Throwing a party is a lot of fun. It’s a great excuse to bring people together, whether it’s old friends or new ones.
Others may think it can be a lot of work, but with these 5 key steps, you’ll see how easy and stress-free it is to host one for your friends and neighbors.
There’s also one element that should not be overlooked: having a photo booth.
In this post, we’ll show you the key steps from Nick Gray’s book to ensure a great and successful cocktail party:
If you’re planning to host a cocktail party, read this post to learn a few things to keep in mind.
WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO NICK: He’s hosted hundreds of networking events and cocktail parties for people all across the world. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times wrote about him, and he’s started and sold two multi-million dollar companies. Every place you go requires a little bit of a different style of party to make sure your guests are begging you for an invitation to the next one.
Nick wants to make sure that you give yourself at least three weeks to plan the party, and he calls it the party runway.
It will give you enough time to fill up your guest list and buy a few necessary basic supplies like drinks and some snacks.
You’ll use the runway for these specific things, in this matter:
Collecting RSVPs will drive attendance and will show social proof for people to attend your event, and it will make it easier for you to send reminder messages.
You also need to include all the relevant information about your event. Add photos of you (the host) to spice it up. Make it fun and enticing for people.
Nick always feels so strongly about having name tags and icebreakers. He posted some reels, YouTube shorts, and even memes about it.
Name tags help make a safe space for people to meet new friends. He has written an entire chapter in his book all about name tags and why you should use them.
Icebreakers serve as both introduction and conversation starters. It massively improves the odds of new connections and conversations.
Nick will teach you how to properly execute icebreakers here.
Not only do they provide a fun activity for guests, but they also offer a unique way to capture memories of the event.
Here are the four important steps if you’re planning for a photo booth:
Many hosts struggle in ending their party. Asking people to go home is never fun.
But don’t worry! Nick never lost a friendship or ruined a connection by ending his events in time. In fact, people thanked him for it. You can do it, too!
In this article, Nick will show you exactly how to gracefully end your party and how to handle people who don’t want to leave.
Nick’s tip: Always list a start and end time for your party on your RSVP page. Set the expectations that your party will end at a certain time, in this way, people will show up on time, you’ll boost attendance, and everyone will know that it’s not an all-night happy hour.
Throwing a party with a photo booth is fun and easy!
Your guests will definitely thank you for connecting with friends and capturing memories with your photo booth.
Remember, follow these key steps from Nick’s book, The 2-Hour Cocktail Party, and you’ll have an amazing experience as a host and enjoy your event:
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nick Gray is an entrepreneur and author living in Austin, Texas. He started and sold two successful companies: Flight Display Systems and Museum Hack. Nick is the author of The 2-Hour Cocktail Party, a step-by-step handbook that teaches you how to build big relationships by hosting small gatherings. Over 75,000 people have watched his TEDx talk about why he hates most museums. He’s been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Magazine called him a host of “culturally significant parties.” Visit his websites at www.nickgray.net and www.party.pro or find him on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.