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.



What’s different about us? We listen.

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!

Why hire a professional wedding band… and not your mate’s band!

Everyone has a mate who’s a musician. But even if they’re insanely good, here’s why you should book a professional wedding band instead.

You and your partner love live music and you know that you’d love it to be a part of your big day. Now comes the hard part of deciding on a band. You’re thinking you could cut down on time, money and hassle if you asked your musician pal. In our humble opinion, it’s always going to be better if you book a professional wedding band instead.

I know I know! I’m biased! I’m part of a professional wedding band, of course I’m going to recommend them! But it’s more than that.

What you want, how you want it

By booking a professional wedding band, you can ask for exactly what you want, and that’s what you’ll get because you’re paying for it! There’s no awkward conversations about your song choices or disagreements over what kind of style you think would be best. You can pick what you want to hear, and how you want to hear it, without feeling like you’re taking advantage of a friend.


No nerves. No last minute pull outs. With a professional wedding band, you know they’re going to be there and they’re going to be great! After all, this is what they do.

Your wedding is about you…

No one wants to a be a Bridezilla (or a Groom Kong?!) But your wedding is for you to celebrate each other, it’s not about a gig for your mate. Wedding music should celebrate you and your partner’s tastes and be what you want to hear, not what your mate enjoys playing.

…but it’s also for your loved ones!

I can say this from personal experience… It is SO NICE to be at a loved one’s wedding where you aren’t working!

From a purely practical point, it means you don’t miss anything because you’re not setting up equipment or sound checking. But also, playing wedding music is a big deal! The job comes with a lot of responsibility! Although your friend will be honoured you asked them to be such an important part of your day, they may feel under pressure to say yes, even though they’d prefer not to.

Value for money

Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a professional musician as a friend? You love their band and see the discounted fees as massive bonus… But if they’re doing you a favour, even with the best of intentions, they might not bring their A-game. In other words, a professional wedding band won’t get drunk during the wedding breakfast and forget they’re meant to be playing…

Talent and experience

Yes I’m biased toward professional wedding bands, but that’s because they’re so great! These are people who have chosen to dedicate their working lives to playing music. They will create the perfect relaxed atmosphere for sipping Pimms and chatting, or make dancing the night away impossible to resist. Check out our videos to see how we do this!

And if you want the best? Book an industry expert!

The Decatur Street Trio are chuffed to say that we are now a recognised industry expert with! Booking us means you get our knowledge and experience (as well as our incredible talent!) and ensure you get the very best wedding music for your big day.

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Watch our videos!

We’re delighted to present our most recent promotional videos, filmed and recorded by the wonderful Studio 53! Dave and Tom have done a fantastic job, we’re so happy with them – thank you guys!

A big thank you to The Squeeze Cafe, Leigh-on-Sea for hosting us too! You were all so lovely, we felt very well looked after!

Let us know what you think by commenting below and if you’d like to chat about hiring us for your event, you can contact us by clicking here!