There are party goers and party throwers. There are amazing stars that shine at both and duds who’d best just stick to dinner and a movie. What determines success? How much fun was had by all.
Consider Robin, a consummate party thrower. She loves throwing parties, but even more, Robin loves planning parties. Before she has completed one party, she already has 3 or 4 more under construction. Themes and events stream through her brain at rapid speed and inspiration is found everywhere. She has a list of people she relies upon to get the job done and she knows who to call for everything. Need a cake? Ask Robin and she’ll provide the top 5 bakeries to contact. Looking for tables and chairs? She knows who to call and how much it’ll cost (if anything). Need a prop? She’ll check her “closet.”
The Party Closet - that is – a common element among party throwers. This space is dedicated to housing props, gifts, costumes and anything else that screams PAR -TEE! These items are not frivolous. Expert party throwers are not pack rats. They are selective about what they keep on hand, knowing exactly what is required for the perfect party and impossible to find on short notice. Everything in the party closet is used at some point or it gets passed along, and not every closet is the same. Each depends on the unique interests of the party givers. For example, there may be gowns, tuxedos, table linens, western gear, wigs, folding chairs, assorted hats, palm trees, cake pans, crystal, paper plates, jewelry, strobe lights…the list is diverse and seemingly infinite.
Robin shops all year, looking for bargains that may come in handy for a future event. She’s bought Swarovski crystal and iPods at rock bottom prices knowing that they will make perfect prizes for a raffle or contest. She’s found curtains, lamps, chairs and a sundry of inflatable’s to suit every conceivable backdrop.
One time it was an in-door beach party, complete with sand, trees and water (beach attire required, despite the minus zero temperatures outside). Another time it was a Red-Carpet Oscar party, complete with what else? A red carpet (lined with Paparazzi) and Oscars (awarded through a traditional envelope opening ceremony) for all the guests!
“Parties take work.”
“They cost a lot of money.”
“It is impossible to make everybody happy.”
“There is always a crisis.”
“Throwing a party is exhausting and thankless.” Really?
Not according to Robin. Throwing parties is pure delight and she hosts parties to entertain herself! She enjoys every minute of it, from the first idea to the day after clean-up. A last minute crisis to others is an opportunity for her to tap into that unending reservoir of ideas, props and resources. Friends and acquaintances come out of the wood work to help her prepare and clean up with the hope that they will end up on the next guest list or get a referral from her in the future. And she is always ready to step-in to save the day for others – that’s just what party throwers do!
Excuses don’t fly with Robin because it’s not about the venue, any locale can be party ready. She regularly moves furniture in and out of her bungalow style house to accomodate her theme. It’s not about the money, finding ways to party on the cheap is part of the thrill. And it’s certainly not about hiring someone else to do it for her. That would absolutely defeat the purpose. According to Robin, there is only one real reason to throw a party – and that’s simply for the fun of it! Stick to that premise and the rest will fall perfectly into place.
Party ON! EY just heard from another consummate Party Thrower – Stacie! Stacie works in the restaurant business, so the holidays are always crazy and she rarely has time off, much less time for planning parties. Instead of the usual holiday party, she throws a “Christmas in February” party every year where she and her other bff’s in the service industry (think medical, retail, hospitality) can all get together to catch up and exchange gifts. And one other thing – they can dress up! Only for this party, there’s a theme so dressing up means costumes. This year’s theme: Lady Gaga. Past year’s have included Michael Jackson and Madonna. Stacie’s been planning her costume for weeks now and she’s pulling out all the stops! According to Stacie, there’s a prize for best dressed – and she’s certain she’s going to win! Thanks for sharing with us – we know you’ll have FUN – for the FUN of it!