Summer is a great time for friends and family to spend time together creating lasting memories. Parties don’t need to be extravagant to be extraordinary. There are just a few simple rules to hosting a party that you need to abide by – food, restroom and ambiance. Once the food is done, so is your party. Remember that the food is part of the ambiance, therefore, make it memorable. Second, have an accessible restroom. Don’t host a party in the middle of the park with no facilities. Last, set an inviting ambiance. Make it comfortable and engaging in your party space.
Here are the top party themes for this summer:
Luau: The meaning of the word Luau is feast. Hawaiian natives traditionally gather to enjoy life with great food, friends and entertainment! Flower leis, ukuleles and hula-hoops are a staple with these festivities. Luaus can be held any time throughout the year, but nice weather makes it more realistic. Hosting this party by a swimming pool or on a beach is a definite plus. A luau should invite relaxation, so a soothing ambiance is a must for this theme. Places like Party City have a huge selection of luau decorations to choose from.
Wine Tasting: Create a wine-tasting party ambiance with classical or jazz music playing softly, and low level lighting in the party room (if indoors). Light plenty of candles or purchase the safer option with LED lights. Choose about three to eight different types of wines from a specific region. Do any combination of reds and whites but half-and-half is common. In most stores, the wines are separated by region. Go on a scouting mission to any wine store or local grocery store and view the selection. Assign each guest to bring a specific wine to the party, and be sure to include a price point range. Have plenty of cheese, cracker and fruits available for snacking. As an alternative, host this in the backyard at dusk for some natural ambiance.
Casino Night: Casino parties are a scream. The cost and setup will vary greatly depending upon your budget. From a deck of cards and poker chips to an elaborate room of Las Vegas quality gaming tables and professional dealers – these parties run the spectrum. If you’re ready to spend some cash, hit up places like Casino Supply to get your supplies, or hire a local company, such as Margo’s Blackjack with Class. Since it’s summer, host this in the backyard to enjoy the weather.
Scavenger Hunt Party: Scavenger Hunt Parties originated as teen parties, but even adults enjoy the challenge. These are high energy, fast-paced hunts for items. You can host these in a building, within a neighborhood or designated area (i.e. camping site), or about town. The best method for a scavenger hunt is to acquire fun photographs of the hunted items with the team members in the picture. That way, there are elaborate items to find and not just bottle caps, strings and leaves. You’ll also have a memorable photo of each task from each group. Make a scrapbook or webpage of all of the teams’ photos after the party for great memories. There are many types of downloadable hunts at online stores (i.e. Scavenger Planet) where you can purchase unique lists for neighborhood, building, specific locations, or about town hunts. These scavenger hunts run about $19 to $25.
Kidnap Breakfast: A kidnap breakfast is a reverse surprise party for your guests. You pick them up without advanced notice (i.e. kidnap) early in the morning and take them to breakfast in their pajamas. You are obviously not really kidnapping your guests. In advance of your party, you must call every guests’ significant other (i.e. spouse, roommate, parent, etc.) and ask permission to kidnap each guest for the party. Make reservations at your local breakfast spot, or have someone prepare a big delicious breakfast at your home while you are kidnapping your guests – and don’t forget the mimosas for adults. This party is rather difficult to pull off and takes some time with planning. However, it is one of the most awesome party themes.