This is my first BLOG ever! I am going to try to post them every couple of weeks, for those who are interested. I am hoping to share party hosting tips for any mums & dads out there wanting to throw a successful stress free event!
MUSIC is a great place to start when planning your party. Is there a theme? How old are the guests? These questions point me in the right direction for creating the most appropriate playlist. When planning a playlist for a children's party, I ask the parent of the birthday child for 3 of their favourite songs. This automatically guides me with what music is going to best suit the child and their guests. For example, I have asked a mother of a six year old girl for her favourite songs... I was told 'ABBA'. Another mother of six year old tells me 'Justine Clarke', 'Nursery rhymes' & 'Barbie', and then there are the six years olds that are all for 'One Direction', 'Katy Perry' & 'P!nk'. Making sure I have the right playlist is instrumental in the party's success!
If the party is themed, I will match the playlist with themed music and then add some usual favourites to the playlist about halfway through. For example, for a Pirate themed party, I have put together a great playlist which has specific songs for games, face painting, snack time & when I'm balloon twisting. Songs such as Sailing, Sea Cruise, Captain Feathersword, Anchors Aweigh, & Wipeout. It even includes sea & sailing sound effects at the beginning of the party to create the feeling of being on a pirate ship. Including the theme song of JAWS randomly throughout the playlist is great for a Shark game! But by about half way through I add the usual suspects Gangnam Style, Firework, Party Rock Anthem, Bom Bom Bom.
Technology today makes it super easy to access iTunes on your iphone for any last minute requests, but having a playlist pre set and ready to go will make life easier.
I will talk more about themes later on down the track, especially about the hit movie Frozen, which is being non stop requested for the latest party theme. With an incredible soundtrack like that, music is as simple as buying the album and letting your party guests sing along. If you buy the deluxe version, you will get the karaoke tracks too! FUN FUN FUN!