“It’s my party and I’ll do what I want to” are lyrics everybody can relate to. The problem is the occasion. Sometimes, you fancy a nice, relaxed, informal dinner shindig yet it’s October. What does that mean? It means it has to be Halloween-themed because, well, it’s the scariest month of the year.
For those who aren’t ready for the changing seasons, hosting is a tough ask. It’s not as if the supplies you have in the basement are useful. Or are they? As long as you have the foundations, you can throw any party you like and here’s how.
Take the balloons and the things which you used for a child’s bday party a few weeks ago and grab a marker. You’re about to get creative. Even the most childish decorations are transformable. All you need to do is channel your inner artist and draw Halloween-related inspiration. For example, get the greens and the browns and the reds and start coloring in the balloons. Make sure the blood and guts are visible for the best effect. Then, wrap them with Christmas paper which you’ve burnt at the edges. Remember that where there is a will, there is a way.
Be Food Inclusive
Yes, you want the nibbles to look like the kinds of things you’d find in a zombie’s stomach. You would like the hotdogs to resemble fingers. And, there’s nothing better than a pumpkin pie with a crazy, the Joker-like grin. Again, getting creative means it’s time to think about how the food will scare and wow the guests in equal measure. But, they should be able to eat it as well as stare at it. www.stamfordcs.com.sg provides a Halal menu for Muslims, while http://www.imkoshercaterers.com is kosher. As well as religion, consider dietary restrictions. Think about gluten-free food for celiacs as well as non-dairy for those with IBS.
Once you have a theme, whatever it may be, it’s important to drill it home. Otherwise, the party doesn’t have the same pop. Imagine an All Hallows’ Eve celebration without any vampires or Frankenstein’s Monsters or dead celebrities. It wouldn’t be the same. So, make sure the invites tell the guests to come in their best fancy dress costume to flesh out the theme. You can even get specific to ensure everybody doesn’t turn up in the most generic costumes. For example, make it a Halloween movie night with the likes of Chucky, Krueger and Mike Myers.
Set The Tone
And this time you want to use music. The right tunes will create an atmosphere regardless of the theme. Think of it as dressing up but with a lot more bass drums and guitar riffs. Classic Halloween playlists should include everything from the Psycho theme tune to Hocus Pocus. For those that want to make it a contemporary soirée, include songs such as Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Evanescence’s “Bring Me To Life.”
The tips above center on Halloween but they work for every occasion, from birthday parties to Easter and Christmas.