As a homeowner, organizing, designing, and experiencing your first house party is one of the most gratifying experiences. Once you have sent the invitations, started receiving RSVPs, and have a looming date- there is only one thing to get ready…the house itself. Depending on the type of party you’re trying to organize, whether that’s a small gathering or an all-out party, there are a few staple tips and tricks you can complete to ensure that no matter the occasion, your house looks perfect in its design. Here at We Buy Any House, we have compiled a small ‘how to’ guide to get your property, house party-ready.

Look at the Structure of Your House:

The structure of your home will most definitely impact the type of soirees and parties you have. If you have a smaller property, such as an apartment, you may want to limit the capacity of invited guests as you don’t want people to feel claustrophobic or overwhelmed. On the other end of the spectrum, if you have a larger property, the party can take place in multiple areas of the property. If you have a designated room that is the perfect size, you may want to host the party in that one room to avoid people accessing other parts of your house.

Types of Entertainment:

Before you start buying decorations, food, and drinks, it’s best to consider what type of party you want to have and what your favorite style of entertainment is. For example, if you prefer a back garden barbecue, you may want to focus all your decoration on the outside areas of your property. If you are intending to have a dance-fueled party, you may need to rearrange furniture and create a safe space for your guests.

Design an Inviting Entrance:

The entrance point is the first impression guests will have of your property, so it’s important to make it enticing and relevant to the theme/style of the party in order to set the tone for the event. If you’re having a formal event, then it’s a good idea to create a grand entrance for your guests, or if they are entering the back garden you may want to create an entranceway that is easily accessible and add lights to ensure your guests don’t have any accidents, especially if you’re having an evening party. Another important factor is to have a designated area for your guests to leave their jackets and bags, as an alternative to having personal belongings strewn across pieces of furniture.

Make the Most of Lighting:

Lighting can really enhance or hinder the feeling of a room. When it comes to a party atmosphere, you want to ensure you have the right kind of lighting that works well for the event. If you’re hosting an outdoor event, perhaps string lights and a small, controlled fire will set the right ambiance, whereas if you’re having a dance party you may want to invest in strobe lights and a disco ball. Ensure that you have adequate lighting in areas such as smoking areas, bathrooms, and where drinks are being made.

Create a Family-Fun Zone:

If you’re having a multi-generational party, then it’s important to create spaces that cater to all ages. Having a separate zone that can safely occupy and engage the younger members of the party while the adults socialize in other parts of the house is a great way to keep all guest’s fun and happy. Consider adding board games, or a game table, and perhaps a video and film screen. When the party starts to wind down, perhaps everyone can join and be engaged all at once.

Add Irresistible Features:

If you’re planning on going all out, then the key to a successful party is memorability. You want your guests to remember all the chic and niche additions to your party that made the night utterly memorable. Creating a space to have elaborate features such as a cigar or wine tasting room is a great way to add uniqueness to your event.

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