20 Tips on Throwing a Party You'll Actually Use

Throwing a great party is all about careful planning, attention to detail, and ensuring your guests have a fantastic time. We at Lyte Up clothing have put together 20 tips to help you throw an unforgettable party! Check out our website and Etsy shop to help Lyte Up your event with your party accessories! 

1. Plan Ahead: Start planning your party well in advance to ensure everything goes smoothly and nothing is forgotten. It's at this point you can start your master "to do" or check list. Just keep a centralized running list going on everything in this article. 

2. Set a Budget: Determine how much you're willing to spend and stick to it to avoid overspending. A money saving tip is the farther out you plan the more you can save. Buying your party products online from overseas vendors takes 30 days to get your items in the mail however they are over 80% cheaper from your local party stores. 

3. Choose the Right Venue: Select a venue that suits the size and style of your party, whether it’s at home, a rented venue, or outdoors. Budget friendly events can be hosted in someone's back yard. 

4. Create a Theme: Choosing a theme can make the party more exciting and easier to plan. It could be anything from a costume party to a specific era or a movie theme. Check out our sister Etsy shop Haus Party Planners for theme party ideas. 

5. Send Invitations Early: Send out invitations well in advance to ensure a good turnout. Consider using digital invitations to make it easier to keep track of RSVPs. Digital invites are also a last minute way to send out invites. You can either create one yourself on Canva or purchase a template on Etsy. 

6. Provide Clear Directions: Make it easy for your guests to find the venue by providing clear directions or a map. Setting out balloons or signage on the day of the event helps them find the location easier. 

7. Prepare a Guest List: Make a guest list to ensure you have enough space, food, and drinks for everyone attending. One good way to make sure you aren't leaving anyone off the list by accident is to cross check your facebook or phone contact lists. 

8. Organize the Music: Create a playlist in advance that fits the mood and theme of the party. Alternatively, hire a DJ to keep the music going all night. For a budget friendly tip you can always plug in your spotify or pandora radio playlist for your theme party songs. 

9. Food and Drinks: Plan a menu that caters to your guests' tastes and dietary needs. Make sure there's enough food and drinks to keep everyone satisfied. Everyone likes to snack, eat appetizers, a few main meal options with sides and desserts. Shopping at Costco or Sams Club also helps with buying items in bulk or consider getting your event catered. 

10. Offer a Signature Cocktail: Create a signature cocktail for your party to impress your guests and make the event feel more special! 

11. Have Non-Alcoholic Options: Not all guests will drink alcohol, so make sure you have a variety of non-alcoholic drinks available.

12. Set up a Bar Area: Designate a specific area for drinks to prevent congestion and make it easier for guests to serve themselves.

13. Provide Plenty of Seating: Ensure there's enough seating for your guests, including both sitting and standing options. This includes tables for everyone to eat. There is nothing worse then being at a party and trying to stand and eat off of a paper plate. 

14. Create Conversation Areas: Arrange seating to encourage conversation and mingling among guests.

15. Plan Entertainment: Consider adding games, karaoke, or other entertainment options to keep the party lively and engaging. If it's a theme party, make sure to include items that follow that same criteria. 

16. Decorate Creatively: Use decorations that fit the theme and create a festive atmosphere without being overbearing. As mentioned earlier, it's much cheaper to purchase items overseas then it is at your local shops. However, items such as balloons and last minute needs are perfect for your local shops. 

17. Don't Forget Lighting: Good lighting can set the mood for the party, so make sure it's adequate and fits the ambiance you want to create.

18. Designate a Party Photographer: Assign someone to take photos throughout the event to capture all the fun moments.

19. Prepare for Emergencies: Have a first aid kit on hand and be prepared for any emergencies that may arise.

20. Enjoy Yourself: As the host, your mood sets the tone for the party. Relax, have fun, and enjoy the celebration along with your guests.

Remember, the key to a successful party is to plan well, be organized, make sure the guest of honor stands out and most importantly, have fun! 

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