It doesn’t really matter if it’s Halloween or not, because throwing a costume party can be a lot of fun any time of the year. The final scene when you and all of your friends are dancing and drinking dressed up as your favourite celebrities or characters sounds amazing for sure, but there’s a lot of preparing for it involved. You definitely want to be the perfect host, so here are a few tips for throwing the perfect costume party:
Pick a Theme
You can always settle for a traditional costume party where all the guests wear whatever they want, without having to stress too much. But if you want to do it right and make sure the atmosphere at the party is going to be great, you should pick a specific theme. You can have all of your guests coming dressed up as celebrities from Hollywood or superheroes, or maybe have everyone choose outfits from different decades like the 70s and the 80s. Luckily, there are numerous themes that you can choose from, so make sure you’re open to new ideas.
Make the Invitations
Needless to say, make sure you only invite people that you really enjoy having around. Supposing that you already picked a theme, you should make the invitations in a way that they match with it. You can go ahead and create a cool design that you can print, but if you have the time you can always make handmade invitations that will be much more appreciated by your beloved guests. Make sure to specify the date, the time and the place of the party on the invitations, but more importantly, tell your guests which theme you chose for the party so they can start planning for their costumes.
Use the Right Decorations
You want to create a whole scene, where your guests will feel like they really are part of the story told by the theme that you’ve picked. So let’s say you chose to have a Harry Potter Themed Party. In this case, you definitely want to have a lot of candles around the room, a lot of pumpkins everywhere and you can even use special decorations that are really specific for the entire theme.
Consider Fun Activities
This one is a pretty obvious one, but it never really gets old. Yes, having a costume contest is always a great idea, always appealing for everybody. Even more than that, you can consider reenacting scenes from movies if it fits with your theme, or you can have karaoke time if you’re theme involves singers. Besides this specific activities for costume parties, you can always reserve some time for traditional party activities, like just dancing the night away.
It looks like you’re all set up! Now all you have to do is to greet your guests, make them feel welcome and make sure they’re having an amazing time. It can be pretty overwhelming to entertain one such party but don’t stress too much once it starts happening and try to have as much fun as possible.