How to liven up a party: Our tips for stepping up your hosting game

Planning to host a big party soon? If you’ve got a plan but you’re worried about what you’ll be like as a host, we’ve got your back. Read our quick guide below to hear our tips to help you keep your guests entertained and excited for the next one.

1. Set up before the big day

There’s nothing worse than rushing around at the last minute because you left it too late to prepare your party space. We’d recommend installing any major decorations – including ceiling lights, garlands, and ornaments – the day before the party.

As for the music, curating a new playlist on Spotify could be the most cost-effective option. If you do choose to invite a DJ, make sure you ask them to arrive and set up at least a few hours before the party starts.

2. Hire a butler

If you’d like to leave most of the dirty work to someone else, you can book a butler in the buff to enjoy more of the party. Not only will your hunky host be trained to make high quality drinks and cocktails, he’ll also be the new star of the show.

From personalised games to a life drawing masterclass, how you’d prefer to spend time with a butler in the buff will be up to you. Whichever option you choose, you can always expect raunchy party games and hilarious photos – with classy, courteous service on top.

3. Don’t overcomplicate things

If you love the planning process, you might find it easy to get totally carried away with extravagant ideas for your party. However, keeping things straightforward could work in your favour, and in more ways than one.

Try not to overthink the details before the big day. When you’re visibly relaxed as a host, your guests will share the same energy. If it’s less stressful for you to send invitations online than writing them by hand, choose the former.

4. Get the food right

When it comes down to the food, try to focus on crowd-pleasers that you can prepare in advance. If you’re serving more than one course, it’s important to serve appetisers small enough to keep your guests hungry for more.

If you’re not very confident about your skills in the kitchen, there’s nothing wrong with ordering party food to be delivered or beautifully laid out on a buffet table instead. Don’t forget to make sure you cater for guests with specific dietary requirements or allergies.

5. Let loose and relax

It’s important to remember that people simply enjoy spending time together and getting stuck into conversations. If you’ve invited a group of people who already know each other, you won’t need to be as proactively involved in icebreakers or structured party games.

Instead, just try to make sure that you’re having just as much fun as your party guests. Don’t be afraid to have a few drinks and a gossip, too. In the wise words of Oscar Wilde: “Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won’t be invited to cocktail parties.”