PEDESTRIAN.TV has partnered with Patron to bring you into the shindig spirit.
Throwing a party can be a lot: between worrying about cups / ice cream / misc. item you inevitably forget and if everyone is having a good time you may forget to have fun. But if you just set the right mood, all your worries are gone and the night takes its course.
Easier said than done, which is why we developed a six point plan with our friends at Patrón to make sure your summer party plans are easy, light and sophisticated without requiring a lot of effort, just like the mind itself. Sit back, relax, you have it. Well you will!
# 1. Reconsider the space
House parties are a fun beast because you have to create an open space, but not too much lots of open space lest the party feel a bit bare. Moving the sofa and coffee table to make a dance floor is a no-brainer, but it’s only the first step. Think about other spaces: are there places for D&M? To chat with large groups? Are there any traffic lanes that can be cleared? Can more than one person wait for the bathroom or do we need to make a rearrangement to make it work? There is no one answer, because there is no one house, but just taking a second to think mentally goes a long way in creating comfort and atmosphere.
# 2. Turn on the mood
Lighting creates or breaks a mood: don’t let your regular overhead do the work. At nightfall, install colorful lamps to perfectly illuminate the rooms. Just play with it in advance, not the hour before the guests arrive! And fill up anyone who says string lights aren’t fancy – they’re great for outdoors, to create a little summer twilight fantasy.
# 3. Cocktails For All
Nothing like a cocktail on arrival to set the mood, especially when it’s something light and refreshing. Tequila is a great summer spirit, and while a margarita is a classic for a reason, I’d give Patrón Paloma a rating – a cocktail of grapefruit juice, soda, lime and Patrón Reposado. Better yet, it’s super simple: mix 60ml of Patrón Reposado, 90ml of grapefruit soda, 15ml of fresh lime juice and a pinch of salt in a highball glass filled with ice and stir, then garnish with a slice of grapefruit. Add a rim of salt for a little more flourishing. Colorful, tangy, easy: it’s a party, but if that’s not your vibe, we’ve got a few other summer cocktail recipes here as well.
# 4. Perfect the playlist (s)
Obvious, accurate, but often overlooked. The tricky part of creating a party playlist is capturing all the moods of the night – the inviting background tracks but not too energetic to begin with; pop hits and dance floors; the questionable but adorable EDM of 2011; songs to sing. Putting everything on one playlist won’t work, even if you plan the track order meticulously (someone will inevitably skip a track or scroll to their favorite and mess it all up). This is why you must create several playlists, for several moods, changing according to the needs of the party.
At the same time, don’t be like Kendall Roy and yell if someone hijacks the “approved party playlist”. A good host goes with the flow – if people want something else, let it happen. (That said, Kendall’s playlist is in fact all the firecrackers all the time.)
# 5. Nibble well, prepare before
Every good party has its fair share of snacks on offer, but you can’t just leave out a deli board overnight and call it a day. Having prepared snack “courses” – just storing certain dishes in the fridge or not taking them all out at once – goes a long way in making people feel taken care of. Still, when it comes to the party, you don’t want to be stressed out by the details during: there’s nothing quite like a late night and feeling like you haven’t seen anyone because you were. too busy with housekeeping.
If you can pre-bake pastries (like gourmet sausage rolls, divine) then simply reheat them in the oven. Not only will your friends be well-fed every time they want a snack (rather than rummaging through the snack table long after it’s been set up, chilled, and drinks have been spilled), you will also be known. like a top party host, without putting in much effort. Isn’t that something?
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