>> Try to have a theme for the party; it makes things interesting. Also, it makes people want to look forward to your next party.
>> Chalk out a budget beforehand to avoid any last-minute shockers.
>> It’s always a good idea to throw in a surprise act, preferably an entertainment element to liven things up.
>> Invitations should be sent out in time so that guests can block dates accordingly.
>> Items on the food and wine list should be tested in advance, so you know what’s being served.
>> Details like décor, floral arrangements, glassware, silverware and serving equipment should be looked into in advance. These minute details add to the overall experience.
>> Try to have soft lighting as it helps add to the ambience.
>> Inform the neighbours well in advance that you are expecting guests.
>> Try to make arrangements for the guests’ parking.
>> Make the perfect playlist. I like to have a good mix of different music genres to keep the party going.
>> Wear a glamorous outfit that keeps you in the spotlight.
>> Introduce guests to each other and bring like-minded people together so that no one feels left out.
Party Animal is a weekly column that throws the spotlight on the partying ways of tinseltown folks
Photos: Katrina Kaif, Shamita Shetty at Mumbai airport
Photos: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt promote 'Badri...' on 'Dil Hai Hindustani'
In pictures: 15 facts about kissing that will surprise you
Photos: Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput at cafe in Bandra
Photos: Deepika Padukone, Neha Dhupia and Soha Ali Khan at event