The average birthday party doesn’t take much to organise, but without any special effort they can feel a little flat. When it comes to a truly memorable birthday party, sometimes it takes a bit extra to make your night truly stand out.
It can take a lot of time to organise the perfect party, which is why it’s important to have plenty of party ideas before you start planning. These birthday party ideas will take your party to the next level and make it a night to remember.
Get the Lighting Right
Lighting can transform a space and make a huge difference to the atmosphere of a party. Different colors and brightness are just some of the ways to add feeling to your party and put guests in the right mood. When it comes to lighting options there are plenty to choose from, including automated, color combinations, strobes, spotlights and lasers.
The lighting you decide on for your party will depend on the mood you’re trying to create. An elegant event will use lights in a subtle way, while a more upbeat party is better suited to movement, colors and effects. Your lighting options should always cater to the theme of your party, so keep your guests in mind when making your choice.
Pick a Theme
Having a theme for your party will make it a memorable event and lets guests have fun playing along. Your theme could be based around a color, such as a black and white party, or a genre such as wild west. Having guests dress up in a costume or come in fancy dress can make the night even more fun.
Sticking to a single theme can also make your planning much easier, as it’ll inform your other decisions such as catering and decorating. When it comes to choosing a theme, simple is often best. Keeping the theme consistent across your planning will impress your guests and make your party feel more professional.
Use Special Effects
The best way to transform your party is to surprise your guests with exciting special effects. Smoke, bubble and snow machines can add a lot of fun and interaction while making an immersive atmosphere.
If you really want to impress, pyrotechnic effects like sparkler or flame machines will be a great addition. These portable machines can create plumes of sparks or flames on command and will help to draw people’s attention to an area or event. Modern pyrotechnic machines produce sparks that are realistic but cold to the touch, meaning they’re safe to be operated indoors.
Quality Sound System
Music is an important part of any party, but even a great playlist can sound wrong on poor quality speakers. A high-quality sound system will ensure your music sounds like it should and provide the right amount of bass and treble to keep your party going.
When it comes to organizing music, a friend or DJ can take over and keep the crowd going, or you can always set up a playlist to play the night through. Genres like hip-hop, dance, house and electronic are all popular at parties and have a good beat for guests to dance to. Remember to consider your guests when choosing music and make sure your playlist doesn’t repeat during the night.
Great Interior Design
If you’re planning a grand event, backdrops, drapes and furniture can all be a part of your theme. The seating and floor plan should also be considered to allow the proper flow of people. Arranging your seating in a horseshoe shape, for example, can allow guests to come and go without disturbing others.
For large and empty spaces, consider adding a central feature or focal points such as an ice sculpture or culinary display. Don’t forget to set aside a large area for dancing, with seating and drinks available nearby.
Games and Entertainment
Having an activity for guests to do when they arrive is a great way to get them involved in the party. Games such as giant Connect-four, giant Jenga, ring toss and ping-pong will all get people involved in big groups and don’t take much skill to play. Remember to put plenty of seating around the games and activities so guests can spectate and take turns. Performers such as magicians or clowns can also be hired for your party. These entertainers can be on call throughout the night for the main show and then mingle with guests.
Matching Food and Drinks
Food and drink that match your party theme are sure to please guests. Options for alcohol can include the standard wine, beer and spirits or a delicious fruit punch. You can even create your own signature cocktail that ties into the theme of the night. Hiring a bartender can be a good way to keep track of the alcohol consumption and they may even entertain guests with juggling and bartending tricks.
Whatever setting you have in mind for your birthday party, with the right planning you’re sure to have a great time. What birthday party ideas will you try out? Let us know in the comments below.