Invitation cards are becoming classier, especially for big-ticket parties. If the invite fails to impress, the party flops.
Hosts are going for extravagant invites and creative ideas for which they are willing to spend the moolah.
The type of invitations which are gaining popularity are those with classic designs, interesting talked-about packaging (think boxes with invites inside, bejewelled fabric envelopes) and a move away from colour to the more elegant whites, golds and metallic.
There are mixed opinions about theme parties. Most feel that one should get into a theme only if they have the budget to play with.
If it's a Moulin Rouge party then the host needs a big pocket to create the Parisian ambience and fly in can-can dancers. Anything less would be a disaster..
With Om Shanti Om being the rage, the retro party theme is hot this season.
The party venue and how you do up the place is also critical. If it's a theme party, that will dictate the décor. Hip new restaurants are guaranteed great venues. In the coming year, garden, rooftop and farm house parties away from the madding crowds, using industrial space and dressing down five star venues with simple elegance, will be in.
The obligatory starlets, models, wannabes and social butterflies will dust off their jewellery and their little black dresses and trust the arty crowd to play it down with a vibrant scarf and jeans.
Drinks are a key factor in ensur ing the success of a party. One should know the taste of the guests and cater to them. "If the bartender says, sorry that cocktail is not available, you are a bad host," said a prominent party thrower.
Eat, drink and be merry
Another important feature of a hit party: good food. It's no longer possible to make do with just cocktails and snacks. If you want your party to be talked about, you'll need a dinner spread. The more multi-cuisine, the better.
Indian, Thai, Lebanese, Italian and Japanese cuisines are the best bets for a multi-cuisine spread. Live counters serving piping hot food cooked right there, is a trend that'll stay Some meticulous hosts . even make breakfast arrangements because a hot party ideally winds up after sunrise.
Sound of music
It's simple, if the music is drab, the party wanes. It's important to set the right mood and tempo of the party with the right kind of music. Take the help of a professional DJ if you have to.
With a tilt towards retro, music of the 1980s and 1990s with some popular Bollywood is always a hit with guests. Make sure the dance floor has the required paraphernalia of lights and sound systems.
Secure does it
Lastly, but importanly, good security arrangements are always welcome. Nobody likes entertaining gatecrashers. Parties are becoming well organised affairs. So is the trend of engaging professionals to help manage them.