Hosting a memorable party at your house requires more than just good company and enthusiasm. To throw the best party that your friends will be talking about for months, you need to pay attention to details, and that includes having all the right equipment.
From creating the perfect ambiance with lighting and music to keeping your guests refreshed with delicious drinks and catering, here’s a guide to the essential equipment you’ll need to host an unforgettable house party.
Your house party equipment checklist
Although we’ve already established the party will be held at your house, depending on your guest list you may want to consider hiring some additional space as well. Marquees are perfect for hosting the party at your home venue, while also keeping everyone away from your personal belongings. They also give you much more versatility on the decor and theme of your party, with a completely blank canvas to work with.
Comfortable seating is a must for any house party. Ensure you have enough seating options for your guests, including sofas, chairs, and barstools if you have a bar area. If space is limited, consider renting additional furniture like ottomans, bean bags, or floor cushions to create cosy lounging areas. Arrange the furniture to encourage socialising and movement throughout your party space.
The right lighting can really set the mood for your party. Create an inviting and exciting atmosphere with a combination of lighting options such as fairy lights, LED strips and colour-changing bulbs. You can also consider investing in a disco ball or a strobe light for a dance floor effect. Dimmable lights can help transition from a relaxed gathering to a dance party as the night progresses. You can even synchronise your lights with your music for a more immersive experience.
One of the most critical aspects of any great party is the music. A high-quality sound system can transform the atmosphere and get everyone in the mood to dance and celebrate. Consider investing in a good set of speakers, an amplifier and a versatile music source. Don’t forget to check the acoustics of your party space and position the speakers strategically for optimal sound distribution.
The food you serve can make or break your party. Depending on the size and theme of your event, you might need various catering equipment. If you’re going for a casual vibe, consider setting up a DIY taco or burger station with warmers to keep the food hot. For more formal affairs, you may want to consider renting serving platters to keep dishes at the right temperature. Disposable plates, utensils, and napkins will make for a much easier cleanup when the party is over.
In addition to a stocked bar, having drink dispensers and coolers is a practical way to keep your guests hydrated, allowing them to help themselves whenever they wish. If you’re hosting a larger party, why not consider hiring a bar and a few staff members to keep the drinks flowing all night long?
Entertainment and decoration
To keep the energy up and ensure your guests have a fantastic time, consider incorporating party games and entertainment. A pool table, dartboard, or a set of board games can be a great addition. If you have space outdoors, set up lawn games like cornhole or a giant Jenga set. Decorations also add that extra flair to your party and help set the theme. This could include balloons, banners, tablecloths and centrepieces, which can be personalised to match your theme.
Lastly, safety should always be a priority. If your party includes a bonfire or outdoor cooking, have fire extinguishers on hand and ensure everyone knows their location. Consider hiring security or assigning a responsible friend to monitor entrances and ensure everyone’s safety, especially if your party extends late into the night.
If you’re interested in hosting a marquee party at your home, we’d love to speak to you. TM Event Hire are one of the leading suppliers of marquees and event equipment in Essex, London and Hertfordshire, with a range of different options to suit any location and budget.
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