There are a lots of reasons to throw a party. Sometimes you may not even need a reason at all. The usual motives for a get-together may include personal events such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or christenings. However, there are always more universal opportunities for to come together for good food and company.

The calendar provides many opportunities for you to want a host a party. A quick look at any calendar in the house will quickly point out dozens of holidays, memorial days and public observances that can be marked with a shindig in the backyard. Of course not all do. For some of the more solemn holidays, it may not be appropriate while others may be a little too niche to warrant something as grandiose as a party.

Get the party going

Prepare a good music playlist

What kind of music should you include in your party playlist? Well, you should definitely add music appropriate for the party theme. For instance, if you are having a birthday party, then dance and rave music might suit your taste. A prom should have a combination of both upbeat dance music as well as romantic music. Of course, you can also consider adding songs appropriate for the theme of your party. So if you are having an 80s’ party, digging for some 80’s songs would be practical.

Consider hiring performers

Suppose you are too busy to prepare a party playlist. Well, you can rely on other people for that. You can hire a good singer who can sing a variety of songs. You can hire a live band whose music everybody seems to love. You can even hire a good DJ to ensure that there would be enough party music for the event. Make sure that you hire the ‘right’ individuals. By ‘right,’ this means individuals who would make a good run for your money.

Hire high quality AV equipment

No matter how great the musical playlist you have prepared or no matter how good the performer you have hired is, music would not be very good if you do not have high quality AV equipment. Instead of using cheap, old speakers, invest in AV equipment hire. Do not hesitate to invest just to make sure that you have great party music. Again, music would dictate the life of the party.

Upcoming holidays to get you in the mood

So we’ll start with the one’s we’ve already marked down and you can go from there.

Mothers’ Day/Fathers’ Day (May 10th/June 21st)

These two should go without saying. While you usually celebrate this holiday privately by giving cards or gifts to your adoring parents, you may also want to host a party so you can celebrate the parents in your family en masse. This is an especially good idea if you have a grandparent or great-grandparent, who would naturally have a number of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who’d want to show their love and respect.

Memorial Day (May 25th)

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that marks the many sacrifices the Armed Forces have made in defending the safety and liberty of their country over the course of the nation’s history, most particularly the World Wars. This is usually celebrated with military parades, but given the fair spring weather you can also host a BBQ party in the back garden to celebrate as well. This is an especially good way to honor any members of the family who are serving, or who have served, in the Armed Forces.

Independence Day (July 4th)

Perhaps one of the biggest secular holidays on the calendar, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate our country’s freedom with a bang (literally!) The good summer weather and plentiful discounts mean that you have very fertile ground on which to throw a spectacular get-together for friends, family — even the whole block. Make sure to host a good American-style BBQ, set off some fireworks, and set up the TV to watch some of the national celebrations.

Eid (July 17th)

Properly known as Eid al-Fitr, this is a day that marks the end of the month of Ramadan, a period of sunrise-to-sunset fasting practiced by Muslims. In celebration of this event, it is customary to enjoy a lavish feast to herald the ending of the fast and the demonstration of generosity and hospitality. It is customary in many Islamic countries to share a plentiful meal with friends and family, so why not celebrate a blessed Eid by throwing a suitable party? Many mosques and Islamic communities around the country host such banquets, and sometimes they even provide entertainment such as ice rinks and fun fairs.

Halloween (October 31st)

A popular holiday for its spooky themes and the chance for trick-or-treating, Halloween also offers a fantastic excuse to host a party. Naturally the theme here should be suitably creepy, so be sure to invest heavily in fake cobwebs and skeletons. Also have some traditional Halloween treats and games on hand as well, such as pumpkin pies, bowls of candy, and face paint for the little ones.

Thanksgiving (November 26th)

A family favorite, you should be sure to mark Thanksgiving down on your calendar long in advance to ensure that you’re ready for it. Should you have the honor of hosting your family this year, suffice it to say you must be prepared to pull out all of the stops, as this will likely be one of the biggest meals you’ll host in the year until Christmas. Making sure you plan early, including that oh-so-crucial roast turkey, will prevent many headaches on the actual day.

Hannukah/Christmas (December 6th to December 14th/December 25th)

We appreciate that these two are entirely different holidays with entirely different histories and traditions, but they fall close enough together in terms of season that we think we can combine the two just this once. As two very important holidays of the Christian and Jewish year respectively, you may want to go the extra mile and host a grander celebration. Christmas, in particular, has for a long time been marked by feelings of goodwill and generosity, encouraging lavish eating and celebration. Hannukah is no less celebratory, being a commemoration of the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

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