What makes the difference between an okay party and an excellent one? Atmosphere. In other words, how your party makes your guests feel is much more important than the food you serve, the location you have, or the music you play. Hosting a celebration that your friends and guests will remember for a long time is all about creating a party vibe that helps people relax and enjoy the night.
Whether you’re an experienced party host or throwing your first ever shindig, here are the five steps you can take to create a memorable party atmosphere:
Invite the Right Guests
In a perfect world, you could invite every single friend you have to your party. Unfortunately, not every person’s temperament will blend well with the nature of your shindig. In other words, if you’re planning a celebration, make sure you invite people who will actually enjoy it!
For example, if you have a super quiet friend who likes classical music and playing chess, inviting them to a loud, energetic shindig with booming EDM music and hundreds of guests is unlikely to yield a good experience. On the other hand, if you have an outgoing friend who loves letting loose in large groups, taking them to a quiet and contemplative dinner party will just leave them bored.
Inviting the right people to your party is essential to having a good time. People who feel uncomfortable or bored will not have a positive experience, and they'll be less likely to stick around for the duration of the event. Furthermore, they might even spoil the party mood for your other guests. Once you determine which type of party you’re hosting, create a guest list of people who will vibe with the atmosphere and enjoy each other’s company. This is one of the simplest but most effective steps you can take to ensure your party atmosphere is fun and memorable for everyone.
Establish an Engaging Theme
The first step of hosting a shindig that your guests will remember for a long time is to come up with an engaging party theme. Regardless of if you are hosting a party for the first or hundredth time, it can be tough to come up with an interesting party theme. Many common party themes are overused and cliche, so thinking of a unique and memorable theme for your celebration can be a real challenge! However, if you think about what your guests like and try to mirror that in your shindig, then you’ll find a theme in no time.
When choosing a theme, start by brainstorming things that are related to the guests’ interests or passions. For example, if your guests are musicians or avid music lovers, then you can make your celebration into a music award-themed party! If they love art then you could make it into an art-themed event, and so on.
If you have a large guest list or your friends vary in their hobbies and tastes, you can take your theme selection one step further and pick something trendy. For example, you can look at the news, on social media, or in pop culture to see what’s popular at the moment. This ensures that you’ll get a fresh, unique theme that everyone will be able to relate to and enjoy!
Did you know that we’ve written an entire AUXGOD blog about how to create a party theme? Click here to learn How to Pick a House Party Theme!
Start and Finish on a High-Note
For this next step, we need to take a look at how human beings perceive the world around them. When people try to recall a recent speech they heard, a book they read, or a party they attended, they tend to remember the beginning and end of the event but forget the middle. Psychologists call this the Primacy and Recency Effect, and you can use it to make sure that your party atmosphere is memorable for your guests.
Because of the Primacy and Recency Effect, your party guests will remember what they did at the start and end of the shindig – largely forgetting the middle. As such, if you want them to remember your celebration’s atmosphere, make sure that you begin and finish your party with something related to its theme.
Although there’s nothing wrong with hosting your party in a central location like the living room of your house, keeping all of your guests in the same place for the entire night can make them feel cramped and bored. If you want to keep your guests engaged in the celebration, you must give them a chance to move around and change locations every once in a while.
Here are just a few easy ways to encourage your guests to move around at your party instead of sitting in one spot:
- Set up a food and drink “buffet” in the kitchen and encourage your guests to help themselves.
- Move around some furniture to set up a dance floor where your guests can move around.
- Play music of different genres in different rooms. Better yet, set each room up to match its musical genre (for example, disco lights for disco music, comfy lounge chairs for jazz music, etc.)
Play Some Games
Playing party games is one of the cheapest yet most effective ways to create a memorable atmosphere for your party. Oftentimes, as the host of a party, you can get so involved in organizing the celebration and tending to your guests that you forget to have fun. This is commonly known as the “Host’s Dilemma.”
Luckily, you can overcome this issue by getting everyone involved in a fun, unique party game that fits your theme and helps you reinforce your shindig’s atmosphere. If you and your guests are music lovers, we have the perfect party game for you!Introducing: the AUXGOD Music Card Game! It’s 2022’s hottest music party game that combines improv, trivia, and karaoke into the hottest party game of the season. Teams of party guests face off to pick the best songs and decide who has the best playlist once and for all! If you want to make some epic new memories with friends and family at your next celebration, there’s no better way than with the AUXGOD music card game. Click here to visit our shop and get started now!