Are you feeling downtrodden and unmotivated?
Loneliness has a real impact on your mental and physical well-being. There’s a greater risk of developing depression, brain fog, and social anxiety.
Mayo Clinic studies confirm that socializing lessens the side-effects of loneliness. What’s more, it’s proven to boost cognitive function, longevity, and innovation.
How can you manage the blues when you’re stuck in the house?
According to science, it’s time to throw an epic party at home!
Plan your bash with this creative home party guide.
- 1 1. Plan in Advance
- 2 2. Drink Ideas for a Party at Home
- 3 3. Sweets and Salty Treats
- 4 4. Break the Ice
- 5 5. The Classic Movie Night
- 6 6. Throw a Cooking Party
- 7 7. Swap Parties
- 8 8. Garden Party Ideas
- 9 9. Essential Oils Party
- 10 Throw the Ultimate Party at Home
1. Plan in Advance
Spontaneity has its merits, but impromptu house parties can wreak more havoc than their worth.
For example, failing to notify the neighbors of your upcoming party could lead to a noise complaint. Worse yet, you could pay a fine for disturbing the neighborhood.
If you’re hiring a band or party attraction, you may need to check with the city first. You may need a permission (or permits) to use available street parking for your party too.
Are you planning to serve alcohol at your house party?
You must plan in advance to ensure all guests are 21 years or older.
Beyond age requirements, you’ll need enough beverages to last the night. Kegs are cost-effective, serving roughly 40 people. In fact, one keg translates to four beers per guest.
Traditional kegs aren’t sold at the grocery store. You must order them in advance at large beverage retailers, like Bev Mo.
However, you can purchase mini tabletop kegs from the store. For example, a Heineken mini keg equates to a 12-pack of beer, ideal for a small gathering.
Send your party invitations two months in advance. 60 days is plenty of time to gather RSVPs, order supplies, and get the house ready.
Snail mail invitations are nostalgic, but make sure to send backup e-mail (or Facebook) invites too. SMS invites also work.
If you’re drowning in party logistics, make a checklist for all your needs, right down to the chips and dip.
2. Drink Ideas for a Party at Home
You’re not finished with your drink menu!
Kegs are perfect for college parties, family reunions, birthday bashes, and even backyard weddings. However, not everyone is a fan. Provide additional beer options, like bottles, 24-packs, and bathtubs full of ice and beer.
You can’t forget the wine. Buy plenty of favorites, like rosé, white zinfandel, Moscato, and classic red. Boxed wines are a huge money-saver too.
Cocktails require lots of vodka, rum, and gin. You can also buy pre-made cocktail mixes at the store.
Fancy cocktails have multiple steps, but you can keep it simple with these easy cocktail ideas:
- Coca-cola with vanilla vodka
- Pineapple juice and rum
- Bloody Mary cocktails
- Vodka cranberries
- Gin and sprite
If you’re throwing a brunch at home, you could make screwdrivers with orange juice and vodka. Alternatively, replace the vodka with champagne to serve delicious mimosas!
Of course, you can whip up yummy non-alcoholic alternatives, like Shirley Temples, watermelon lemonade, and ginger beers.
3. Sweets and Salty Treats
After all that drinking, your guests are bound to get the munchies. Come prepared with everyone’s favorite snacks.
Here are a few classic faves for your home party checklist:
- Mixed nut tins
- Assorted sandwich cookies
- Animal cookies and crackers
- Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies
- Assorted candy bags
- Potato chips
- Tortilla chips and salsa
- Veggies and ranch dip
Provide plenty of bottled water and soda to quench guests’ thirsts. Store-bought mini sandwich platters and wraps are a great idea too.
Fondue is a fun twist on a party snack. Guests gather around the fondue pot, enjoying their own yummy creations. This type of party is perfect for large kitchens.
Do you have a cool backyard?
S’mores are a delicious and nostalgic party snack.
