No matter what the reason you are throwing a party you want it to be remembered for all the right reasons. You want your guests to still be saying for ages afterwards what a good party it was, and then you can be satisfied that they had a really great time.
Start with an invitation that is not your normal run of the mill, as your invite will set the tone for the whole event. It should have all the information they need such as location, date and time, but other than that something light-hearted is usually good as that suggests a fun time before they even get there.
Guests That Get On Together
You do not have to invite every single person you know. In fact, often a smaller more intimate affair is more successful. They need to be guests that you think will get on together, even if they have never met before.
Your surprise could be to hire a photo booth for some fun pictures, have a jazz band playing the music, a magician performing their tricks or maybe the local bakery to turn up with hot fresh bread and delicious desserts that no one knew was coming. It does not matter what the surprise is as long as it is totally unexpected.
Great Food And Drink
You do not have to have a sit-down meal to provide your guests with great food at your party. You could have several tables around the venue with different styles of food on each. Then if someone wants to mix some Chinese food with some chips, or Indian food with Chinese fried rice, it is their choice. What you can be sure of is that they will mix and match and eat whatever foods take their fancy, and you cannot be blamed because they did not like their meal. You have not got to stand and prepare all this food yourself. It is perfectly acceptable to but things ready-made form the local takeaways, as long as you remove all the wrappings it came in.
This way, they serve themselves and you could do something similar with the drinks. You do not want to have to serve drinks all evening so why not make a few pitchers of cocktails and let everyone help themselves to them too.
You could also use disposable plates and cutlery too, so no one has to wash up afterwards.
Games can be a great way to get people chatting and relaxed. They don’t have to be anything silly, and in some ways, the classics such as charades and trivia quizzes are the best. These types of games are timeless, and never become dated, because they are fun, and you can easily update them so that they’re more contemporary or risque or whatever, depending on your crowd and what you want to do.
Board games can be too much hassle and you do not want anything that is too competitive or you could set people against each other. Teams games are good though as they foster a spirit of togetherness, which always helps any party to go with a swing.