The 5 Ingredients to an OMFG Event
Fact: Throwing an awesome event takes some major skills, but it’s not rocket science either! You probably thought all you needed was some vodka, balloons and a Katy Perry playlist on repeat, right? Wrong! Sorry, but that’s not gonna cut it. And if your guests come across another boring cocktail dressed up with “artisanal tonic water”, don’t expect to ever hear from them again.
Good events doesn’t have to cost a fortune. But if you’re in a town like Sydney, New York, London or Hong Kong, where events are happening pretty much on a daily basis, you’re gonna want to step up your game with these five, simple key points to stand out from the crowd:
1. Have a Killer Theme
Remember the days of uni when all you needed to say on the invite was Free Booze and people turned up? Yea… those days are over! Everyone expects some kind of theme when attending a party these days. It can be as “out there” as Willy Wonka complete with Oompa-loompas or as tame as ugly Christmas sweaters (note: it ain’t ugly if everyone else has one!). A killer theme keeps tongues wagging, but more importantly, makes sure everyone’s talking about your party long after!
The Venue Has to be AMAZING
Unless you’ve hit the real estate jackpot with an awesome, event-worthy home, you’ll probably need to find a venue for your gig. Whether it’s 12 people or your closest 200+ mates, you need a space that’s gonna sell itself. Ballrooms are outdated, and a standard white-walled and grey carpeted meeting room will definitely ensure your guests fall asleep before you can say tea break! Find something with edge. Maybe even a bit of heritage. Make it a space that gets guests thinking of a dozen questions.
Make Sure There’s a Place to Crash
If you’ve got an event going into the wee-hours, chances are you’re gonna have a lot of tired feet and sore heads to think about when the party’s over. And if your event is in a city so spread out like Sydney, Australia, giving your guests an optional place to crash can be a god-send! Get them a room at a hotel with all the essentials! Our pick is Ovolo Hotels ;) Breakfast, Wi-Fi, and even self-service laundry to wash away the evening’s dance sweat is all included for your stay!
Have Mind-boggling, OMG-I-Can’t-Get-Enough Food (and Drinks…duh!)
Unless you’ve told them to grab something like a meat pie beforehand, expect your guests to show up hungry and thirsty! The trick to satisfying them? Give them something hot, cold, meaty and veggie (not all-in-one of course); a cheese platter, flavoured popcorn, braised lamb, an epic Eton mess…getting the picture? Combined with a signature drink made just for the event, you’ve got that winning recipe locked!
Wow Factor – You Only Need One…
Throwing an event soon in Sydney, Australia? Who said you had to do it all yourself? Ovolo Woolloomooloo’s just launched its brand new events arm where their team can make sure your event’s got all five tips nailed to the T! Click Here to learn more about the new space.
Amadou is an American-raised, Hong Kong-based writer, communicator, and all-around lover of travel & food. He speaks four foreign languages and loves recommending new and exciting things to people whenever they go somewhere new. When not managing his day job, you’ll probably find him at a happy hour or at the park with his Maltese Terrier, Maxx.