Planning the perfect party can be no easy task, being responsible for making sure the evening is one that entertains and delights. This means keeping a lot of different plates spinning in the air. You have to plan decoration, food, drinks, entertainment, plan the guest list, set everything up… needless to say, keeping track of all this can be very difficult.
This is why it can be a good idea to choose a theme to keep the party focused and make the planning more focused and easier to manage. The theme could be anything, but you want it to be something people look forward to, something exciting and a little mysterious…
Sounds like a burlesque themed party would be perfect!
To help you get started, here are our top tips to help you plan the perfect Burlesque themed party:
One of the most important things to get right when planning a themed party is the decorations, as decoration will help to sell the theme you’ve chosen. For a burlesque theme, play with old Hollywood glamour to give a classic feel. Think art deco, silver and gold, spotlights and glamour.
To evoke the feeling of being at a burlesque show, you need to create the right atmosphere. To help achieve a theatre feel, go for low key, moody lighting, with warm hues.
Another thing you’ll want to make sure you get right is the music. You want to strike the right note of showy without overpowering conversation. If you have gone old Hollywood for your decorations then classic jazz, bebop and retro film scores will compliment them perfectly, whilst also providing a great ambient soundtrack for the night.
Get creative with the drinks menu
A great way to make sure your party kicks off in high gear is to offer your guests burlesque-themed cocktails once they’ve arrived. Don’t be afraid to get cheeky by serving a “sex on the beach” or “screaming orgasm,” or just make up your own variations. Don’t forget to think up some non-alcoholic options too for those who aren’t drinking alcohol.
It’s one thing making sure the decorations and drinks fit the theme, but, you’ll want to make sure the partiers look the part as well.
If you want dive in the deep end, you could make it a fancy dress party where people turn up in burlesque styles, high glamour and sexy.
Or, if you’d rather keep things more casual, you could ask your guests to wear one item – such as a feather boa, masquerade mask or similar, to make sure everyone gets into the spirit. These little touches needn’t be expensive and you can provide a basket of small trinkets from a costume shop for people to take from as they arrive.
Put on a show
The best way to make your party feel like all things burlesque is to put on a burlesque show as part of the evening’s entertainment. You could even keep the performance a secret until the night itself, and watch the shock and surprise on your guests faces as the performers take to the floor!