s unlikely your companion will be delighted with such a party. If that’s not the case, and your friend enjoys surprises, loves funny tricks and surprises of all kinds — go for it!