Let’s talk about a new phenomenon I’m seeing at gatherings….
Social media has made planning parties all the more accessible…YAY!
Problem: some hosts/hostesses think sending out a mass Facebook invite to all 176 of their local friends constitutes as planning a party. A few more ambitious folks will even look up some fun party platter on Pinterest to create and serve.
Keeping it simple right? What is the harm in that.
Planning NO activities for a party is a major faux pas. I’m not saying you need party hats and pinatas to get a crowd going-but there is a reason people put that together for kids.
INTERACTIVITY IS CRUCIAL.
The last several parties I have been to have followed the same formula.
Some lights or balloons are strung outside so guests know where the party is at (good).
Guests walk into marked door and see other guests (hooray).
There is a food table somewhere near a kitchen (always a plus).
I’m sorry what? I’m a huge believer that parties are made so that we interact! Meet new people, get to know current friends better. If there is no structured activity people will talk with those they came with. Some brave souls will venture out and introduce themselves to one or two others.
SUBGROUPS BEGIN TO FORM. Don’t get me wrong, creating a more intimate circle is great-until it ostracizes you from the rest of the party.
My advice? Even having a simple round of catch phrase planned is better than inviting people to stand and stare at each other. Have a few ice breakers that facilitate mingling. The more your guests get to know each other the better the atmosphere will be.
So go on, plan some activities! Your guests will thank you for it.