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Gorgeous Party Ideas for a Gathering Your Guests Will Never Forget

Follow our fool-proof dinner party planning guide for a stylish soirée guaranteed to get your guests in the mood

With COVID-19 restrictions slowly easing, we look forward to finally catching up with our friends in the flesh. Keeping to the visitor limits in your neck of the woods, there is no reason why you can't turn your standard home hangout into a fun party! Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, New Year, a birthday, an anniversary or just gathering the gang for a COVID-safe catch-up, we’ve pulled together some genius party ideas – including everything from décor to dining – to throw a party your guests are guaranteed to rave about for years to come. 

Image Credit: Style Me Pretty and St Germain

Party Ideas: Set Up Your Own Cocktail Station

Alternatively, if you want a more hands-on experience, call on Cocktail Porter – they’ll send you a handy little cocktail box that comes with all the ingredients you need to mix up all your favourite tipples. It’s a subscription service, so you’ll get a new cocktail delivered every month – think Espresso Martinis, Bloody Marys and Treacle Old Fashioneds – complete with recipe cards, spirits, mixers and fresh garnishes. Can you think of a better way to impress your party guests?

If you want to drink without over-indulging, fill the bar with low-alcohol spirits and liqueurs. That way, guests can try a bit of everything without going a sip too far. One of our favourite tipples is St Germain Elderflower Liqueur. With a low alcohol volume and 1,000 handpicked elderflowers in every bottle, this elegant French liqueur tastes delicious on its own, with soda and citrus, and complements a range of spirits, making it the perfect cocktail companion. 

Here are a few of our favourite recipes to take inspiration from:  

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Party Ideas: Fill Up With Finger Food

Fancy doing it all yourself? Impress your guests with a homemade selection of delicious delicacies. Finger food is always a winner at parties, and even more impressive when you can tell your guests that you made them yourself. Here are a few of our favourite recipes and party food ideas to take inspiration from.  

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Party Ideas: Stock Up on Wine

An essential party ingredient. Every party ideas list should have a dedicated drinks section. Make sure your wine list is on point with a selection of red, white and rosé for your guests to help themselves to. Oh, and don’t forget the fizz. Grab a mix of Champagne and prosecco – by the end of the night your guests probably won’t know the difference! 

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Party Ideas: Set the Scene With Party Décor

You don’t have to blow the budget, but a few party decorations never go amiss when you’re hosting a gathering. Indoors or out, grab a few balloons, table centerpieces – we love a pineapple or two – even a few simple flower arrangements will add a thoughtful and decorative touch. Fresh foliage, candles, colourful cakes, prosecco and candy stations – let your creative minds run wild. Here are a few decorative party ideas to get your started. 

Image Credit: Carla Choy @ Style Me Pretty

Party Ideas: Create Your Guest List

Don't forget the guest list! Prepare your party ideas list by inviting your best gang. Make sure your gathering is full of your favourite people, to guarantee optimum party time fun. (Of course, keeping in mind COVID restrictions).

Party Ideas: Send Out Invites

If it’s a special birthday or occasion, go old school and send out handwritten invitations. Sure, you can share the invite over your group chat, but what a rare treat to receive a handwritten note in the post. Adorable.

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Party Ideas: Prepare a Party To-do List

The key to a successful shindig is all in the planning. You might get carried away planning your party ideas. So you don’t forget anything, write down a to-do list with all the essentials: shopping list, decorations, food prep etc. And turn it into a schedule so you know how to plan out your entire day in the build up to the main event. 

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Party Ideas: Create a Party Playlist

Music is a must for any party. Set up a sound system to play all your favourite tracks. If in doubt, make a Spotify playlist that you can play in the background – that way you won’t have to worry about changing the tracks.

Looking for party ideas music inspo? Find your perfect neighbourhood playlist. These epic playlists have been curated to suit the suburb you live in. Genius!

Image Credit: Style Me Pretty

Party Ideas: Set Up a Photo Booth

Ensure your party is Instagram-ready with some carefully-curated props – think wigs, giant glasses, and silly inflatables. Giant paper corsages and lanterns make the perfect backdrop for photos. And don’t forget a bucket of strategically-placed sparklers for post-sundown snaps.

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Party Ideas: Luxe Lighting

Party planning 101. Add ambience with hanging lanterns, candles and tea lights, or even a few stylish table lamps to set the scene. Fairy lights look particularly magical if you’re hosting a garden gathering.

Party Ideas: Introduce Party Games

Get the party started with a few adult-themed party games. Channel your inner child with a game of Twister, Pictionary or charades, or a few drinking games are always a good conversation starter. Heads Up is hilariously funny (particularly when paired with a few vinos) – you can download for free on your phone – or get the gang in trivia mode with a fun pub quiz. You can always bring in some old school board games too, for added party kicks.

Loved our creative party ideas? Party planning is always fun, but if you'd rather be out and about, there are plenty of places to keep you well fed and entertained. Sydney's bar and restaurant scene is always buzzing, but if you want underground cool, Melbourne has everything from grungy speakeasies to cheffy Michelin-starred menus, for the intrepid foodies of the group.