People are increasingly realizing they no longer need to hire venues to host parties — instead, they can use their homes for entertaining and hosting family and friends. However, successful hosting requires adequate preparation, creativity, and adequate budgeting to have a good time and create memories. Below are helpful tips to transform your home into a party destination.
Create Your Budget First
It’s a no-brainer that every event needs a budget. You must create two essential budgets — one for making your space party-ready and the other for the individual party. In the former, you need to account for items like seating, lighting, and decor. It’s best to list out everything required to spice up your space so you don’t forget any of your ideas.
Once your setup budget is complete, set a budget for every event you plan to host there. Be sure you account for food, drinks, music, and games. The number of guests expected and the type of party will determine how much you spend.
Gather the Necessities
A party is incomplete without decor and accessories. Depending on the type of gathering, you can decorate the space with banners, balloons, flowers, streamers, and so on. When you need furniture for outdoor events, consider repurposing some indoor furniture and choosing multifunctional pieces.
Decide whether to buy or rent essentials such as tables, tents, chairs, china, lighting, and cooking equipment. Renting is an excellent option for people on a budget; you can get everything you need under one roof. When planning a backyard wedding or reception, wedding rentals are handy and save you time, effort, and money.
Set the Mood
Apart from ensuring you have all the necessities for your parties, try to create a pleasant environment for hosting. Start by cleaning the guest bathroom and stocking enough toilet paper, soap and towels. Also, consider having a room for guests to keep their courts and other belongings. Good music and lighting create a good environment for a party.
If you are hosting in your yard, ensure it’s well-prepared and maintained to make it attractive and welcome to guests. This involves cutting grass, shaping shrubs, and hydrating the lawn. Since your home’s gutters affect the appearance of your yard, have them cleaned and maintained regularly. Research shows that 99% of gutters fail, hence the need to inspect them, especially after heavy rain.
Plan for Food
Food is the lifeblood of most parties, so don’t starve your guests. Fortunately, there isn’t necessarily a standard food for parties, so you can serve anything you desire — from simple snacks to full meals. You can also buy pre-prepared foods to avoid the hassle of cooking.
Good ways of saving money on food while spicing up a party are hosting a potluck and B.Y.O.B. In a potluck, guests come with food to supplement what you already have. As such, you have enough food for all guests and something for everyone to enjoy. While alcohol is among the most costly party items, throwing a B.Y.O.B party reduces this expense considerably while offering guests numerous options.
Consider a Garage Party
Even if the weather is poor, you don’t have to host a party in your living room — just think about the mess afterward. Instead, think about a unique and feasible space like your patio or garage. Garage parties are gradually gaining prominence, and people are increasingly using their garages for outdoor entertaining. A garage has endless possibilities for entertaining because you can transform your garage into whatever you want.
However, a successful garage party still depends on good planning and organization. Your garage may be cluttered and require a little cleaning and revamping. Start by moving items to create space, primarily if you use your garage for storage. Then, watch out for anything in the garage that may injure people, like tools. Don’t forget to check the condition of your garage door. How easily does it open and close? Does it have a screen? While a garage door has a lifespan of 20 years, proper maintenance enhances its functionality. If you ever plan on using your garage to entertain, don’t overlook taking care of its most prominent feature.
Transforming your home into a party destination requires excellent planning and preparation. The tips above will help prepare for a fun-full entertaining season and turn your home into a party destination. As an aside, don’t forget to be a good host and be mindful of your neighbors.