Nigeria is a multi-ethnic and wholly diverse country in terms of its culture, as established by a paper from Covenant University. This means that there will be no shortage of all sorts of celebrations, festivals, and parties to indulge in. If you are planning to host a party, it would really help if you have an idea of what to do in order to build a good event.
Pick a Theme
As a host, everything starts with your party’s theme. There is a multitude of themes to choose from, like a royal-themed party, a movie-themed party, and even a casino-themed one. With sports betting being legal in all Nigerian states, over 30% of the population regularly indulge in this hobby. So, you know there will be an existing interest in this particular theme. A similar casino theme allows people to play games like poker and blackjack. Guests can also enjoy food and drink normally associated with casinos, like finger sandwiches and champagne.
DIY or Get a Party Planner
Depending on the theme that you choose, it’s good to know early on if you can handle it yourself or if you need some help with carrying out all of your plans. This decision is important, as getting a party planner will cost you money. A party planner can organize an amazing party on your behalf if you hire the right one. If you want to ‘do it yourself’ (DIY), it’s wise to be realistic about your plans. Do a lot of reading beforehand to get the gist of what should go with your theme. It will help narrow down your ideas so you don’t overreach your capabilities.
Get Your Invites Out
One of the biggest responsibilities of a host is to make sure that the guests know important party details. This can easily be achieved by sending out invitations. You can send your invites through online means like Facebook or you can send printed invites out to your guests. Your invites must have the key details of the location of the party, the time, the theme, the dress code, and the RSVP contact information. That way, your guests can reach you before the event for any questions and tell you if they’re coming, so you can establish a final head count.
Food, Decorations, and Seating
Hosts must also make sure that there is enough food to go around. It is generally a good idea is to finalize your guest count and then add food for 10 more people. It is better to have extra food than to realize halfway through the party that there isn’t enough for your guests. While Nigerians like to dance, it’s important to have enough seating so they can rest in between dance sessions. Try to avoid cluttering the venue with too many decorations – remember that less is more when it comes to establishing a good theme.
With these tips, you’ll be able to put together a good party for yourself and your guests. Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends and family to get inspiration and helping hands. The whole point of throwing a party, after all, is to have fun every step of the way.