A private party is an event reserved for specific members of a group such as a family, corporate employees or club. There are many different types of private parties and though the term “private party” creates a picture of VIP members holding cocktails at a swanky party, a private party is really any get-together that’s reserved for invitees only. You can have your own private party at your home with a group of girlfriends or plan a special private luncheon for specific clients of your company. Whatever type of private party, you’re planning here are a few tips to make it a success.
Begin by thinking about the general atmosphere you’d like your private party to have. Usually this depends on the type of people who will attend the event. Even if it’s a casual lunch or a cocktail party, if your invitees are people like co-workers, clients or big wigs at your company, you’ll want to make sure to maintain a professional atmosphere from beginning to end. Hold the event at a location where everyone will be forced to maintain dignified and try to keep alcohol consumption to a minimum. If you will be eating a meal at the private party, whether it’s brunch, lunch, tea, dinner or cocktails, its always a good idea to have a seating chart so you can monitor who sits next to who. If you want to expand the conversation for your guests, consider sitting people next to someone they don’t know very well. You could even create some topics of conversation or small games to get the conversation moving in interesting directions. And even if all your guests are close friends or family to one another, games and conversation starters are still a wonderful way for people to get to know each other better.
If you’re planning a large private party, don’t let it get too overwhelming – consider hiring an event planner to help make it a success. Professional event planners usually have a considerable amount of experience with everything from sending out invitations to coming up with some creative entertainment for your guests.