If children look forward to Christmas, the holiday adults look forward to with as much anticipation as kids would be halloween. It’s probably the one time in the year where it is completely acceptable for adults to let their hair down and have a lot of fun. When else can adults wear outrageous and bizarre costumes and not feel remotely out of place?
If you’re planning to host a party this halloween, here are some tips to help you organise your halloween bash.
Pick a Style
Like all parties, you have to have a theme, and no, a generic “halloween” theme does not count. It’s just too broad. By having a theme, your guests would know how to prepare for your event and they would also know what to expect when they get there. Some themes you might want to play around with include:
- Haunted House
- Pumpkin (all things orange and black)
- Vampires and Werewolves
- Costume Party (anything goes, as long as your guests arrive in costume)
Plan Around Your Theme
Once you have your theme sorted, sit down and make a list of all the things you need to prepare and plan out how you’ll go about making sure these would fit your overall concept. Your decorations, type of food, drinks, music, invitations, the costumes your guests will wear will all depend on your theme.
Prepare your guest list
The number of people you’ll invite would depend mainly on the size of your party venue, and of course, your budget. If you have a small house and a limited budget … forget about inviting all the people you know and just invite your closest friends and relatives. If you have unlimited funds and can afford to hire a venue and feed the masses – by all means, invite all you want to invite. Remember though, that your guests are your responsibility. You not only have to make sure that they are having fun – you have to ensure their safety as well.
Send out the invites
When you know who to invite, you can start preparing invitations that would match your theme. Yes, it’s easier to buy mass-produced invitations from your local stationery shop, but it’s a lot more fun to make your own personalised invitations (provided, of course, you don’t have to prepare hundreds or thousands). Let your imagination run wild and be creative. Don’t forget to include your number if you want guests to RSVP.
Decorate your space
Once the invites have been mailed out – you can start preparing the decorations for your party. Again, this would all hinge on your theme and budget. Apart from the special decor that’s based on your concept, you can use pumpkins, black cats, and spiderwebs. These are fairly common halloween decor that you can use regardless of the theme you have decided on.
Enjoy and Have Fun
On the day of the party – you know you’ve done your best to make sure your halloween party turns out to be a smashing success. Once the guests arrive, just relax and have fun. Worry about tidying up tomorrow.