How to host a successful party & keep the dance floor busy

posted 23 Jan 2019, 02:38 by Dan Magill   [ updated 23 Jan 2019, 02:43 ]

How to host a successful party & keep the dance floor busy

Hiring a decent DJ and offering a free bar for two hours are obvious ways of ensuring your party starts with a bang. You've spent a small fourtune on decorations and those vol-au-vents are to die for but with our insider information, you can have a party your guests will be enthusing over for years to come.

1) Location.

Make it easy for your guests to come and you'll have a great response to the RSVP's. Venues near a town centre generally have a higher turnout than those in the countryside. Clearly there's a balance though, as many of this countries wonderful venues are in hard to reach areas. In the case of countryside venues, check to see if there's local taxi firms and places to stay nearby. Also ensure there's decent transport links too. Make sure you confirm these details before paying the deposit! Get the venue right and watch your party take off!

2) Invitations.

The most common reason people give for rejecting the invitation is "sorry, we're already booked on that date". Get organsised and send those invites shortly after booking the venue. Don't be afraid to remind people in the months leading up to the party. A Facebook or Google + event is a great way to keep people updated and it won't feel like you're bombarding them (as it can with emails). Ask people to leave comments and you'll see the excitement of the party growing.

3) Numbers

Be bold and get the invites rolling out. Let's face it, some people won't be able to make it or they'll drop out last minute "sorry love, baby sitter has let us down". "We've got a definite 125 coming". This is something we hear all the time, but in our experience you can knock off at least 10% (usually more) from your expected turnout. When people start saying no to the RSVP, have your reserve list ready so you can send out new invites. Be brave, invite who you like and get that party bustling.

4) Bar

A KEY TIP FOLLOWS; If you want a party bouncing all night, the dance floor and bar should be in very close proximity. It's common for people to hang around the bar and chat. Similar to a kitchen in a house party. It's a place where people can relax and catch up without being part of the main party. Ask the venue if they can put a temporary bar near the dance floor and close off the main bar if possible. Bar and dance floor together = a rocking party.

5) Speeches

If you plan on having speeches, hold them at the start of the night once the majority of guests have arrived. Do the speeches at 11pm and you risk killing the atmosphere that the DJ has worked so hard to create. Have a short speech, before you've had a little drinky (you won't be so emotional and it's easier to read without double vision) and let's keep the party moving and grooving (ps The same rule applies to cutting cakes too!).

6) Food

Do you really need to provide food (this tip can depend on the party start time i.e. a wedding party simply have to be fed or you'll be facing a riot)...? At 8pm most people will have eaten before they arrive, so here's our top tip. Rather than supplying food at the start of the night (and potentially bringing the party vibe to a sudden halt), ask a caterer to supply a snack a bit later on. People love eating after they've had a drink (kebab anyone) so it's all about timing. We've seen bacon butties handed out at 10.30pm and trust us, that goes down a treat. You can save a fortune on food and don't have to witness your hard earned cash being thrown into the bin at the end of the night.

7) Relax

You know what, it's going to be an amazing party! You're inviting friends and family and they want you to have a wonderful time, so don't let stress get the better of you! And one massive piece of advice... make sure you shake your thing on that dance floor.  Nothing gets people up dancing quicker than the party host/s having a boogie.

We hope you like our tips for hosting a succussful party. Please drop in a comment if you have any of your own tips to share and let us know what you think of our article (please be kind, we're all friends here).

If you need any help planning a party, please feel free to give Dan a call, 07717 851972. We are always happy to offer advice even if you're not planning on booking us. Our advice is free and we love helping people to create their perfect event.

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See you on the dancefloor

DJ Dan

Record Bags (for life)

posted 8 Jul 2016, 04:05 by Dan Magill   [ updated 6 Sept 2016, 09:26 ]

So you've plumped up the courage to have a go on the decks at Closet Vinyl.  Next It's time to hunt down your old classic vinyl ("I'm pretty sure it's in the loft!") and have a sift through and pick out twenty of the best.  Now, at this stage, most people will play it safe.  After all, who wants to show off their best records as people are scrambling for door.
But no, you were pretty cool back in the day and your music taste was always on point.  "They will love my collection of Barry Manilow live from Vegas".

