7 Things to Consider When Throwing a Party for Friends


Planning a party in your own home or at a hired location – whether this is for your family, kids or friends – can be a daunting task, so we’ve compiled some important tips to help you out! Read on to find out what to consider when it comes to throwing a memorable party.

People celebrating a party and toasting with wine glasses and golden confetti and lights

Photo by cottonbro studio

One of the first things to consider when planning a party is the guest list. Make sure to invite people that you know will get along and have a good time together. It’s also important to consider the size of your space and the number of guests you plan to invite. This will help you determine the appropriate number of tables, chairs, and other party essentials.

Another important consideration is the theme or overall atmosphere of the party. Will it be a casual or formal event? Will there be a specific color scheme or decorations? Will there be a dress code? Having a clear idea of the theme or atmosphere will help you make decisions about decorations, food and drinks, and other elements of the party.

Food and drinks are also an important part of any party. Consider the dietary restrictions and preferences of your guests, and make sure to have a variety of options available. If you’re hosting a large party, it may be helpful to hire a caterer or provide a self-serve buffet. You should also consider whether you would like to serve alcohol at the party and what measures you will take to ensure that your guests drink responsibly.

Finally, think about the music and entertainment for the party. Will you have a DJ or a live band? Will there be games or activities for your guests to participate in? Make sure to have a good music selection that will appeal to all of your guests and keep the party going.

By considering these factors, you will be able to plan a party that your friends will love and remember for years to come.

Party decorations and confetti cannons

Photo by Matheus Frade

1. Pick a theme

When it comes to throwing a party for friends, one of the first things you need to do is choose a theme. This will help set the tone for the event and get everyone in the party spirit! There are lots of great themes to choose from, so take some time to brainstorm what would be the most fun for your group. Some popular themes include: movie night, game night, dinner party, costume / fancy dress party, treasure hunt for kids.

Once you’ve chosen a theme, start thinking about how you can incorporate it into the event. For example, if you’re having a movie night party, make sure to have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand. Or if you’re having a game night, be sure to have a variety of games that everyone can enjoy. Whatever theme you choose, just make sure it’s something that will get your friends excited about attending your party!

2. Choose the best location

In order to choose the best location for your party, you need to consider the size of your guest list first – make sure the location you choose can accommodate everyone comfortably.  Then, think about the type of party you want to throw – which location will fit the theme or atmosphere best? For example, if you’re throwing a casual get-together, your home or a park might be a great option, but for a more formal event, consider renting a restaurant’s private dining room or event space.

If you’re throwing a party at a rented location, make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and restrictions of the space before finalizing the venue. Don’t forget to double check that the location is easily accessible for your guests and consider parking options.

3. Decide on food and drinks

First, think about what kind of party it is – are you looking for something casual where guests can help themselves, or do you want to provide more formal catering? There are various online resources for this. You can visit sites like, or do your own research on how catering works. Once you’ve decided on the overall tone, you can start thinking about specific menu items. If you’re not sure what to serve, ask your friends for their input – they’ll be able to give you some great ideas based on their own tastes.

Once you’ve got a few dishes in mind, it’s time to start thinking about drinks. Again, consider the overall tone of the party – are you looking for something sophisticated, or are you more interested in serving fun and festive cocktails? If you’re not sure what kinds of drinks your guests will enjoy, try asking them in advance or doing a bit of research online.

Gluten Free / Flourless / Nut-free Double Baked Dark Chocolate Cake (recipe by Ravneet Gill)

4. Set the date and time

You’ll want to make sure the date you choose doesn’t conflict with any major holidays or events that your friends may have going on. You’ll also want to think about what time of day would be best for the party. If you’re planning on serving alcohol, an afternoon or early evening party may be best. But if you’re planning a more low-key affair, a morning or mid-day party could work well. Once you’ve chosen a date and time, be sure to send out invitations so your friends can save the date!

5. Determine the budget

Ask yourself: how many people do you plan on inviting? This will give you a good starting point for estimating costs like food, drink, and decorations. What kind of atmosphere are you going for? A more casual gathering like a birthday will likely require less spending than a formal event like an engagement party. What time of year is it? Certain holidays (for example, a New years Eve party) or seasons can drive up the cost of certain items, so be sure to factor that into your budget.

Once you have a good understanding of your budget constraints, you can start planning what kind of party you’ll be able to throw for your friends. With careful planning and a little bit of creativity, you can host a great party without breaking the bank!

6. Get creative with entertainment ideas

Here are a few entertainment ideas for a party:

  1. Choose a theme to inspire conversations and games – this is always a hit with guests! Whether you choose a classic theme like a beach party or something more unique like a Harry Potter party, make sure your decorations and activities reflect the theme.
  2. Set up some fun games – guest love to let loose and have some friendly competition at parties. Games like charades, Twister, or even simple card games can be great entertainment for all.
  3. Have some good music playing – music sets the mood for any party, so make sure to choose tunes that will get everyone in the dancing mood!
  4. Hire a professional entertainer – if you want to really wow your guests, hire someone to provide entertainment for the evening. This could be anything from a comedian or magician to a band or DJ.

These are just a few ideas to get you started, you can always tailor the entertainment to the theme of your party and the preferences of your guests.

multi colour air balloons for a party

Photo by Adi Goldstein

7. Send invitations

Be sure to give yourself enough time to get them out – you don’t want to be scrambling at the last minute! Second, think about what kind of tone you want to set for the party. Once you’ve got that figured out, you can start designing your invitations and getting them sent out.

And speaking of design, make sure your invitations are eye-catching and convey the overall theme or vibe of the party. You want people to be excited about coming, so put some thought into what will make them want to RSVP “yes.” Finally, don’t forget to include all the important details like date, time, and location – you don’t want anyone showing up late or getting lost on their way!

Throwing a party for friends can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Whether your goal is to host a casual gathering or something more elaborate, it’s important to plan ahead and take into consideration the things that will make your party enjoyable for everyone involved. By considering the guest list, venue selection, food options, entertainment ideas, decorations and activities in advance of your event you can ensure that everyone has a good time celebrating together.

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