One of my skills is being able to throw a rockin’ party. It stems from my luscious Taurus sensibilities, insisting on having excellent food and music, and making sure I enjoy my own event.
Is there anything worse than a sour faced host? The one who starts to clean up after midnight as a jarring reminder to guests to go home, and soon?
On Saturday night I had over 100 people for a party at my house. I haven’t had such a big party since my first book launch and even though this party wasn’t for me, I was happy to host. I love being a hostess!
The dance floor was rarely vacant, the food was devoured, the drinks flowed, and love was in the air.
I haven’t laughed that much in a long time, and in the morning, I had what I called, disco legs, after being on my feet for too many hours.
I hit my bed at 4.30am, after cleaning up post guest departure. I can’t handle waking up to a mess and trust me, there was mess.
Here are my tips for throwing an ace party:
- Great music is a must. Mix it up. Don’t just play your weird edgy indy music. Throw in some Hall and Oates, Kylie, early Madonna. People will dance, trust me.
- Have food. Not stupid cheese platters, but real food. I had dim sims, which might sounds trés bogan, but those little suckers went in a New York minute.
- Put away your special things. Be relaxed about the things that are still left out.
- Have lot’s of conversation areas. People drink and then tell spill their secrets. Comfy chairs are a must.
- Alcohol at the ready and water on tap.
- Get in and enjoy yourself. Seriously. Talk, dance, laugh, eat, drink, relax. Your guests will relax if they see the host is chilling.
- If someone offers to help, give them a small task, such as putting a tray of peanuts on a table, and then say a profuse thank you at the end of the night. It’s your job to make your guests feel special.
- If someone bring champagne, open it. Christ, is there anything ruder than putting away the good stuff that guests bring, and making them drink cat piss?
- Chill out if someone breaks something or drops a spinach pie on the rug, be cool. It’s a rug, or a glass, no one really cares about those things in the long run, what the guest will remember is if you made them feel crap about the accident.
- When introducing people to each other, name their best qualities to the other person. “This is Jonah, who is an ace disco dancer and is a rampant cinephile. This is Dora, who is a sexy bitch, who knows how to put a styling outfit together.”
And the rest will all fall into place.
Happy Monday lovers!