Trying to guarantee that your afterparty will be great is like trying to force a YouTube video to go viral. It always starts with the best intentions, and then it's slightly heartbreaking if it falls apart. We have words of wisdom to share! And it starts with this hot take: if your afterparty playlist kicks off with Cotton Eye Joe, we have a problem (unless, of course, your event was all about 90's music nostalgia).
Your guests have already been to a full event! They might be wiped when it's all said and done. After all, a great event will have filled their brains and heart. If your event is choc-o-bloc, you can one of two ways with your afterparty. Put together something so enticing people can’t say no, or put together something low key that won’t overwhelm your guests.
If your afterparty doesn't have snacks, then you've missed a valuable opportunity for a little brand-building hospitality. Especially if you're serving drinks, then you'll want to have food on hand for people, or you run the risk of your guests leaving to find food.
Sounds crazy, we know. Who would pass up a party because they have to let their dog out?! Well, lots of people, it turns out. People need to get home to see their kids, they might have other activities or commitments for the evening, or they might even want to spend a little extra time with their partner. See, it's craziness.
And who can blame them. No one likes forced networking. Here's an idea - have a few social butterfly plants, people whose main role at your afterparty is to start conversations and connect with people. There will always be volunteers who love to chat, so giving them the role of unofficial host can get the room moving.
So what advice can we give to keep your guests from flocking to the exit after your event ends?