As you get older, you may find yourself increasingly reminiscing about the good old days. Fond memories of amazing and even wild nights with friends throughout your twenties may be bittersweet. While you may cherish those memories, you may also be dismayed that your current experiences with friends are rather dull. Even when they are somewhat enjoyable, they lack the raucousness and general thrill that social gatherings in your younger adult years had. The good news is that you likely are not alone. Your friends may also quietly yearn for another unforgettable party. By walking through a few simple steps, you may be able to reinvigorate your social gatherings.
Choose the Right Guests
When older adults plan parties, they often overlook the one important purpose of social gatherings. This purpose is to have fun. The invited guests will play a major role in the overall vibe of the event. For example, inviting many people who are wallflowers and who likely may politely leave after an hour or two can give you a much different experience than inviting boisterous, happy people who are the life of the party. There may be a few people who you must invite for social reasons who may not be the ideal party guests, but try to infuse your guest list with many of the latter type of partygoers.
Pick a Fun Location
Many people will host a house party. This is an affordable venue that may be comfortable for you and your guests. You may even have fun features, such as a pool, a hot tub or a game room, that are ideal for entertaining your friends. Take a closer look at your home to determine if you have ample space for your guests to feel comfortable and if you have enough fun things to do to keep everyone entertained. Otherwise, you may choose another location. If money is an issue, you may ask attendees to chip in and pay for a party boat rental or a room rental at a fun location.
Focus on the Music
Regardless of where you have your event, music matters. Music sets the tone of the event and dramatically impacts mood. Consider preparing a party mix that includes many hours of music as a prep step. Think about tunes that your specific guests may love, such as hits from a specific genre. For inspiration, consider looking for a list of top hits of all-time from a genre or top hits from a specific year. If you want your guests to get into the mindset of their younger adult years when they were partying with friends, be sure to throw in some top party hits from those years.
Consider a Theme
You do not need to have a special occasion or a theme to host a party. For example, you can host a backyard barbecue simply because it is summertime. Many parties do bring people together for a special purpose, such as to watch a football game or to celebrate a holiday or birthday. Themes can help people to get into the mood. They require your guests to take some prep steps of their own before they arrive, such as by finding a costume or a fun t-shirt, preparing a specific dish or getting ready in various other ways. In addition, they add a festive atmosphere to your even that you may be hard-pressed to generate in any other way.
Plan Exciting Activities
When you attended a party in your younger adult years, the host likely did not need to go out of his or her way to plan fun activities. The partygoers simply found fun things to do, such as playing drinking games. Your older guests may be less inclined to dig deep and find their inner youth without inspiration or encouragement. You can encourage them to let loose by providing fun activities that they can participate in. For example, set up a ping pong table in the garage for your friends to play beer pong. Place a fun party game or a deck of cards on the kitchen table. Think about darts, horseshoes, cornhole and other activities. While having these various activities available throughout the interior and exterior of your home is important, your guests may also be more inclined to have a great time when you provide alcohol or encourage them to bring their own beverages.
Social gatherings tend to get stuffier and even become a type of social chore in some cases as you get older. If you are ready to breathe new life into your get-togethers, put these tips to use when planning your next event.