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Throwing The Perfect Karaoke Party

The new year is around the corner, and what’s a better way than throwing a karaoke party to wait for the new year on the 31st. Karaoke is fun, especially when you are surrounded by your friends and when the alcohol is reigning king. If you love singing but have the voice of a crow, then karaoke is for you, no but joke aside, karaoke is a great way for you to mingle with your friends and have a fun time. Throwing a karaoke party to welcome the new year is the best way to welcome 2022 in my books, and this is what my chosen family and I will be doing this year.

What is karaoke?

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The original-sing along technology originated in California, but the first sing-alone machine was created and widely popularized in Japan during the 1970s. The original device required you to pay money, and then it allowed you to play a recorded version of a song that can be sung into an attached microphone. They became a form of entertainment pretty quickly and were popularized at parties and restaurants throughout Japan, where the music and singing were traditional accompaniments to festivities. The popularity of karaoke quickly spread throughout Asia and America, and you can find karaoke lounges across these 2 continents.

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Karaoke is vastly popular around the globe, but it is especially well-liked in the United States and Asia. It is a widely popular pastime that involves singing the lyrics of a song which is usually accompanied by the recording of the original background music of the song. It allows people to sing their favorite song live with their friends and will enable you to interpret your favorite songs while being uninterrupted by the original singer. Whether you can sing or not, karaoke is a fun time and will crack you up, but either way, you’ll have a good time there.

Set a theme

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Think of any theme; our go-to team is to dress up in drag as our pop divas. But you can also choose a 60s team or go as simple as Rock n’ Roll. A theme is a fun way to dress up and bring focus to the party, which will get people to come out of themselves. Have a trunk where you have wigs and clothes that your guest can rummage through to dress up then and there if they didn’t come dressed up.

Do, simple decoration that fits the theme and mix in some related time period trivia pursuit questions to get the fun started. So, get your theme ready and send it to your guest and tell them to come dressed up to the occasion.

Alcohol

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This is going to be a karaoke party that will welcome the new year, so this means that the booze has to flow because you need alcohol to celebrate the new year (unless you are sober or don’t drink). You can also make it a BYOB party where your guest brings their own alcoholic drinks, and so this doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg when it comes to preparing for the party. Have some cocktails and jello-shot that will lube your guest up to have a nice time during this party, and the alcohol will loosen them up, which will encourage them to sing and make the best out of the karaoke machine.

Alcohol and karaoke are the perfect matches, and no one will argue with me on this one; it is not open to criticism. If you are wild like my friends and I, then have a drunk karaoke party, be you will most likely wake up blackout, but that is the name of the game, especially if it is new year’s day.

Put someone in charge.

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Put your bossy friend in charge because they will get your friend group together, and as the MC or Master of Ceremony, they will keep the party moving forward, and everyone will get the chance to sing their song and show how well or and they sound. 9 times out of 10, it is the latter, but it is a fun time either way. The role of the MC is really important, and give it to some you trust and know won’t be blackout drunk after 2 shots. The MC is also the glue of the party and will encourage people to sing and will also announce people and songs as they come up.

Prizes

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One last tip, as with anything, give out prizes, be it participation trophies or dinner to a restaurant, the choice is yours. You can have different categories for the winner, and you can have best costumes, best voice, worst singer, best duet. You can cast your vote on secret ballots, and the person with the most votes wins; this will spicy up the night and will make your guests give their best or worst while singing and to be completely honest, this is what makes karaoke fun.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us your go-to karaoke song.

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Throwing the perfect movie night

Throwing the perfect movie night can be tricky; of course, your best friend will be there, but what movie to watch when you all have different movie tastes and what to eat? These are the eternal questions we ask ourselves when we want to throw a movie night with our friends. Sometimes, we focus on the little things too much and forget that it’s not about the journey but the friends we make along the way.

No, but for real, something the movie itself doesn’t really have to matter because it is an excuse for you and your friends to meet up, spend time together ad get drunk. So buckle up, and let’s get into this blog on how to throw the perfect movie night.

Coziness is key

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Get those fuzzy blankets out because this is the time for them to shine; for me, a perfect the ideal movie night is a coziness night-in with my friends, gossiping and watching one of our go-to movies. Jeans aren’t made for movie night, so throw your denim away and slip into your favorite pair of sweat pants.

This isn’t meant to be a glamorous evening; it is a night to get drunk and spend time together with your friends under the guise of watching a movie. No, but seriously, no need to complicate things, dim the lights, light a candle or two and kick back and relax in the company of your chosen family! To quote Anne Taylor:

For my own family, I would always choose the makeshift, surrogate family formed by various characters unrelated by blood.”

So, just have a nice time with your chosen family, and no need to stress over the little things, because most of them are there for you and the movie is an ulterior motive to spend time with you. So, what you wear doesn’t really matter and this is why you should opt for your most comfortable clothes because you are most likely than not going to get drunk in them and fall asleep in the same pair of cloth. Consider it a win-win situation.

Choice of movie

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It is dealer’s choice when it comes to movie night for my friends and me, whoever is throwing the movie night has free reign on which movie we get to watch, and if you complain about it, you have to take a shot, this is how you make your average movie night fun, make a drinking game out of it.

But when in doubt, go for the classics: Pretty Woman, The notebook, Shelter, Silent of the Lamb will always do the trick. Personally, I like to put foreign movies that I’m currently obsessed with and force my friends to watch them with me; if you want a movie rec, then you ought to watch Your Name Engraved Herein, and my favorite quote from the movie is:

So you can like girls, but I can’t like boys?

Is your love bigger than the love I give?

Tell me. What’s the difference between your love and mine? Tell me the difference!”

Get the tissues ready because it will be a cry feast. Remember, make it fun, make a drinking game out of it, and a quiz afterward. This is what my friends and I do every Friday evening after a hard week at work, and it is our way to relax and forget about our hectic weeks.

Snacks make or break a movie night.

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Popcorn is a must, and if you disagree, you can get out of here because we stand popcorn in this house! Get creative with the popcorn flavoring; butter is great and all, but it gets boring; try adding some spices to it, add a bit of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chill flakes, and the everything bagel seasoning, and voila, you’ve elevated your popcorn game.

To go with the current trend, get a charcuterie board, you can be as basic with it with the typical cured meat and cheeses, or you can add your own spin to it and have an Indian sweets charcuterie board or even a dipping board, let you’ve creative juices run free with this part of the evening.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what your favorite movie is.