How to Throw a Party: Swim Edition

Posted July 13, 2016 by swimcreative

Swim Creative does not take birthday parties lightly. Especially our tenth. In honor of the big 1-0, we’re throwing The Cannon Ball, a bash at Clyde Iron Works on August 11. As much as we wish parties would just plan themselves, they don’t. Here’s the breakdown of how we’re making sure The Cannon Ball reflects Swim and is declared: Unmissable.

  1. Hire a Party Planner

Seriously. These people are professionals at throwing parties. They’ll do it right. Make sure to find a team that comes to the brainstorming table with lots of good ideas but listens and gives you lots of creative freedom. We’ve found our party partners in Northland Special Events.

  1. Brainstorm a Theme

It doesn’t have to be over the top, but giving your party a cohesive look and feel will definitely add to the allure. We’re going with early 20th-century cruise, meaning lots of cool old globes, gold detailing, sailing flags and shuffleboard.

  1. Beats, Beats, Beats

Whether your budget is small or large, not having music is not an option. We’ll be playing our fav playlists on Spotify, but we haven’t forgotten how much fun a live band brings to the night. The big draw of The Cannon Ball will be performances by Big Wave Dave and the Ripples and Portrait of a Drowned Man.

  1. Refreshments

You don’t need alcohol to have a good time, but it’s definitely a fun add-on. If you can, get creative with the drinks you serve. We’ll be having specialty drinks inspired by our new branding, including a mystery drink called Sail the Electric Cyan.

Also, always have water available because dancing is dehydrating.

  1. Rally Around Someone or Something

Make your party not just about you. Have part of your entrance fee or beverage purchases go toward a good cause. For us, that means the $10 suggested donation goes straight to Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation and the construction of their new building. Get wild for wildlife, everybody!

  1. Have Fun with It

Imagine a killer party. Then plan a killer party. If you’d be excited to get invited to it, you can bet others will be, too.

  1. Just Breathe

Planning can get hectic. Make sure to take a step back and calm yourself. The beauty of a party is that it isn’t organized out second by second. Make sure the elements are all there and then let things happen naturally. And if something goes wrong, work around it. Food doesn’t arrive, call Jimmy John’s. The mic isn’t working, make light of it and keep the party rolling. If you’re still having fun so will others.

At the end of the night, no one will remember the issues. They’ll remember the good vibes and great times, and hopefully, start asking you when’s the next bash.

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