Be an Expert Party Thrower With these Tips

 


Do you want to become known amongst your friends and family as an expert party thrower? Being able to throw an amazing party that your guests never forget is a skill that will come in reeeeeal handy over the years. Who doesn’t love a good party with the people they love? These tips will help you!

Consider The Personalities Of Your Guests – If you’re inviting a certain type of guest, consider their personalities. A party you throw for your adult relatives versus kids is going to need to be completely different to be enjoyable to them. What sort of food will they like? What sort of decor and atmosphere? What music? Consider them first to make sure they have the very best time.

Consider The Occasion – The occasion can also affect how you throw the party too. If you’re looking at surprise birthday parties, you can afford to have a lot of fun with them. If you’re surprising your parents with an anniversary party, you want it to be quite romantic and sentimental. Classy or fun? Cray-cray or casual?

Know How To Pick A Good Venue – Knowing how to pick a good venue is totally key to your party. You have the option of throwing the party at your house, in a hall, at a restaurant – whatever suits the occasion. But you need to consider the following things:

  • Is there enough room for your guests?
  • Can your guests arrive easily?
  • Are there any extras or features?
  • How much is this going to cost?
  • Can entertainment set up easily at your venue?
  • Can you pre-empt any problems?

You need to ask yourself all of these questions in order to become a great party planner!

Improve Your Decorating Skills – Even if you’ve picked a lovely venue, you may still have to decorate a bit to get the right theme. Hang some banners, balloons, confetti, and other bits and pieces to set the scene, look on Pintrest and Instagram for super and original ideas. These things can make a big difference to the party atmosphere. If this party is for kids, really focusing on the decorating can make it quite a magical experience for them!

A Good Playlist Is A Must – A good playlist is going to be invaluable to your party. You want all kinds of songs on there, songs that everybody will enjoy. Mix it up a bit. Get everybody up and dancing. Have some power ballads people will sing to, and crazy dance songs that will get people up on their feet. Of course you can hire a DJ or band, but you want to make sure they are suitable for the atmosphere you’re trying to convey. Make sure you tell them if there are songs or genres you don’t want. Some people want cheesy pop, some people think it’s way too, well, cheesy!

There are so many more things you can do too, depending on the kind of party you want. You can play fun party games, give out bags – whatever makes your eyes and heart light up. Use these tips to get you started and everybody is totally gonna have a blast!

Engagement Ring Shopping As A couple- How to make It Special


Over the past few years, a new engagement trend has occurred – choosing the ring together. Traditionally, the guy would pick out a ring before popping the question. However, today that’s not always the case. The truth is, a lot of men worry that they won’t get it right when it comes to choosing a ring.

It can seem like this takes the romance out of him asking you to be his wife, but it doesn’t have to. Ring shopping as a couple can be fun, romantic, and a great way to celebrate your engagement. It may not be a traditional approach to take, but that’s okay. All that matters is that you and your husband-to-be are happy and excited for your future. To make ring shopping together extra special, here’s some ideas to consider.


Have a chat beforehand – The first thing that you should probably do is have a chat with your partner about the engagement ring and what the budget for it is. The last thing you want is to find a ring that you love, only to find that it’s out of budget. That’s why it’s best to know the amount you have to spend beforehand, to prevent any upset or embarrassment when shopping. It’s also a good idea to find out whether he’s buying the ring or whether you’re splitting the cost between you. The chances are he’s paying for it, but it’s still best to check.

Get inspiration – Before you head out ring shopping, it’s a good idea to get some inspiration. The best places to find inspiration is online – there are plenty of ring stores that you can browse to get ideas. You may even find a make or style of ring design that you love, such as Verragio rings, that you can then use as your inspiration. It’s worth taking the time to get inspiration, as it will make shopping for the perfect design that little bit easier.

