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5 Essential Ingredients for a Killer Event/Party


In the last 25 years I have been to a lot of parties… good, great and horrible! I have learned what separates a fantastic time from a “we got a babysitter for this.”

  1. Music: If your guests show up expecting a live DJ, and Bob from down the street is selecting songs from his playlist, guest are going to be disappointed.

Volume and quality of music- Bargain basement speakers turned all the way up are not helping your cause. If guest can’t hear themselves talk and leave with ringing ears, you may want to have someone without a hearing aid be in charge of the music’s volume.

  1. Ambiance:Theme parties are great. Nothing is more entertaining than being transported somewhere else for a night. Décor, lighting and props all (when done correctly) leave an impression on your guests. No one wants to walk in a sterile room with no personality. The ambiance is your party’s personality and no one likes a Debbie Downer.
  2. Entertainment:Let’s face it, we’ve all been to that party where there is nothing to do, but make small talk with people that are all wishing to be somewhere else. Entertaining guest can be challenging especially if you are the host or hostess are out of your element playing center stage. Let the entertainment be center stage. Make it fun, interactive and memorable.
  3. Lighting: Lighting sets the mood at any event. If you are at a wedding and flood lights come on during the Bride and Grooms first dance, que the firing squad. Whatever your mood, you want to set: the lighting should be appropriate.
  4. Food and Beverages: Have you all seen the snickers commercial where the guy gets hostile because he is hungry? Now imagine ALL your guest THAT HOSTILE, because you feed them your “famous” wings with “secret sauce” that is actually only famous because it’s horrible, and your sauce should probably stay a secret. Depending on the time of your event, you will have to feed your guest accordingly. As a general rule of thumb, any party or event at breakfast, lunch, or dinner times, should provide a full meal. Other times in between can lend themselves to light, or heavy appetizers. If you are not a cook, don’t try to be! Do yourself and your guest a favor and hire a caterer. You can redeem yourself by offering to play bartender for the night and provide your guests with a signature cocktail or other appropriate concoctions that match the theme of your party.


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