Planning a party? Its sometimes difficult to know exactly how to present your home; how to get the place ready? What to wear? What time of day? Indoors or outdoors? Formal or wild? But it doesn't have to be difficult, all that needs to be done is to know how to exploit the best parts of our homes. Got a balcony? Use it. Got a pool? Use it. Got a bar? Definitely use it!
Here is a selection of beautiful and stylish ways in which to prepare for parties of all types.
Generally speaking, the first thing guests to a party will see is the entrance hall -and just as it's the first thing they'll see, it's our first opportunity to impress. Set the scene with lighting and the chosen theme of the party if there is one. Candles are always a nice touch, day or night: in the day they can add a nice scent upon the arrival of guests and, at night, the flickering glow of the candle light on the walls is a timeless joy. Low key warm lighting is also tremendously welcoming to walk in on when you arrive at an evening party—this could be used to showcase a chosen theme: like traditional Japanese, African, French or Brazilian; introducing it to guests in style.
Making sure people have enough place to get around in is a priority for every type of party. No one likes being forced into a corner at a party! This doesn't, however, mean that style needs to be substituted space. Take this Bhavin Taylor design here: although there is plenty of furniture in this room, there is more than enough space for guests to move about, mingle and meet new faces in.
Seating arrangements and space are often problematic for party planning. Don't be afraid to mix things up though—here we can see two separate tables, maybe even more could work still; six small round tables throughout a dinning room for a couples evening or couple swap evening! There is a world of choice out there, don't be afraid to push the boundaries.
Creating the right mood at a party is important for the type of party you want to have. A drinks and nibbles evening party that should only go on until ten requires a higher key of lighting than an 'all-nighter'. Think about the mood that the party would best benefit from—early evening parties are great with a light and spacious mood, where as a late evening bash often benefits from a close atmosphere and a sheltered, overhead light source—like you would find in some bars.
Take a look at this idea from Andras Koos, the overhead candle feature will create an atmosphere with good visibility but also one of intimacy and allure.
With trendy, open planned apartments like this one above from Berliner Fliesenmarkt, there's a perfect opportunity for a designer party. An open floor for dancing and plenty of couches for networking. The high ceilings and freedom to move will leave guests in awe.
Open landings provide a great spot for guests to get an overhead view of the party. Making a feature of a landing like this is a good way to assure roaming at a party too, enticing the masses to explore a beautiful home.
A bar can add a really fantastic, novelty element to any party. Guests will flock to get a seat and soak up the action from the comfort of the bar and be certain to remember their experience for years to come.
Bar themes are often popular and can contribute heavily to the experience of your guests too—who doesn't like a Hawaiian themed bar?
On a nice day or calm evening, outside areas provide guests with the perfect opportunity to mingle outside. A designer fire pit like this one from Wagner Möbel Manufaktur will draw the eye of the masses and give them something to huddle round when the temperature drops!
Pool party? Why not! A pool is a unique element to any party; making the host the talk of the town for weeks to come and adding a different freshness to it too.
For those in possession of a skyline, or even panoramic, balcony or roof-top garden, then waste no time preparing this area to be the hub of the party. Barbecue parties work exceptionally well on roof-top gardens and terraces. Imagine sitting on this one with a cold beer, staring out over the cityscape in a state of complete relaxation.
As mentioned before, the lighting at any party is important for setting the tone and the mood of it. One good tip for most parties is to angle any exposed light bulbs towards the nearest solid face—the walls, floor and ceiling. For non-manipulable bulbs, then consider changing the lightshade itself or simply turning it off This helps to soften the light intensity in rooms and also administers the opportunity to place features around the lit areas. Take the arrangement here for example: the intensified black of the wall behind helps to exaggerate the white of the lilies and surrounding lighter colours; resulting in a very admirable effect.
Never overlook the bathroom when it comes to party preparation. A well made, sweet smelling bathroom can leave guests with an experience that could have been a lot worse when twenty other people are using the same one! The Buddhist theme in this bathroom leaves one with a pleasant impression, whilst the candle light adds to the already calming atmosphere.
Scented candles are always a winner for bathrooms, but also consider playing some background music- if you have a theme then follow it up—Buddhist theme, south-east Asian music—easy.