Plan a whole day out – Make the day that you go ring shopping special by planning out a whole day together. Arrive at your chosen shopping location early, get a coffee and a pastry, spend some time browsing all the best ring stores – make it a celebration. Take the time to try on ring designs that you never thought you’d like. As you never know, you might end up liking something different. Ask your partner’s opinion and listen to what he has to say – ask him if there’s a ring design he envisioned you wearing. It’s important that he feels included in choosing the ring, even if he hasn’t picked it out himself.

Take the wedding bands your want into account – Oh and don’t forget to take the type of wedding bands you and your partner want, into account. Your engagement ring should, ideally, match your wedding bands in some way. So when picking it out, it’s important to think about yours’ and your partner’s wedding bands. Take the style, make, and metal into account, to ensure that your wedding bands can be what you want them to be.

It might be traditional that the guy choose the engagement ring before popping the question, but that doesn’t mean that’s how it has to be. Believe it or not, choosing the ring together can not only be a lot of fun, but also a fantastic way to celebrate your upcoming nuptials. whoop!

How to make a special day even more perfect


Special days come around every so often in life. Well, if they were every day they wouldn’t be special, would they? It’s days like these that we ring in red on the calendar and plan for in advance. These will provide the photos you look back on years down the line. Which puts a lot of pressure on the day itself. We’ve all had one of those days which we looked forward to for months but it never quite lived up to it. Avoiding disappointment on the big days is essential. This will require planning and may require delegation. Many of us may prefer to keep control of everything but you often find when you get to the day that you’ve spent so long planning, it can be an anticlimax. Perhaps you’re so focused on the fruition of your hours of planning that you cannot relax. Maybe, because nothing is a surprise, the day itself just seems commonplace.

To ensure that a red letter day is as glorious as it should be, make sure you’ve got the following things nailed down:

Theme – It could be a wedding, a prom, an anniversary or a campaigning event. Whichever it is, a theme is the thing the day hangs around. For a wedding this might be completely traditional, and this is easier to plan. However, if you have a theme in mind, everyone needs to be on message. Say it’s a prom. Does everyone know it’s a Guys and Dolls theme? This can affect dress code, food and drink, location and a lot more besides.

Attendees – A special event can have hundreds of people there, or it can have just two. If it’s a wedding, chances are that there are more people there. If it’s an anniversary then you might have a few special locations planned before a quiet, romantic dinner. This can affect how travel is planned. Arriving at a special restaurant in a stylish ride from a VIP Chauffeur Car Hire service is hard to beat for intimacy.

Schedule – Planning an itinerary can be a challenge because there is an impulse to cram as much in as you can. This is where a lot of people get anxious, because the more that’s on the schedule, the more chance there is for things to go wrong. Allow room to breathe. If people are timetabled to arrive at eight for drinks at 8.15 before a meal at half past… you get the idea. Less really can be more. Keep in all the essentials and space them out enough to give everyone a chance to take a moment.

On any special day, the most important thing by far is that everyone can enjoy themselves. That’s as true for a moonlit gondola cruise for two as it is for a black-tie fundraising dinner. If you get yourself into a mindset where everything has to be planned to the letter, it’s the opposite of fun.

Special days may only come around every once in awhile. When they do come around, it’s best to be thinking “the last one was amazing, let’s try to beat it!”. Far better that than “Let’s not have another Yule Ball incident, OK?”.

 

Spooktacular Things to Do in London

There’s so much to do in London that you can keep visiting every week, and you would never do it all. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, and you might not know where to start. The best thing to do is to think about how you want to explore the city. Are you in the capital for food, theatre, arts, or history? If you’re a fan of ghosts, gruesome history, and all things spooky, London has a lot to offer you. I have some great recommendations for things to give you a fright. Some of them are best in winter when the nights are long and dark. But you can do them all year, including during the summer.

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Visit the Tower of London – The Tower of London has held some notorious figures in the past. It wasn’t just a prison, but also the site of executions and torture too. Deaths at the Tower include two of Henry VIII’s wives, the two princes Edward V and Richard of York. The princes, along with the White Lady are some of the spirits that people say haunt the Tower of London. However, it’s not all ghosts and ghouls, as there’s plenty of interesting history too. It was also a palace and has held many unusual animals, as well as people.

