During the lockdown, every day has a tendency to merge into the next one. Without the weekends there to break things up, Monday and Thursday might seem indistinguishable from one another.
To deal with this, it’s worth throwing the occasional party to break things up a bit. If you have got a large number of people in your household, then you might pull out all the stops to make something special happen – but even if you’re only sharing a roof with one other person, it can be fun to go the extra mile.
So what should we include?
If you’re going to get into the party vibe, then you’ll want to ensure that the place is appropriately decorated. There’s nothing quite so likely to dampen spirits as bare walls and it will make your home office look less like a work place. Fortunately, you don’t have to go too far to create the right effect – a little bit of bunting can go a long way! You can make your own stuff, or you can order in professional party supplies.
Just as a few decorations can transform the look of the place, the right lighting will help to create that party vibe. You can now get ‘smart’ bulbs, whose colour can be changed via a wi-fi signal. Sync them to your music and you’ll get an instant disco vibe.
A party without music isn’t really a party at all. If you have any DJs or musicians in your household, then this is a perfect opportunity for them to showcase the skills they’ve been honing while in lockdown. If you don’t, then just let your music-streaming service of choice handle the audio entertainment. Just make sure the playlist is balanced enough to please everyone.
Food and Drink
Here’s where you can really pull out all the stops and go for something impressive and adventurous. Look at making as much food as possible ahead of time, and keep them in the form of little finger-food, unless you’re planning a sit-down dinner party. Party favourites like cheese and pineapple on a stick should be considered the bare minimum, but you can spice things up if you know what you’re doing. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of instruction out there on the internet!
You can crash-test your creations over the course of a week, and then throw the party at the weekend. The hard part will be resisting the temptation to tuck in. Of course, you’ll need drink to go alongside your food – and that’s where a range of spirits and a book of classic cocktails will come in handy.
Have fun and bring in the weekend with a bang.