Parties are a lot of fun, unless you’re the one stuck planning them. Then they become logistical nightmares. You have to find a venue, pick a theme, send out invitations, hire a caterer, rent live entertainment, pick out the decorations, and so much more.
The hardest part, though? Making your event stand out from all the rest. Hopefully the following tips will help you throw an unforgettable blowout without losing your sanity.
Choose a unique location
When planning an event, the one decision that has the most potential to wow your guests is where you’re going to hold it. After you’ve seen one conference center you’ve basically seen them all. A great venue offers more than just four walls, a roof, and lots of empty space. Find a location with unusual architecture or a stunning view for maximum impact.
If you can’t find a unique location, make one. Transform that drab convention hall into something spectacular that reflects the party’s theme. With the right décor and a little elbow grease, you can turn the inside of any venue into a Venetian carnival, Wild West saloon, Vegas casino, or luxury cruise ship deck.
Embrace cultural diversity
So many parties are generic affairs. But food and entertainment designed to please all tastes more often pleases none. Instead of the same ol’ watered-down event that guests have seen a hundred times before, consider embracing cultural diversity in a big way.
Research who’s coming to your party, then turn your shindig into a celebration of their culture, whether it be Polish or Armenian. Get an Indian caterer who can make authentic Tandoori and Biryani. Find a Latin DJ for hire who has a splash of Salsa and Bachata in his repertoire. Big events are a great way to bring different cultures together while paying tribute to the things that make them unique.
Give the guests souvenirs
One of the best ways to make your event stand apart from the pack is to make it truly memorable. People go to lots of parties over the years, with many of them blurring together into a half-forgotten haze. There’s no better way to avoid that than giving your guests something to remember you by.
What kind of souvenir? That’s up to you. You can choose something that fits the theme of the event or that relates to whatever person or organization the event is honoring. You can print your own t-shirts or make some tasty, one-of-a-kind snacks. Better yet, rent a photo booth and let your guests take home selfies that capture the party in all its glory. Don’t feel obligated to spend a lot of money, though. Even small items can create big memories.