Planning a party or an event? Here are Walkers Party Hire’s top tips…
Organising a celebration for a friend, a family member or yourself is a big responsibility, as this is one of those special occasions in life where it is important to make a really big deal of it. Whether it’s an 18th, 21st or any number ending in a 0, by making your event memorable with Walkers Party Hire, you’ll be guaranteed to have stories to talk about for years.
1. Plan The Guest List
The size of your guest list should depend on the space in your home and back area. So be realistic. Keep an eye on the numbers and firm them up at least a week out from the event. This will help keep your budget in check and manage those last minute details which will inevitably crop up.
So guests can find you, have your front area well lit and perhaps attach some balloons to the front fence. For something a little bit fancy, why not roll out the red carpet and the red ropes? This will impress your guests on arrival and it will give your party a VIP feel. Consider hiring a small marquee for the backyard.
Whoever your guests are, it’s likely there’ll be a mixture of all ages so make sure they are all catered from a seating perspective. Poppy may want a comfortable chair and a cup of tea away from the riff-raff whereas 21-year-old Bella is talking about that cute College boy with her friends on the glow cubes on the deck. Just make sure everyone should have a place to sit – or lean – to enjoy your party atmosphere. And save your night from those new killer heels!
2. Plan The Food & Drinks For Your Party
There are a great number of options for you to present your guests with some tantalising tasty treats no matter what your budget. Where possible, I’d recommend hiring an experienced caterer. There are some amazing local caterers that will work with you to determine what yumminess will suit your style of event. From canapes for a cocktail style event to a sit down 3-course dinner, they’ll design a menu that’ll work best for you and your guests. And bonus, they can also offer party staff so you don’t have to be topping up glasses all night.
Another fabulous option that often gets overlooked is checking out your local Thai restaurant’s menu** for their starters. Moneybags, fish cakes, satay sticks and spring rolls never get old. Importantly, give the shop a heads-up during the week so they are prepared for your order.
Did someone say pizza? You can’t go wrong with pizza either. Don’t forget the anchovies!
** Make sure you check to see if any guests suffer from allergies
Turning your hand to doing it yourself? Well, you’re certainly not in the minority here. A large component of our clients DIY it, but my recommendation here is BE PREPARED! I’d have your guest’s first round of morsels out of your baking oven and in a holding oven while you’re getting ready for the next serving. Those first rounds of canapes will be snapped up surprisingly quickly!
For drinkies, champagne on arrival is always a nice touch. However, if you’re stretched for time, help and budget, have your champagne, wine glasses and tumblers laid out on a linen covered trestle table so guests can help themselves. Under or next to the table, make sure your alcohol and soft drinks are nestled into ice tubs so they are chilled and ready to go. Whether your party is BYO or supplied, try to profile your attendees to determine their needs. This will ensure you have your bases covered.
3. Event Entertainment
There is no vibe (man) at a party without a little music. And whilst your guest of honour may be a raging One Direction fan, keep the music mixed up – and upbeat – so even the oldies can have a boogie. This will ensure everyone has a great time.
Using an iPhone that can Bluetooth into a modern AV unit will definitely get you going*. They are super popular and you can plug in a microphone for the speech your guests will be asking for from the birthday gal/guy.
* Don’t forget to tell the neighbours!
Shaking and ringing your hands at the rain gods on the morning of the event will stress out even the seasoned party planner. For your peace of mind and the comfort of guests, contact Walkers Party Hire four weeks in advance to obtain a quote on a stylish and modern marquee, we have many sizes to suit most backyard areas. Our professional team will meet you on site to measure and quote so we leave nothing left to chance.
** Walkers Party Hire has been proud to be part of thousands of weddings, birthdays, corporate events, council celebrations, wakes, TV shows in the last 15 years across Sydney and the country. We love what we do and want to make your celebration something special. Feel free to call or visit us for a chat. Invite us First!