DIY New Year’s Eve: Party at Your Pad

Part Three: Music and Entertainment

When was the last time you went to a party that had no music? Probably never, right? That’s because music is a major contributor to the overall atmosphere of an event. It has the power to draw your guests in, get everyone on the dance floor and bring the night to a 882078_10151389061503857_69302952_oclose. Further, “It creates the emotion you want to evoke from your guests,” says talented entertainment producer, Andrew Larris.

But, how do you go about providing music and entertainment for your New Year’s Eve bash? Here, you’re faced with two options. You could either hire one of our talented DJs, or be your own via an Ipod playlist and some speakers.

Regardless of your choice, we’re here to help.

Playlist Perfection: It’s Easier than You Think
Sure, there are people whose sole jobs are to figure out the perfect music for your party. They’re called artists, and they’re phenomenal at what they do, but you too can pick a great soundtrack for your night as long as you have two things in mind: the length of the party, and who will be attending.

The length of the party will more or less dictate the length of your playlist, but you want to make sure that your playlist will run long. Our rule of thumb: more is better. “Just make sure you have way more hours than you need to make sure your run out of music or if the party should go longer you have that little extra you need,” said CEO and Creative Director of NYX Entertainment & Events, Howard Teger.

You also want to have the demographics of your guests in mind when you’re crafting your playlist. Hosting an older crowd? Sprinkle in more classics. Younger crowd? Go with more of the Top 40 hits. It truly is that simple.

Crowd Control
Regardless of the demographic and genre that you choose, you’ll need to get the party started, and bring it to a close. These can be two of the trickiest times for you as a DIY DJ, but again, let’s stick to the basics.

As guests arrive, entertainment producer Andrew Larris suggests playing “not danceable” music – the kind that can facilitate both energy and conversation. This is a time that people can feel comfortable getting drinks, eating appetizers and catching up.

Once you’re ready to switch gears, turn the volume up a pinch and transition to something more upbeat. These are songs that you’re likely to find on Top 40s and Greatest Hits lists (a quick Google search will help you hunt these down).

Finally, when you’re through with dancing, start to bring the night to a close with a decrease in volume and some slower-tempo songs. CEO and Creative Director of NYX Entertainment and Events, Howard Teger, suggests closing the night with a few classics. “Time of My Life from the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack and Three Little Birds by Bob Marley are my favorite,” he said.

If your guests aren’t quite getting the musical-nudge, couple your slow songs with a general PSA to let them know it’s time for the evening to come to a close.

Have questions? Comment below, or call the pros! We’re happy to help!

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