House Party Ideas For Discerning Adults

Who doesn’t love a house party?!

I don’t mean the kind of frat party that you see in those American teenager coming of age films; red cups and beer kegs and music that you can’t talk over. I’m talking about you and your friends celebrating in style in the comfort of your own living room. Because if you’re struggling to find a venue where you can eat the food you like, listen to the music you love and not have to queue for the loo, there really is no place like home (slippers, ruby or otherwise, optional).

When it comes to house party ideas, the sky really is the limit. But whether you decide to opt for fancy dress, hire waiters to serve you and your guests Champagne or go for a sit down banquet cooked by top chefs, you’re going to want to make sure you have the perfect atmosphere that sets this celebration apart from your average dinner party.

Not a red cup in sight…

First things first. Volume.

The last thing you want while celebrating is a knock from the neighbours asking you to keep it down… Your music, whatever you decide to go for, should be at a reasonable volume to enhance the atmosphere and allow you and your nearest and dearest to chat! No one wants to be shouting into their mate’s ear, especially if they’re juggling several mini Beef Wellingtons (from Waitrose darling) and a glass of fizz. The Decatur Street Trio has PA sizes for all audiences (from 10 to 300!) so the only thing that will blow you away is the talent, not the volume.

The vibe.

If you’re choosing a house party instead of a jumping, thumping outing to a pub, club or restaurant, we’re guessing you’re looking for a more relaxed, classy kind of vibe. You could even set a ‘strictly informal’ dress code or go the other way and insist everyone wears their finest. Whatever you go for, we all know that if the vibe is relaxed, everyone will have much more fun. Have a look at our ‘Songs We Play’ page to get a feel for the vibe we’d create for you.


Banquet or buffet?

The Food.

In-your-house catering is awesome. You pick what you’d like to eat, somebody else cooks it for you (bliss!) and some companies will even wash up afterwards… What’s not to like?! If you’re more into canapés than coq au vin, most catering companies will provide waiting staff who will make sure your guests are looked after so you can enjoy the party too. All the perks of hosting, with none of the pressure. Did I mention there’s no washing up?

The Music

When it comes to house party music, The Decatur Street Trio can provide the perfect soundtrack to your evening. We’ll play chilled out easy listening jazz to accompany your conversation, and mix it up with up tempo swing numbers if you fancy dancing. This London jazz band will give your party that certain something different that will make it a celebration you (and your guests) remember for years. Yes we’re biased and think you should choose us. But that’s because although we can rock a formal corporate do, we not-so-secretly love playing music in our socks to people in their living rooms. Can you blame us?

Found out more about our party music performance options on our ‘Party Music’ page.



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We like to get to know our clients a little better before we play for them. Get in touch to book a consultation with Rosie and discuss your house party ideas!