It’s just turned October and we’re already talking about the end of the month. But you know as well as us that this year has flown by and Halloween will soon be upon us..
Throwing a Halloween party is a great excuse to invite friends over and enjoy some tasty food and drinks, and it doesn’t have to be time consuming nor boring to plan it all.
We’ve all been to a party that was evidently thrown together last minute, with crisps that haven’t been covered up and gone soggy and not enough liquour to go round. Decorations were made of paper and of those who bothered to show up, they didn’t wear a costume.
Here are a few ways to make your party unforgettable…
Plan Your Party
The dreaded P word. But there are a few things you need to think ahead of in order for your party to run smoothly. These include:
- What day and time to hold the party
- Who to invite
- What decorations you’ll need
- The costume you’ll wear
- Food and drink to buy
- Plan some games/thinks to do
The sooner you can plan your party, the better, because you’re giving people enough notice to attend.
Always hold your party on a weekend – either a Friday or a Saturday, even if it’s not 31st October, and let people know by text, calling them or creating a Facebook group. Ask people a week in advance to check that they’re still attending, otherwise they will be a lot of leftover food.
You don’t need to go crazy with decorations, but a few posters, statues and dim lighting are enough to create an atmosphere. Why not make a spooky playlist too to liven up the night?
Make it a rule that nobody can attend without wearing a costume. Otherwise, what’s the point in having a Halloween party?
Food and drink is a must for a party or it’ll be no fun. It’s not your responsibility to buy for all of your guests, but provide some tasty snacks in the form of crisps and finger food. Lay everything out on a table so people can help themselves throughout the night whenever they please.
Use paper cups to make your life easier and place these in an area that’s easy for everyone to find (you don’t want people routing through your kitchen cupboards). Most people don’t use just one cup for a night, so make sure there’s enough for everyone. Buy Pepsi, a couple of bottles of wine and some flavoured liquor to get the night started. Tell people in advance to bring their own drinks – alcoholic or non-alcoholic.
For party games and things to do, here are a few ideas:
- Beer games (Roulette, Shot games)
- It’s also fun to put YouTube on the TV (or hook your laptop up to a surround system) where people can put on their favourite music
More than anything, don’t take planning the party too seriously, and let your guests get involved in the planning process as much as possible. Telling them to bring their own drinks and party games is a fun way to get everyone involved and take the stress off of you, so you can enjoy the night too!