Pick a theme
Have you always wanted to host a barbecue?Assigning a theme to the occasion sets the tone and the mood. For example, you can make it a Western party. Stage a cookout complete with Texas barbecue, bandana napkins, and country music. Or make it a spaghetti western party with a Sergio Leone video in the background. Serve pasta with red sauce, breadsticks, and Chianti on a colorful checkered tablecloth.
Choose a unique location
An outdoor site provides the best party atmosphere, but sometimes you want to take a traditional backyard party to the next level. A public park can be a welcome change as a stage for celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or a personal triumph. Kids and grownups alike will love a graduation party at the zoo. Feeling ambitious? Throw a romantic party on the water aboard a yacht or sailboat.