Sunday, March 17, 2013

Want the best party? Check out the 'Plot List' at The Costumer

Giving a successful party is hard work. I always worry if my guests will have fun and will they like each other.

I know I have fun at parties if I have something to do besides making small talk with people I don't know. When I give a party, I want people to think of my home as a wonderful place, filled with energy and excitement. I also believe it's my responsibility to make it happen. My hunch is you feel the same way.

Undoubtedly, you've been to parties that really left you cold and disappointed.

Here are some tips to help with your party planning.

1. Design your guest list with people who you think will connect, have things in common and make an effort to have fun. I have some friends, not too many thank goodness, who wait for everyone else to make them comfortable. They want others to approach them, never reach out and bring very little to 'the party'--so to speak. They're just hard work.

2. Think about the best parties you've attended. We all like people who make us feel important connect with us and make us glad we've attended. One way to achieve this is to have a theme party. Think about Halloween. Everyone gets a chance to play, take on a new identity and act out a fantasy. Why does this work? People have something to think about--they have a purpose.

In other words, I get to be anybody but me! Think about the most interesting party you've attended. Themes allow you to help people have fun by giving them ideas on what to wear and what to bring.

3. How can you plan a theme? Obviously there are holidays, which come with recognizable themes: Halloween, July 4th and Valentine's Day to name a few. If you're looking for something a little different, check out The Plot List and Theater and Show Rentals at the Costumer. With over 60,000 + theatrical costumes from over 390 shows, there are lots to choose from.

Once you've chosend a theme, call and ask about the availability on wigs, decorations, and costumes. The people at The Costumer are well versed in fun and party planning and can give you the scoop on what to do next.

4. Plan the party around your favorite show. A couple of years ago, I saw Guys and Dolls at the Park Playhouse in Albany, New York. I've loved the music since I was a kid and my next door neighbor appeared in a local summer stock production. I went and looked online at The Costumer for Guys and Dolls and found wonderful costumes. For other shows such as South Pacific, there is music and the karaoke CD. Now we can have some real fun! No doubt you've got a friend or two dying to grab the microphone.

5. Plan your food, drink, invitation and decorations to correspond with your theme. Determine ahead of time what you would like your guests to bring and let them help out. You know, treat your party like your high school prom and ask for guests to be on the decorating committee.

6. Have a photographer available and post the photos on Facebook and tag your guests. You'll get known for having the best parties in town; that means, a ton of exciting, new guests.

Don't forget to make sure you check out The Plot List and check to make sure the costumes and wigs are available. There are certain times of the year The Costumer is inundated with high school plays and Broadway shows and many costumes are out.

Besides, the summers are great times for themed parties; no coats and boots to worry about. Call The Costumer at 877-218-1289.

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