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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.