How to Throw a Birthday Party While Abroad
Birthday parties are special occasions we all love. However, planning and organizing a birthday party even in a familiar environment is not easy. For some people, who are born organizers, it’s not a problem. They enjoy every part of it and what’s best of all, they’re good at it. On the other hand, there are people who don’t like organizing anything and they hire professionals when it comes to some bigger events. Whichever type of person you are, when travelling, things get even a bit more complicated. Although this doesn’t mean it’s impossible to throw an awesome party while travelling. You just need to be aware of certain things and be mentally prepared for a slightly different birthday party.
When it comes to throwing a birthday party for yourself or a loved one when travelling, there are some key concepts to remember. Essential thing number one is to start planning on time. Then, you should be both creative and flexible when it comes to organization. Depending on where your travel location is, many aspects might be completely different, so the best way is to go local. This goes for food as well as drinks choice. What you shouldn’t forget is interweaving your traditions in some way at the party. And last but not the least, you should try not to stress out, relax and enjoy the celebration.
Start planning on time
Whatever and wherever you plan, you should start on time. This is key to a successful event. This is especially important when travelling as you have to factor in the time for conducting research and finding out where to buy necessary things. Consider your options. First, think about who’d you invite. If you’re travelling with your family or friends, then it’s easy as you have close people around you. However, if you’re travelling alone, then it can be a bit tricky. If you have some acquaintances or friends you’ve made on the journey, you can invite them. The number of people will dictate the venue. You can opt for your accommodation, a restaurant, a cafe or a park, depending on your preferences and budget.
Be creative & flexible
When it comes to the next step in the organization, it’s important to learn how to be flexible and creative. Being flexible is essential as you might not be able to organize it in the way you would do at home. Don’t be too strict and narrow when it comes to picking out a theme for your party, as you might not be able to get everything you need. It can be really frustrating to set your mind on something specific only to find out that you can’t get anything related to that particular theme. So. the best way to overcome this obstacle is to go on a scavenger hunt and see what you can find and then adjust your theme accordingly.
For instance, if you’re travelling around Australia, and you have a birthday coming up, there are numerous things you can do. You can throw a photo party with a photo booth hire in Sydney as a central element. Or you can take everybody to a zoo, Sydney has plenty of them.
Go local with food and drinks
When it comes to food you need for your party, it’s best and most cost-effective to go local. The easiest thing for you to do is to get some local ingredients and foods. And it’s also great as you get to immerse yourself in the culture even more. Find some recipes online with some typical foods and get busy! Or you can even find out what a typical birthday menu consists of in that specific country or area. As far as drinks are concerned, you can use some exotic fruits they have and make some amusing and refreshing cocktails. Surely, your guests will enjoy such a menu and you won’t go through too much trouble while organizing it. If you don’t like cooking, or you’re not handy in cooking, fear not – you can always go for takeaway!
Interweave your traditions in the party
Regardless of the fact that you’re abroad and respecting other people’s traditions and customs, you shouldn’t forget about your own. You just need to be flexible and creative. You can incorporate only one tradition, it would be enough. Think about your way and how you do it and try to choose at least one thing to include. Go for a thing that you can get easily and that is not prohibited or considered offensive in the country you’re visiting. It’s important to keep up with the traditions as they are a big part of who you are. And that remains so, wherever you are.
Try not to stress out and enjoy
Event planning can be stressful. But, by following these essential steps in party planning, starting on time being number one, you have nothing to fear. If you start on time, you eliminate the factor of stress and pressure. Even if you can’t get things you wanted, try not to let it bother you. Just turn it around and go for something else. Perhaps it will be even better in the end. After all, the point of your birthday party is to be surrounded by close people and to enjoy your time together, celebrating life. Too much fuss can shift our focus from what’s really important.
You should celebrate your birthday wherever you are. It’s a happy occasion that deserves to be honoured. Even though you celebrate your birthday in a completely different way from what you’re used to, it’s a whole new experience for you that broadens your horizons.
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