Hosting a party is a big responsibility. You’re in charge of refreshments, snacks, and entertainment. While there are many different activities you can do at a party, you’ll want to make sure that you’ll have something everyone can enjoy. Here are some activities to do when hosting a party.
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1. Play Games
Not everyone you know will want to play a board game at your party. However, most people enjoy mystery games and team-oriented games. You can choose a classic like charades or a card game with virtually no learning curve that everyone can play.
Hosting a contest keeps your party guests engaged. For example, you can have an “Ugliest Christmas Sweater” contest that forces your guests to wear ridiculous sweaters to lighten the mood and make everyone feel comfortable around each other.
3. Make a Casino
If you know that your guests enjoy visiting the casino on the weekends, consider setting up a casino booth or a casino room complete with blackjack, poker, and other popular games. You can even hire a service that will set up the games and provide you with professional dealers in the comfort of your own home.
4. Scavenger Hunt
No matter how old you are, everyone loves finding hidden goodies. Setting up a scavenger hunt is easy to do, and you can even make one that covers an entire neighborhood.
5. Watch Movies
If you’re hosting a holiday party, remember that most people would rather be relaxing on vacation during their time off from work. Instead of forcing your friends and family to mingle, you can set up an area as a movie theater inside or outside your home.
6. Make Chocolate Covered Fruit
A holiday chocolate fountain can be an activity in itself. If you rent a chocolate fountain, your guests will gravitate to it because it gives them something to do while enjoying a delectable snack.
7. Sing Karaoke
Buy or rent a karaoke machine so that you and your guests can sing without worrying about the opinion of strangers. If you have talented friends, you can even give out awards once everyone has had a turn.
8. Set Up a Kids Area
If you want to be able to let the adults at the party have a good time without worrying about their children, set up a kids-only area where kids are free to play games, watch television, or hang out. You can hire a babysitter to watch over them or enlist the help of older kids at the party.
9. Have a Gift Exchange
No party is complete without giving gifts. Tell your guests to bring one gift per household with them so that you can do a gift exchange game towards the end of the night.
Excellent food can quite literally be the cherry on top of a great party. Make sure that everyone eats a good meal at your party by offering main dishes, snacks, and desserts.
If you have the ability and it’s not too cold outside, you can set up a DJ booth using a family member as the DJ or hire a DJ to play music. You can also rent a dance floor so everyone can spend a little time dancing off their desserts.
12. Do a Giveaway
When you host a party, your guests will often bring you gifts like wine. However, you can ask your guests to bring gifts or cash to the party instead so that they can be entered in a giveaway. At the end of the night, you can announce the winner of the giveaway and give everyone a reason to stay. Hosting a fun party can be stressful, especially if you’re not sure if everyone will have a good time. By planning activities ahead of time, you can make sure there’s something that will entertain everyone.