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Last Updated on April 5, 2019
Socializing in-person has been found to have a greater positive impact on our mental health than interacting online or through phone calls. Even if you’re someone who prefers smaller gatherings to big groups, there are huge benefits to inviting your friends round for a party. The ultimate party is the party that’s right for you and your friends, so the key to organizing one lies in thinking about what will make you happy.
Choose Your Guests Wisely
An often-overlooked component of party planning is the guest list. Unless you’re throwing a really big party which allows for separate groups, think carefully about group dynamics and the kind of social events your proposed guests enjoy. While it’s not necessary for all your guests to know each other already, think carefully about who mixes well and who enjoys meeting new people. If you know there are people who don’t get along with a significant proportion of your friends, it might be wise not to invite them. Think about your space and budget to determine the size of your party, and once you have a number to work with and you know who you’re catering for, it’ll be easier to plan the rest of the evening.
Pick A Theme
While an explicit theme isn’t essential, having a framework to plan within is. As soon as you know your numbers, begin planning the kind of party you’d like, whether that’s a more intimate gathering of close friends or a big event, deciding on dress codes, games and food is all easier when you know what theme you’re working with. Consider options you might not have tried before: a masquerade ball, for example, might be a fun way for people to make new friends, or throwing a casino-themed party might provide a useful focus for those who might normally shy away from parties. It’s helpful for your guests to know in advance what sort of party they’ll be attending so they have time to prepare their wardrobe and turn up knowing the etiquette expected. If you and your friends have particular interest, consider choosing a theme that aligns with that: even if it’s an unusual passion, it’s your party, and it’s up to you what it will be like.
Feed The Masses
Knowing who your guests are also helps you to plan your food, and whether you’re hiring a caterer or preparing the food yourself, it means you can factor in any dietary requirements that may be necessary. Research caterers that will be able to keep all your guests happy, whether that’s with a paleo menu or something more diverse, and if you’re catering yourself, enlist the support of family and friends. Involving the guests in the preparation can make things less stressful for you, and allows you all to have more fun in the process. Make sure you have soft drink options available for those who prefer not to drink, and allow enough food options that there’s something for everyone.
The ultimate party is the party you want the most, from the people you invite to the food you serve, and the advantage of hosting your own is that it’s all within your control. With socializing with our friends being so important to our health, throwing a party is always a great idea.