How To Make Your Party Go With A Bang

There’s a rather famous song that says ‘It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to’, but if you plan everything properly, there really is no reason to be crying. You need to source a great venue, create a guest list, make sure your food selection is tasty and memorable, and to decide on your entertainment, then everything else should be fine. Your party should be one that is talked about for years, whether it be for your birthday, engagement, wedding, anniversary, hell, people are even holding divorce parties these days.

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Kate Moss knows how to throw a party


Your venue is important, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Many people are holding parties in their own gardens these days, using a marquee that can be hired just for the event. If you would rather that the noise and mess (let’s be honest here) was away from your own home, there are places like community centres and village halls that can be hired at a reasonable cost. If you have more budget for the venue, you could look at local hotels which often have function rooms to hire. A hotel can often also organise your entertainment and your catering too, which could take away some of the planning for you.


Even if you decide to host your party at home, it does not mean that you have to spend the day leading up to it making sandwiches. An outside catering firm like can address a whole host of catering needs or themes, and can even bring staff if you decide to have your food served as well as catered for.  You can set the budget for your food, being as frugal or as lavish as you decide, and you can ensure that the food will be up to a fabulous level, leaving you just to enjoy your party.


Your choice of entertainment should be a reflection of your taste. Want to dance the night away? Then a DJ would be a good choice. Like something a little bit more refined? How about a swing band. Totally fun-loving and love a bit of a sing along? Then you can’t really go wrong with karaoke. The choice really is all yours, it’s your party after all. I know a couple who held their own rave for their engagement party and totally loved it, and another couple who had a mini festival for their joint 40th birthdays.

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Your party should reflect you, and should leave everyone having had the best of times, and that includes you. After all, who wants tears on their special day?

What makes the best parties so great?

There is nothing like a good party. A combination of great people, food, drinks and music, the best parties have a little something more, something to make them memorable and much talked about.  Whether the party is small and intimate, a large rowdy gathering, something that has been organised by events management companies the best parties will remain in the mind long after the debris has been cleared away.

Here are a few of the best parties that I have attended, and what made them just so wonderful.

Harvey Nichols 10th Birthday in Birmingham

Why: This is the party that had it all, a free flowing bar, lots of celebs in attendance mingling with the party goers, photo booths, dressing up opportunities, a coconut shy where you could win a pair of Louboutins, a fashion catwalk show – need I go on? Truly one of the best parties I have ever attended, and definitely one that gave me an enormous hangover the next day.

Candy Floss! launch Aqua London

Why: One word. Shoes. Free shoes. The launch of, referred to as a Scandi ASOS, was fabulous, and one of the main reasons for this was the fact that guests could chose a pair of shoes that would be sent for free. As a gimmick, it takes a lot of beating. Still have my fabulous shoes too.

Boohoo Christmas Party

Why: The venue made this party very special. A trip to drink potent vodka at IceBar London was an experience not to be missed, very cool, very cold and very different. This party is proof that you don’t actually need to be wearing a super slinky frock to enjoy a party, 20 minutes in an IceBar may just be the perfect night.

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Why: This time it was all about the cocktails, which had been specially created for the evening. These were totally lush and ensured I had a really terrible hangover on a school night yet again.

The Lobby on Hill Street Launch Party

Why: This music at this one was incredible, a total classic funk soul explosion with a celebrity DJ in the form of Craig Charles. This was one night when I didn’t want to get off the dance floor, even wearing heels.

Spot Craig Charles in the background

What made your fave parties so special?

‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ Twitter party coming soon

To celebrate the launch of the DVD version of the Michael Rosen classic story, lots of bloggers will be holding ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ parties this Thursday, and you can join in too.

Joe is very excited about the Bear Hunt Party

We’re going on a bear hunt film review

The classic story is now a beautiful family film that was one of the big hits on television this Christmas, bringing all the magic and wonder of Michael Rosen’s story to life. The story itself is a very simple one, a family, and their dog, go on a bear hunt – and they’re not scared. They face lots of rough terrains along the way, from rivers and mud, forests and a snowstorm. They have to go through all of this in order to find the bear, but they face it all as an adventure. However, when they reach the dark cave, and finally meet a bear, it seems they are scared after all. We are left with a bear all alone, with children everywhere wondering if maybe the bear was in need of a friend too.

Bear Hunt Goodies

It is a really wonderful film, with lots of repetition that young children love to join in with, and beautifully drawn illustrations that will delight those who love the book too. The voices are instantly recognisable, with Olivia Coleman and Pam Ferris amongst those bringing the characters to life, whilst the music is fabulous, a new song by George Ezra, one of the brightest new stars to emerge in 2016.

You can buy your copy of the film here, or can download the film here.

We’re going on a bear hunt Twitter party

You may have noticed the badge in the sidebar that says I am going to be hosting a #Bearhunt party on Thursday 16th February between 4-6pm. To help with the party celebrations, I have been sent a party box that contains a great selection of games and goodies that will help the party go with a swing.

The box includes quizzes, games like pin the tail on the bear, biscuits to create bear faces, cut out bear ears and many other things.

You can get involved with the party on Twitter on Thursday, there will be lots of competitions with spot prizes and you can follow at the fun, by following @UKMumstv and looking for the hashtag #bearhunt.

The party promises to be a lot of fun, so make sure you put Thursday 16th – 4pm until 6pm in your diary.

Join Joe this Thursday 4-6pm on Twitter.