Create a fire pit in your backyard so that guests can roast marshmallows over an open fire. However, you’ll need plenty of firewood to last through the night. Kiln dried logs work best for campfires, which you can learn more about here: https://www.buyfirewooddirect.co.uk/
You could also throw a potluck-style party where guests bring food dishes and beverages. Potlucks have a lot more variety, ideal for block parties and all-ages gatherings.
4. Break the Ice
Food and beer are the keys to guests’ hearts. When you’re throwing a party with close friends and acquaintances, the staples suffice. However, if you’re hosting a party where guests feel like complete strangers to each other, you’ll need some ice-breakers.
Board games aren’t the only ice-breakers. Music alone is the perfect. Party music inspires guests to get on their feet, turning strangers into newfound friends.
Games aren’t off the table, though!
Bring popular dance games into the mix, like “Dance Dance Revolution,” “Just Dance,” and “Dance Central.” “Guitar Hero” is another party favorite, complete with a guitar-inspired controller.
Other video games for parties include:
- Super Mario Party
- Mario kart
- Knowledge Is Power
- Jackbox Party
Party golf and bowling games are two more guest-pleasers. There are also video game versions of Pictionary, Apples to Apples, Taboo, and even Pin the Tail On the Donkey.
Poker is another favorite ice-breaker. However, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Poker is best for intimate gatherings where everyone can play.
5. The Classic Movie Night
Movie nights are the original at-home parties.
You don’t have to worry about ice-breakers since everyone’s attention is on the movie. Plus, guests can discuss the film afterward, bonding over shared interests.
Movie nights aren’t just for intimate gatherings with friends, either.
Rent a mini movie screen for your backyard and hold an outdoor screening for the block! You don’t have to worry about getting the house ready, just set up tents and tables for refreshments.
Outdoor movie parties are perfect for warm summer nights.
Here are a few film favorites to add to your Friday night lineup:
- Independence Day
- Blade Runner
- The Matrix Trilogy
- Weekend at Bernies
- Dazed and Confused
- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
- Almost Famous
- The Avengers: End Game
- The Sandlot
Crowd-pleaser movies work best. If kids are in attendance, go for classics adults can enjoy, like Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, or Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Next, whip up tasty movie night snacks.
Start with these foolproof favorites:
- Candy Apples
- King-size candy bars
- Nachos with cheese sauce
- Classic hot dogs
- Mini cheeseburgers
Of course, you can’t throw a movie night without fresh popcorn.
First, you can always buy microwave popcorn. There’s even movie theater-style popcorn that tastes like the real thing. You could also buy popcorn tins with different flavors, like caramel, cheddar, and chocolate-coated.
If you really want to impress, wheel in a popcorn stand, complete with retro striped popcorn boxes.
6. Throw a Cooking Party
Remember the fondue party idea?
Step it up a notch with a culinary-inspired party at home.
You’ll need plenty of supplies to pull off this idea. Guests can also bring their own cooking supplies; remember to add this stipulation to your party invites.
A simple example is a cupcake-making party. This idea works for both kids and adult parties.
Cupcake Party Ideas
For example, you could throw a boozy cupcake-making bash with the following infused recipes:
- Vanilla champagne
- Chocolate lava rum
- Southern Comfort cupcakes
- Chocolate bourbon pecan
- Orange cream mimosa cupcakes
- Baileys and cream
- Jack and coke mocha
You could also whip up tangy margarita cupcakes or strawberry daiquiri crunch cakes for summer parties.
Don’t forget the sprinkles!
For boozy cupcake parties, buy edible silver and gold sprinkles. Crushed cookies and Snickers bars taste yummy Kahlua cupcakes too.
Cocktail Mixology Parties
Cupcakes work great since they’re so small. Whipping up a multi-course dinner is a bit much for a party. Keep it light and undemanding.
Another great idea is a cocktail mixology party.
There are a ton of mixology books for hosts. Plus, Google is packed with easy cocktail recipes for parties.
