Halloween has become one of the most celebrated holidays of the year. Perhaps it’s because while holidays are about being with family and celebrating tradition, Halloween gives us a chance to have fun and act out of the ordinary. There aren’t many other times of the year when we get to dress up in costumes, after all! And let’s not forget, it has also turned into an important landmark for the retail industry. All the Halloween stores that pop up all over the place in early October are indicative of a steady consumer’s demand for costumes and accessories.
One of the cornerstones of a fun Halloween is a great Halloween party. If you’re planning on throwing a bash for the holiday, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure it’s successful. Not only do you want to have a good time, you want your guests to have a memorable evening too!
The first thing you need to look at when planning your party is your budget. You may think that you need to spend a lot of money to have a successful party, but it’s simply not true. However, it is important that you create a budget and stick to it. Depending on what’s important to you, your money may be spent mostly on decorations, on food, or on liquor and party supplies. There are ways to save money, or if you can afford it go ahead and really throw an all out bash.
Next, you want to look at your guest list. The people you choose to invite will be the biggest factor in determining the success of the party. Try to invite a variety of people, so that your guests will have a chance to mingle with friends and meet new people too. The number of people you invite will have a bearing on your budget, so keep that in mind, too.
Once you have the guest list figured out, the next step will be invitations. In this day and age, the vast majority of people send invitations over the internet, and for a relaxed party there’s no reason not to. However, there are some things to keep in mind when doing so – the most important being that invitations sent on the internet tend to get forwarded on to other people. Recently, a pool party ended up out of control with over 3000 people showing up because the party had been posted on Facebook. Unless that’s what you’re hoping for, be extremely careful about posting parties openly on social networks.
Your other option is to go with written invitations which can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. And of course, if you’re planning a small party with just a few friends, word of mouth or oral invitations may be all that’s necessary. Of course, it’s always great to get an RSVP so that you can more easily plan food and drinks if you’ll be providing all the refreshments.
Now that the invites have been taken care of, let’s look at decorations! Since the party has the specific theme of Halloween, we already know we’ll be looking for jack o’lanterns, skeleton cut-outs and the like. If you’re party is going to have a specific Halloween theme, like Pirates versus Ninja or Alice in Wonderland, you’ll want to have decorations that speak to that theme. Check the dollar stores for low cost decorations – you might even want to look in the birthday supplies if you’re having a specific theme.
Food and drinks are usually the most expensive elements of any party, and the Halloween party is no exception. If you’re on a very tight budget, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing a “BYOB” party – everyone brings a snack food and a bottle of their favorite spirit. The host can provide plates, napkins and mixers, like colas, juices and soda water. If you’re having a more formal party, you’ll need to plan a menu – remember that it’s always fun to have some holiday themed foods, like orange and black cakes.
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