Parties Vivian | 05 Sep 2010 03:13 pm

Throwing a Karaoke Music Party

A night of music and fun is the goal of a karaoke music party. With the right mix of people ready to sing their hearts out and plenty of food and drinks to keep things loose and relaxed, a karaoke party can quickly become one of the year’s best events. A karaoke party can also be perfectly paired with any other event, such as a birthday party, Christmas party or office party.

Supplies. Renting a karaoke party setup is simple, given the increased number of karaoke rental services in recent years. You can rent all the karaoke supplies you need, such as machines and karaoke CDs, when you host your own party. For larger events, consider hiring a karaoke DJ to do all the work and bring their own karaoke supplies. Most basic karaoke machines have a combo player and screen for the lyrics, plus microphones. Some have recording devices so you can preserve the musical memories forever. You can choose from a wide range of karaoke CDs as well. Add some great mood lighting, simple decorations for a stage area and you’re all set.

Location. Whether you host the karaoke party at home, at work or in a church, there are a few things to consider. Make sure there’s plenty of room for moving around and for the karaoke supplies to rest comfortably without risk of being kicked or stumbled over. Ensure there are enough outlets for the karaoke machine as well. Finally, there should be plenty of seating for the audience to kick back and listen, or jump up and party.

Invitations. Give guests a hint of the fun to come at your karaoke party. Use sheet music, old vinyl records or even CDs in cases to extend invitations. Make sure that when you are compiling the guest list that you include people you know will not be shy about singing. Consider a music theme night, such as “Welcome to the ’80s,” “The Grammy Awards” or “Rock Star.”

Food. Tie in everything to music when planning food for the karaoke party. Since many people will be moving up and down to and from the stage, plan on delicious finger foods, sandwiches and plenty of drinks to wash it all down. Try mini croissant ham and cheese sliders, chips and dip and music note cupcakes for dessert. Often a buffet-style setup works best for a karaoke party so guests can help themselves without missing a beat.

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