I don’t know about you, but this is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Have you checked your calendar? Nope, it’s not an official holiday or a sporting event. It’s the Oscars! Yes, yes, I know. It’s not exactly Christmas, but for me, it’s the one time of the year where I go all out and throw a huge bash. Each year, I hold an Oscars themed party, complete with tiny Oscar shaped cookies and drinks named after that years’ nominees (who wouldn’t want to sip on a Brad Pitt-a Colada or Rooney Mara-grita?). Some parties are greater than other and after all these years, I’ve learned a couple of tricks to holding a safe and successful party.
Here are a couple of questions you need to ask before you open your doors:
• Planning is your best friend. Ok, so that’s not a question but having a general idea about what you want to happen during your party (like gathering around the TV at 7 pm, etc) will allow it to go smoothly.
• How many people do you want coming? Are you going to send invites? Is your house too small for the amount of people you invited?
• What kind of food do you want to serve and how much do you need? Have you made sure that you have vegetarian options for your veggie friends? Do you have any friends deathly allergic to eggs, milk, nuts, etc? Are you going to have it catered or make it yourself?
• Is it going to be inside or outside?
• Is it a family friendly party or should you tell your friends to leave the kids at home?
• Consider logistics-do you have enough trashcans and toilets?
• No matter how small you may think your party is going to be, always tell your neighbors. Better yet, give them an invite. It’s common courtesy and will make sure the cops aren’t visiting you for noise violations. On a similar note, do you need to inform the police that you’re having a party so they can patrol the vicinity regularly?
• How will you handle alcohol and drunken partygoers? I know alcohol is usually prominent at parties, but make sure to have some alcohol free choices available for those who don’t care to imbibe. It would also be a good idea to have a couple of designated drivers or the number of a local cab company handy for those who had a little too much fun.
Hosting a party is always a blast, but it’s more work than you think. If you put a little effort into it, you will throw a fantastically fabulous (and safe!) party that no one will forget.