Right, set sorted and it's time to head out, but wait... how do you transport your wonderful collection to the event?
Now this is where things get tricky.  Forget about what you're going to wear (you always wear the same thing anyway).  Worry not about your hair (after 2 minutes on the decks you'll headbanging like Angus from AC/DC and your hair will be all over the show).  You don't even need to stress about which order to play your songs.  No, the real dilemma here is, Tesco's bag for life, rucksack or that free cloth bag you got from that conference at ExCel?

Choose wisely, for there is a camera about...
Some people get all professional and buy themselves a record box.  But that's just showing off (actually it's the best way to preserve your records... Intense Records in Chelmsford can help you out...

Whatever you choose to carry your vinyl, remember this...  Everyone has a record bag, they just don't know it yet.

Now it's up to you... Closet Vinyl are at the Northcote Arms, first Saturday of every month and Bar One Twenty, third Friday of the month.  Time to find your vinyl and come to an event.  

See you behind the decks
D & E

Closet Vinyl - Our Guide On How To Do It

posted 18 May 2016, 05:53 by Dan Magill   [ updated 27 Sept 2016, 06:01 ]

Wondering if you should come to Closet Vinyl?  Thinking you don't have "party enough" music?  Nervous about using the equipment?  Or just can't get your head around the concept?  Well worry no more.  
With our quick guide on "how to do things" your mind will be put at ease and you'll be begging us to have a go.

It Doesn't Work Without YOU
We love vinyl and hate the thought of it being locked away in closets, loft and garages.
Every style works because it gives people the chance to listen to a new genre.   All you have to do is get on the decks and starting rocking the party.

The Record Bag
Once you've had a rummage through your closet and found your vinyl, it's now time to pick out your favourites. Pop them into a bag and leave them by the front door so you don't forget them.  Then, phone your friends and tell them to get ready for a great night out.

How Long Do I Get
We try to give everyone 25 minutes and it's up to you how many songs you play in that time.  If you play the extended mix of New Orders, Blue Monday you'll only play three songs.  However, play the best two minutes of your favourite 7 inches and you'll get fifteen songs.  Geddit?

I've Never Used Decks Before
No problem!  We will show you how to use the decks and mixer and promise not to leave your side until you're ready to play on your own.

I'm Sooooo Nervous
We'll be there the whole way to support you and once you get cracking you'll naturally start to relax.  Once people start reacting to your song choices you can get those hands in the air and soak up the applause. We'll never be far away should you need us.

The Dance Crew
Not everyone wants to go on the decks and that's totally cool with us. There's so much amazing party music being played that the dance floor is very rarely empty.  Bring your friends and come for a boogie. You'll always find one of the Closet Vinyl Crew on the dance floor. We're usually the best dancers too...  Yeah right!

So Now You Know, It's Up To YOU
By now you should be ready to give it a go and It's time to have a look for that vinyl.  Once you get on the decks you won't want it to end.

Come to our monthly residency at The Northcote Arms, Leytonstone.  First Saturday of every month.   And at Bar One Twenty in Chingford throughout the year.
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The Ten Best Things We've Heard At Closet Vinyl

posted 18 May 2016, 05:46 by Dan Magill   [ updated 25 May 2016, 06:31 ]

It's natural that when we're nervous we might say something unusual.  Let’s face it, not everyone has been behind the decks before and some are bricking it. A few might even be, let’s just say for the sake of decency, a little bit merry!

Here’s a little insight into what people have whispered into our lugholes when getting on the decks.

Mentioning no names!

  1. “I’m very nervous.  Please don’t leave me or I might cry”. 
  2. “Do you reckon I can get away with playing Kylie?”  We said yes of course!Our DJ's say the funniest things when nervous
  3. “I’m off for a pee.  If the record stops, do some singing or something”.  We could put a record on?
  4. “How come’s he gets 40 minutes and he’s 5hit?”
  5. “I’ve got some death metal, plus a bit of music from The Matrix”.
  6. “I’m here to DJ.  Is there somewhere to get changed?”  Yes darling, plus Evian on tap.
  7. “Do you have one of those little plastic thingies to shove in this hole”.  Titter!  Oh yes we do!
  8. “Oh bo11ox.  I’ve just spilled a whole pint into my record bag”.
  9. “I used to DJ at Uni all the time”  After DJing… “To be fair I wasn't very good then either”.
  10. “If I start to topple over, can you keep me upright please?”  Well we did try our best...

Who’s next?  Our monthly residency is at The Northcote Arms, Leytonstone, first Saturday of every month.  
See our website or visit us on Facebook and Twitter @closetvinyl for details of upcoming events.


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