Here are few recipes to get started:
- Whisky Sour
- Long Island Iced Tea
- Classic margaritas
- Apple Shandy
- Sloe Gin cocktail
- Jello shots
You could also whip up cocktails inspired by movies and TV, like White Russians from the Big Lebowski and Carrie’s famous cosmos from Sex and the City.
7. Swap Parties
Do you need to get rid of some unwanted belongings?
Combat loneliness and downsize your life with a fun swap party at home.
This overlooked party idea is an ice-breaker itself. Guests bond over cool vintage items, discovering products they haven’t seen in years.
Start with a clothing swap parties. These are ideal home parties since so many people need to unload old, unwanted clothes. Plus, new parents can save hundreds of dollars on baby clothes.
Toy swaps are another idea. In fact, you could throw a kids-themed swap party, complete with safe toys, used children’s clothes, and bedroom decor.
Of course, you’ll need to set some ground rules for items. For example, used toys should work like new with minimal scratches. Used baby clothes should be in “like new” condition, showing very minimal damage.
Sanitation is another factor. Make sure all items are cleaned and disinfected before swapping.
Include swap party rules on your invitations, but remember to buy extra disinfect wipes too.
If you’re throwing an outdoor swap party, provide enough tables and tents for guests’ items. You’ll also need clothing racks, plastic bins, and drawers for jewelry and small items.
8. Garden Party Ideas
Are you proud of your Backyard?
Show off your gardening work with a fun garden party. This party idea is perfect for friends and neighbors with green thumbs. Similar to a swap party, guests can trade plants or even sell them.
Garden parties are perfect for those warmer months, but don’t discount winter-inspired garden parties!
Fire up the fireplace, and host a toasty indoor garden party with the following winter favorites:
- Pine wreaths
- Pine cone centerpieces
- Witch Hazel
- Evergreen holly
- Winter jasmine
Incorporate creative activities, like wreath-making crafts, pine mantle pieces, and winter flower crowns.
During summer, turn your backyard into a mini farmer’s market for friends and family. Impress guests with homemade tomato salsa, salads, appetizers, baked squash, and grilled veggies.
Provide plenty of wooden crates, flower pots, fresh soil, and gardening supplies for guests.
A whimsical garden party is an excellent opportunity to bust out your teaset. Serve a variety of teas, along with finger sandwiches, mini teacakes, and chocolate-covered strawberries.
9. Essential Oils Party
Take your garden party a step further with an herb and essential oils station!
Guests can learn how to turn their favorite herbs into fragrant oils, like lavender, rosemary, and chamomile. You could also provide soil, planters, and seeds, allowing guests to plant their own herbs.
Essential oil parties are a fantastic ongoing party idea. As guests improve at their craft, they can produce more advanced creations, like their own custom oil blends.
You’ll need the following supplies for your essential oil party:
- Empty bottles for custom oil blends
- Mini roller bottles
- Tiny stainless steel funnels
- Sills (if you’re not using a crockpot)
Guests can extract essential oils by boiling herbs in a crockpot or sill. The oil floats atop the surface, which guests can collect.
You can always invest in an essential oil extraction and distillation machine, speeding up the process. Oil machines are less cumbersome to use than crockpots.
The next step up is a spa party. This party idea is great for guests who’ve mastered essential oils, creating their own custom blends.
Start with a soap-themed party. Keep your essential oil supplies handy, but supply soap-making supplies like coconut oil, shea butter, and olive oil.
Jot down the following ideas for more inspiration:
- Homemade bath bombs
- DIY scented candles
- Organic bubble bath
- Essential oil infused lotions
- Spa gift baskets
Guests can create spa gifts for each other, a creative idea for Secret Santa parties and more.
Throw the Ultimate Party at Home
Don’t settle for boring nights in front of the computer screen. Kick it up a notch with a cool and creative party at home!
Save these ideas for your next bash, or discover more party inspiration in the blog.