I can't remember the last time I went out to a club to dance or the theatre to watch a movie. Here's the thing. I'm a bit of a homebody, and to me, the convenience of just having people over, over some drinks, music of our choice, home cooked starters and a movie screening scores way over driving down and spending big bucks on a night out.
Plus, it's incredibly satisfying to throw a nice party for your friends and family and be remembered as someone who knows "how to show a good time."
So here's my top tips on how to organize a killer party or chilling session at home. All you need is these basics.
1. Make music collections.
I cannot stress this enough. The cornerstone of every successful party is a great, curated list of good music. And this is not an overnight process. You need to start collecting and organizing music in advance and keep it ready for every occasion. A sit down Italian dinner will demand a different music than a little shimmy in the patio. Instead of streaming the music online, keep it stored on a flashdrive, so internet connectivity or consuming too much bandwidth is never an issue when playing music seamlessly.
2. Great speakers
What's worse than bad music at a party is missing speakers or bad sound quality. What works the best for me is a great pair of bluetooth speakers that do away with the need to be plugged into a laptop or computer all the time. Another great reason is anyone can play their music with a Bluetooth speaker around.
3. Mobile power banks
Let's face it. Parties mean coordinating with a lot of people over your phone. Whether it's to tell directions to everyone who's coming or to take food deliveries. You get so caught up in the party arrangements that you forget to take care of the little things. Your phone for example. It dies out just when a guest is frantically calling to get your address. Or worse, guests are always trotting between rooms to keep their phone charged, instead of enjoying the party. This is where a portable Power bank comes in. Just keep one on you or at the centre of wherever the party is along with cables, and let people charge their phones without leaving the fun!
Get a dual-USB power bank here.
You don't have to be a gourmet chef to put together some basic party food. Check out Buzzfeed Tasty or many other great cooking blogs to make some simple yet delicious finger foods that can be made in a jiffy. For example, you can never go wrong with some boiled and baked herbed potatoes with a sprinkle of cheese on top or a basic Hummus-Pita.
5. Ambience lights
If it is a party, it gotta look like one. Apart from low lamps, a string or two of fairy LED lights adds to the festive ambience. There's a thousand options, but of late Solar powered LED lights have come a bit of a favourite. a) They don't require electricity or expensive batteries. b) Hunting for a plugpoint isn't a bother since they can last 6-8 hours on a charge.
If you truly want to take a house party to the next level, nothing like projecting a movie, music videos or a sports match! All you need is a projector , whatever you want to project and a plain white/pastel wall or a fabric, to turn your house into a grand theatre! Who needs to sit on those uncomfortable bar chairs for hours over expensive drinks, when the best matches are to be viewed in the comfort of your bedroom or a backyard?
Get an HD mini Projector here.
And to take your party to the next level
Now, this one's for people who love pulling out a party trick or two. Imagine, there's a group of people huddled together in a room, but noone's talking or knows what to do. This is what a VRheadset station would save the day. Just get hold of a couple of great 3D VR-compatible videos, play them on Youtube on your phone, and strap on a VR headset to people, and let them experience magic, at your party. This little trick could keep non-drinkers, kids, and tech nerds busy for hours, while the more gregarious ones busy themselves with food, drinks and conversations. At just $30, this is a bang for buck.
Get one here for just $29.
Enjoy your party!