Do the words birthday party make you cringe? Do you break out in hives as panic sets in with the big day only weeks away?
On the whole, people love going to parties more than actually throwing a big bash. But if it’s your turn to organise a shin-dig, sit down, take a deep breath and read on to learn how to plan for the ultimate party.
Cait Duncan, Events Extraordinaire at The Loft and Bungalow 8 on King Street Wharf will help you remove the stress and misconceptions around party planning.
“Party planning should be simple. You just need to plan early,” explains Duncan. Sounds easy when you’ve got eight years of hospitality experience, but Duncan says keep it simple, “people get caught up in the frills and overlook the basics: food, music and drinks.”
“Behind every good party, you have the atmosphere created by the music and your friends, jugs of cocktails and good finger food.”
On average, a party lasts five hours, so instead of overdecorating your hired space invest in a round of welcome drinks for your guests upon arrival. “Everyone loves a Mimosa or Espresso Martini. Plus, “It puts everyone in the mood to party!”
In regards to food, she recommends items from the Bungalow 8 share menu which also caters to vegetarians and celiacs – a simple way to overcome any food obstacles with a fussy crowd too. Finger foods such as Fried Chicken, Vegetarian Rice Paper Rolls, Cheeseboards and Fries are always crowd pleasers.
At Bungalow 8 you can cater to everything from a small party with 25 of your best mates to a corporate event for 900. The venue can cover food, drinks and music with ease.
Live DJ’s play on Fridays from 5pm and on Saturday from 6pm – just in time for a sexy waterfront sunset. Turning up the heat on Saturdays are the live percussionists on saxophone or drums.
During the day, it is kid friendly with a Kids Corner with Giant Jenga and even a graffiti wall – busy professional mum’s, you can truly kick back at your shindig.
Instead of stressing out, have faith in the event organisers who can whip up the perfect party from $400. The Bungalow Nights package requires a minimum of 25 people and includes a semi-private area, food and drinks.
For larger functions, sliders and a full canapé menu is available. It’s best you speak with a reservations agent to help create your ultimate party.
“Just don’t embarrass the guest of honour. Our Australian humour can sometimes be extreme,” says Duncan. Wise part(y)ing words.