Americans love to celebrate, and they also love to do it in style. From birthday parties to baby showers, graduations, anniversaries, weddings, and holidays like Labor Day and Thanksgiving (to name a few), chances are you'll be hosting an event at least once every six months. The thing is, many Americans are juggling jobs or other obligations that make it impossible to plan well in advance for these events. That's where the last-minute party comes in!
We all know that last-minute parties are a lot of work. However, they also have the potential to be a lot of fun! In this blog post, we will discuss 8 tips for throwing a fabulous last-minute party. These tips go from deciding on the theme and decorations to figuring out what food you want to serve at your event. You can make your next party one for the books with these quick and simple suggestions!
Tip #1: Guest List
Consider keeping the guest list to your favorite people. Bring a fun group of people you care about rather than focusing on numbers.
Tip #2: Reality Check
One of the most important aspects to consider when throwing a last-minute party is how much work you want it to be! Make sure that your level of effort matches what type of celebration you are having. It's better for someone to have an amazing time at a fun, low-key event than spend their evening in misery because they went all out and planned something way too formal or complex for the occasion.
For example, if you're organizing a get-together with friends after work on Thursday night, don't plan anything super fancy like filet mignon and champagne service - save those plans for another weekend soiree where everyone can enjoy them fully! Don't let planning stress steal away from your excitement - just have fun with it!
Tip #3: Food and Drink
The next tip is all about the food. The most important thing to think about when planning your menu for a last-minute party is keeping things uncomplicated yet delicious. Finger foods are always good choices because they're usually easy to make ahead of time, don't require utensils, and have universal appeal (think: mini quiches, cheese platters, fruit trays).
For drinks, you can serve wine or sangria - nothing too complicated like craft cocktails! Keep dessert simple as well; consider baking cookies or brownies on the morning of the event so that guests will be able to snack while mingling without having anything super heavy before dinner. This way people won't fill up on sweets and ruin their appetites before the main event!
Tip #4: Theme
Themes are a great way to add interest to your party without too much effort. For example, if you're throwing an outdoor barbecue for Labor Day, pick a theme such as backyard games or '50s picnic. These sorts of accents will make your guests feel like they've gone back in time while still allowing them to enjoy themselves fully in the present moment.
You can also use themes for indoor events by making small changes throughout your home - try hanging some fun streamers from the ceiling, moving furniture around into groupings that fit with whatever vibe you want (formal dining room table versus coffee table spread), changing up which of the house everyone is using (living room versus sunroom), etc. And, of course don't forget to incorporate all of your Krafted Party printables and supplies.
Tip #5: Fun Factor
Last but certainly not least is the fun factor! You can make any party last-minute by making it an event that people will really enjoy attending. Make sure your guests are having a great time, and you're guaranteed to have one too! One of the best ways to ensure this outcome is to keep alcohol on hand for those who want some drinks or completely dry if someone has decided they'd like to be sober for whatever reason - no need to make them feel awkward about their choice.
Also, consider offering group games such as charades or something else interactive with lots of laughs built in so that people don't get bored standing around chatting with each other all night! Any party is more fun when everyone can be included in the festivities.
Tip #6: The Decorations
You can use party printables land decoration ideas like the ones from Krafted Party to provide a lovely yet low-effort decorating scheme - not only will it be easy for you as the host but guests will really appreciate being able to see some personality within your home without too much-added effort on their part! You might also consider lighting candles or placing tea lights in glass containers on the table so that guests can see where they're going without having to turn their cell phone flashlights on.
Tip #7: Celebrate!
The most important part of throwing a successful last-minute party is enjoying your good time with those who are celebrating it alongside you. There's no need for stress or worries, just focus on having fun and making memories with those who matter most to you.
Tip #8: Clean Up
If you want to try your hand at cleaning up fast for a last-minute party without too much stress about it go ahead - but if not, don't sweat it! It's likely everyone is going to be in a rush at the end of the night anyway so it won't matter if you leave your mess for tomorrow. If you do want to clean up while your guests are still around, make sure that there are a few trash bags and recycling bins out on the floor (or dining room table) so they can help dispose of things quickly.
Throwing a last-minute party doesn't have to be stressful or overly complicated. All you need is a little bit of creativity and the right mindset going in - after all, people are coming together for fun! Have everything prepared ahead of time so that there's no stress about what you're forgetting at the store on your way home from work, and you're all set!