We’ve all been there. There’s a celebration coming and what with life, work, and everything in between blurring the lines between time and space, you need a little help planning the perfect party. Yes, you will need food, music and decorations. But exactly what food, music and decorations?
Well don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We’ve got some fantastically stylish yet simple ways to add some pizzazz to your party planning. And we don’t want to come across as arrogant, but you will probably win an award for best party and party-host of the year. #JustSaying
Decorate like an Instagram addict
Looking for something a little more sophisticated than a garish, sweet-filled animal hanging from your doorframe? We return to balloons. Pick a colour and go wild. Mix together some different tones, a few mattes, and throw in a metallic hue for decorations your guests will be instagramming quicker than you can shout “surprise!”.
Give them music to remember
If it’s a party you want then it’s a party you will get with the Slam XL. If you’re going to invite one party animal then it’s this fun party speaker. Not only does it show off its 100 Watts of ‘roar’ power, it also strobes and flashes to the beat of the music, until all you can do is dance. Perfect for when it’s time to upgrade that crackly over-sized hi-fi and find something that is more ‘you’.
But parties aren’t always indoors. So if you’re into year-round listening, party music in the garden, or wherever the fun takes you, you need the Diggit Bluetooth Speaker, your new flexible party companion.
When you’re outside its handy little stake keeps the party going with crystal clear 360° sound and an LED light ring, and it can even be stereo paired with another Diggit for ultimate surround sound. Don’t worry about a splash from the hot tub either. With the Diggit’s IP55 water resistance, it can handle itself when things get a little ‘splashy’.
Find the perfect party playlist
Spotify is the answer to all of your ‘what music do I play?’ questions. There literally is something for everyone, from ‘Sing-Along Indie Hits’ and ‘Ultimate Party Classics’ featuring Beyoncé and Shakira to get those hips moving, to ultimate ‘Rock Anthems’ and the ‘#ThrowbackThursday’ playlist that everyone will hate to love to sing to.
Mix it up and line up a few playlists ready for the night, so you can start out chilled and end with some roof thumping bangers. (You should probably warn your neighbours, or just invite them!).
Light it up and bring back the disco
Festoon lights are in close running next to our friend the balloon when it comes to the popularity contest right now. Whether they light up the garden, mantelpiece or kitchen (aka the dancefloor), additional quirky lighting at a shindig can really add some ambiance.
Don’t forget the Slam XL Party Speaker. It’s bringing back the disco with multiple modes so now you can set the mood, from strobe and party mode for the ultimate dancefloor vibes, to chill mode for moving and mingling.
Now you can’t do that with a string of fairy lights. Unless you want to switch them on and off to the beat of the music all night long? … We didn’t think so.
Deliver a beast of a feast
It isn’t a party without the obligatory nibbles. And there are plenty of non-beige options that will excite your guests a little more than the old-school sausage roll. Why not spice things up with a theme? Go Italian with some delicious focaccia bread, with olive oil, balsamic and mixed dips alongside a selection of prosciutto and cheese. Or go for a Greek mezze, with some homemade lamb kebabs, a selection of fresh vegetables and pitta with houmous and baba ganoush. Lovely.
There you have it, the ultimate ingredients list for an unforgettable party. Now you can stop panicking and start planning. And remember, if there’s two things that will have people talking about your party for months: it’s the music and the spread. So make it fun, varied and a little wild!