If you've decided to throw a party in order to celebrate some of your special occasions, you'll want to leave an exceptional impression on the guests by organizing a party to remember. However, being a good host and making sure everything is going according to plan isn't always as easy as it may seem. From putting together a guest list to picking out the food you want to be served and all the way to knowing what type of music the guests would enjoy, organizing a party to remember will require plenty of effort and imagination.
Set the date
The first important thing to consider is the date of the party. Depending on the type of the party, you’d want to choose Friday, Saturday or Sunday. If you’re thinking about an evening New York rooftop shindig, then Friday and Saturday will be the best considering most of your guests will have the next day free and won't have to think about getting up early to go to work or leaving the party before it ends. If you want a BBQ type or maybe a brunch get-together, Saturdays and Sundays will work perfectly as well.
Decide what type of food you want to serve
Food selection is the second most important factor for throwing a spectacular party. While people do go to parties in order to mingle and socialize, they still pay attention to snacks and their level of entertainment can depend a lot on the food they’ve had. Therefore, in order to keep your guests full and offer them enough energy to dance or engage in whatever activities you have for them, it’s essential that you know whether you want to serve salty and savory snacks such as chips and dip, or you’d like something classier like canapes, cupcakes, and a variety of finger food. From deviled eggs, crostini, and strawberry feta bruschetta to apple cheese bites, bread bowl, and jalapeno popper turnovers, the choice of foods to serve is truly diverse. Think if anyone may have special dietary food requirements and make sure you have food for them as well.
Look for caterers
If you don’t have master chef skills and cooking isn’t really your stronger suit, then ordering food from a local New York caterer would be the best option. Let some of the best professionals for catering in NYC prepare food according to your wishes and set everything up at your party venue. Before you hire catering services, make sure you ask if they will provide you with their staff to serve the food during the party, in case that's what you want. Don't forget to check if they can make food for people with special dietary requirements and always check for references before you hire the caterer. The best option is always to hire someone who's already catered a party for somebody you know because you'll know first hand whether somebody prepares delicious food or doesn't really have enough experience in catering.
Stock up on food and snacks
You’ll never be able to estimate how much food you’ll need for everyone, so it would be a good idea if you had additional snacks or appetizers stocked up in the pantry or fridge, just in case. It does not require too much time and effort to make quick finger sandwiches or buy some tortilla chips and dip and have them in stock in case you have a couple of friends stay after the party and you need to snack something late at night. The same goes for drinks. You want to leave a good impression so make sure you have enough beverages, ice and fruit to make cocktails or just allow guests to refresh with fresh fruit and ice in their water.
Pick out a jamming playlist
The choice of music is another key factor that will help you throw an unforgettable party. Go for the trendy up-to-date beats if you’re planning for a night party, and throw in some classics from the ‘80s to mix it up a little. If you’re not good with picking out hip tunes, think about hiring a DJ, or asking some of your friends to do the job. Putting on a playlist on YouTube or Spotify is the easiest way to look for all the hits you want to play and easily switch up the tunes if need be.
If you've feared you won't be able to throw a great party, think again. With only a bit of creativity and meticulous planning, you'll be able to throw an amazing party everyone will talk about for months. Follow the previously mentioned tips if you get stuck, and you won't have to be afraid of failing your guests.