Learn About Jack the Ripper – Jack the Ripper is possibly the most famous serial killer in the world. The mystery of who he might have been has been a source of fascination for people around the world. You can explore the East End and learn about his crimes and his victims on a Jack The Ripper Tour. The walking tour takes place four days in the week in the evenings. It claims to reveal the truth about who Jack the Ripper was.

Check Out the London Dungeon – If the thought of the Tower of London is a bit too much for you, the London Dungeon probably isn’t for you either. The attraction shows you the dark side of London’s history, complete with live actors and realistic models. You’ll see some gruesome instruments of torture, hear some horrible stories, and there are even rides.

See The Woman In Black – The Woman In Black has been playing in the West End for over 25 years. If you’ve seen it on the silver screen, watch the original stage play when you’re next in London. The frightening performance isn’t for the faint-hearted, so prepare yourself for a spooky time. Another way to have a creepy theatre experience is to look for some of the ghosts that supposedly haunt some of London’s venues.

Go on a Ghost Tour – If ghosts are your thing, there are apparently many of them all over London. Some of them are historical figures, while others are recognized by the names given by people who saw them. You can talk a walking tour to learn about some ghosts, or get on the Ghost Bus.

If you love spooky things, you can find plenty of them in London. Whether you enjoy history or the supernatural, you can discover some fascinating tales.

How To Organise A Dazzling Dinner Party

I’m at the age where a night out in the clubs is no longer my kinda thing, I like to have friends round for food and drinks, I guess I’m becoming a proper grown up! Having a dinner party can be a brilliant occasion for all involved, apart from the host. The host will be stressed out over the tiny details from the minute they announce it and invite guests, until the moment, the last sip of wine has been drunk. Only then will they allow themselves to think about the lovely evening they created. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. You really can organise an ace dinner party without getting too overwhelmed by it all. Here’s some of my tips to help you….

Know your guest list as soon as possible – The first thing you need to know is who is coming and how many people are there. This will help you plan for every other detail of your dinner party. It’s also essential to know who is coming so you can accommodate for vegetarians, allergies and lifestyle diet choices. Knowing your guest list enables you to plan a menu and the evening’s proceedings beforehand. The more you plan, the better prepared you are, simple. Which means you can enjoy the evening even though you’ll be spending it stressing over tiny details a little bit too.

Menu plan – Now you know who you have to come this is where the fun can begin. Menu planning is great and an essential part of your dinner party preparation. It will allow you to source the best ingredients, making things in advance and even try out the recipes before your guests arrive. Your boyfriend will be sick of eating the same meal by the time you’ve practiced and perfected it. It’ll allow you to work out the timings as well. This means you can relax a little knowing everything is on hand for the big night.

Think of the drinks you serve as well as the food – Of course, it isn’t just about the food you serve but also the drinks you provide. Wine choices and other options are just as important. They need to go with the food you are serving as well as be delightful for your guests. This is where websites like www.wine.net/legend-port-wine/ can come in handy. The drinks you serve can bring out flavours in your meals so don’t make any rushed decisions and do some research. Your guests will notice the difference.

Do you have a theme in mind? – Is your dinner party for a particular occasion? Is there a theme? Make sure whatever you decide the theme stands out. This can be through decoration or the meals you serve. Perhaps it is for a special occasion like a birthday or leaving party.

Decoration is a real nice touch – Decorating the room you are hosting your dinner party in, can be a nice touch for your guest. You should also think about how your table is set and consider getting a floral arrangement from a florist, or, think of cool ways to show off the food, like they did in the 70’s, that’s a good talking point! This is the perfect opportunity to use your best glasses, plates and table decorations, your friends will love it! 

I hope this helps a little in helping you to organise a dreamy dinner party very soon!