When it comes to throwing a party, it can be a stressful experience, even if you’ve got months and months to plan everything out. For those who need to put something together last minute, there’s a greater level of stress that can be exhausting.
Thankfully, there are simple measures you can take to ensure you throw a brilliant party. You just need to concentrate on a few essential things. Instead of worrying you haven’t got enough time, here are some valuable tips for throwing a last-minute party without any stress and hassle.
Send Out Electronic Invites
Gone are the days when you would have to send party invitations via post. Nowadays, pretty much everyone has a smartphone. Thanks to this, why not send out invitations through social media? Alternatively, you can send them out as a text message too. Greenvelope have a guide on text message invitations. They can help ensure you send a message that’s personal, straight to the point, and most importantly, gets people to your party!
Stick to Simple Décor
If you don’t have time to head out shopping for decorations, don’t fret! Have a look around your house instead. There are bound to be some things you can pull out that will create a party atmosphere. For example, if you’ve got string lights outside, why not bring them indoors and hang them up?
Clean Up Your Home
Those hosting a party at home need to get it in tip-top shape before guests arrive. Even if you’ve got hours to spare, you can quickly give your home a tidy and get it ready for festivities. Getting rid of clutter should be the first place to start. That way, you’ll free up space and have room for all your guests.
Buy Ready-Made Food
No one is saying you need to be behind the stove for hours on end making party food. If you don’t have the time to throw your apron on, why not buy ready-made food instead? You can pick up platters from a nearby store or have them delivered. This will take the weight off your shoulders and make sure you’ve got plenty of grub for your guests to tuck into. Don’t forget about beverages too. You can stock up on soft drinks and juices for your party.
Create a Playlist
Haven’t got time to hire a DJ? Worry no longer! As long as you’ve got a good set of speakers, you can create your own playlist and let it play throughout the party. If you have a Spotify or Apple Music account, simply throw together some songs and you’re all set. You can even just find an already created party playlist if you prefer.
Pick Easy Games
What’s a party without fun games? A not very fun one we say! The chances are you’ve got board games collecting dust in the attic, so grab them, dust off the cobwebs and you’ve got your entertainment ready and raring to go. Regardless of age group, there are board games that will keep everyone happy.
Use Disposable Cutlery
The idea of using all your plates and cups for a party may fill you with dread, especially when everyone has gone home, and you’re left to wash up. For that reason alone, why not use disposable cutlery instead? Simply throw away the paper plates and cups into the garbage once the party comes to an end.
Ask Guests to Bring Items
If you’ve got loved ones attending your party, why not ask them to chip in a little for the party? They could each bring a dish to the party. This will mean you’ve got plenty of yummy food and drinks without having to make them yourself! A win-win. Just make sure you give your guests chance to whip something together! Even if only one or two attendees arrive with a dish, it’s better than nothing!
Make Some Cocktails
If you’re planning to have alcohol at your party, there are plenty of quick and easy cocktail recipes you can muster up. In fact, some of them only take a matter of seconds to put together. Just make sure you’ve got some mocktails (non-alcoholic) on hand for those who are tee-total. Also, ensure you make enough cocktails for however many guests are attending.
Raid the Pantry
Those who have a pantry, use it to your advantage! If yours is stuffed to the brim, now is the time to raid it and pick out anything that’s suitable for the party. You could have some napkins and cutlery lurking in there that could be used for your party.
Whatever the occasion is, there are lots of simple tips you can take on board that will ensure you throw a last-minute party everyone will remember (for all the right reasons!).