Everyone wants to throw “The Party of the Year” – the party that people will be talking about for years to come. There are a few tips and tricks that will make your party a stunning success. In fact, your parties may become so popular, your friends ask you to make it an annual tradition. Sometimes these parties can take on a life of their own.

When you consider what really makes a party work, think about the things that made some of the greatest parties of all time so memorable. For example, look at famous partiers like Fouquet, the superintendent of finances in France during the reign of Louis XIV, whose fete at Vaux is still celebrated at his palatial country house. Fouquet, just like many other great party-planners, knew that the ultimate offering of any party is the food and drink.

One table should be filled to the brim with bottles of wine, champagne, and a few bottles of spirits like rum or whiskey along with some mixers. If there’s enough quantity to last the entire party, you’re good to go. Renting plastic champagne flutes and wine glasses is a good way to avoid breakages and keep the party going. Remember to greet your guests with a drink at the door. It makes them feel special and introduces a party vibe right away. Music should also be playing to set the tone and fill any awkward silences.

As for food, be prepared for dietary restrictions and allergies, but otherwise, fill another table as if it were a Thanksgiving cornucopia bursting with everything you can imagine. A chocolate fountain centerpiece is a great idea for the dessert table, along with assorted cookies,, cakes, and ice cream.

Clever and brilliant guests who are great at participating in games and other events should be invited as catalysts to get the party going. Remember that games, improv, karaoke, or even a talent show can elevate a good party into a great one your friends will be talking about for months.

There are many ways to make your party a memorable occasion. These are just a few ideas to help you get your party started. With a little attention to detail, everyone will be talking about your celebration.