How to throw a dance party at home

8 Great Dance Party Ideas for Your Next Gathering

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Does the thought of even just 15 people in your home make you nervous and overwhelmed? When you’re limited on space, hosting a killer party or even a modest gathering of friends can seem impossible. But no matter where you live, you should always have a chance to celebrate and Peerspace makes parties a reality for everyone. It’s the Airbnb of event venues that can help hosts with budgets of every size find a stellar place to host a party. So even if you’re the proud owner of a studio apartment, dance party ideas are still in your cards.

There are spacious venues available for rent by the hour in towns and cities across the globe, with more being added all the time. Just search your location and use filters to narrow the results, like pools, fire pits, and rooftops, for example. Then, check each space’s listing to discover high-def photos, detailed descriptions by the local hosts, reviews from past renters, and upfront pricing. Ahead, we’ll include photos from real Peerspace venues that you can book today to match our dance party ideas. You know, just so you know what’s possible!

Once you’ve booked a place, just add music for an awesome dance party! And if your incredible venue choice just happens to lack for anything, contact the Concierge service. These events and logistics pros can source what you need, like catering, a DJ, bar staff, etc., and bring it to you at your venue. So what are you waiting for? Check out what type of dance party venues are near you on Peerspace and utilize these dance party ideas that will make your next gathering a blast.

1. Give your dance party a theme

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Choosing a theme for your dance party will make the rest of the planning a breeze because a theme will be your party template. Great dance party themes are a decades theme (the 1920s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s are all easy options), a tribute night where you play all the best hits from one prolific artist (Britney night, Beyonce night, etc. ) a regional music theme like Latin night, Broadway night, or even a classic dance movie theme (Step Up, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, and Saturday Night Fever).

Decorate your party space to match the theme, and curate a relevant playlist to go along with it. Learn a dance from a popular music video or movie for bonus host points and surprise your guests!

2. Light up the room

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Set the ambiance for your dance party with some dazzling light design. Disco balls, colored lights, and projections can turn any dark room into a fun nightclub. You can find affordable lights and projectors at a department or home improvement store, or you can rent some lighting from an event rental company.

Just be considerate and ask your guests if any of them are bothered by strobe lights or other effects before going too crazy with your lighting design. And when you book a Peerspace venue, ask the host about the lighting options ahead of time. There’s always the Concierge service to help you line up lighting and other gear. Though in all honesty, the Peerspace venue you choose place already be fully equipped with everything you need!

3. Hire a professional DJ

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It’s not a dance party without music, of course. But the source of the music makes all the difference. Give your dance party an upgrade! Instead of a simple Spotify playlist, consider hiring a DJ. Talent and event vendor directories like Gigsalad or The Bash can help you find a music master who can get everyone moving and grooving. Don’t have the time to browse a talent directory? This again is a place where the Concierge service can step in and do the heavy lifting for you! Ask your guests to come prepared with song requests in mind so that everyone can have a good time dancing to music they know.

4. Make a public playlist

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For a party with a smaller budget in a smaller space, your personal playlist of the best dance hits will do just fine in place of a professional DJ. Make it a collaborative event by asking everyone in the invites to contribute to a public playlist. That way, everyone will get a chance to hear their favorites. You can include the link in the Facebook event for the dance party or send the link in email invites.

5. Rent a place with a dance floor on Peerspace

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No room in your house for everyone to get down without knocking over a lamp? No worries! Peerspace can help you find the perfect venue for your dance party with plenty of open floor space, like ballrooms, mansions, warehouses, and even nightclubs and lounges. You can even rent actual dance studios on Peerspace for a super-official dance party. Some venues even come equipped with audio-visual equipment, photo-ready lighting, and pianos!

Simply head to Peerspace, enter your location, and start browsing. You’re sure to find tons of incredible spaces you want to book! Narrow down the search by browsing amenities, features, and photos.

6. Dress up in costumes

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Invite everyone to come to the party in themed costumes! Just remind your guests to make sure they can still move well in their attire of choice. Some great dance party ideas for costumes include superheroes, space, Star Wars, The Wiggles, or decades (see themes section of this list). Be sure to take loads of pictures of your costumed guests. And for an extra fun touch, host a costume contest at the party! Keep the prize within the theme, such as passes to Zumba gym classes, a record with some good dance music, or tickets to a couple’s dance class.

7. Host a dance marathon fundraiser

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Gather lots of friends, pick a worthy cause, and dance the night away to raise funds! Universities and schools across the nation host dance marathons for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. You can adapt that fundraising model for any cause. Learn more about the movement here.

This dance party idea requires a lot more planning in advance than the rest of the ideas, but when you put the time in, you can create a fun, meaningful event that truly makes an impact. At the actual event, make sure to supply plenty of drinks to keep everyone hydrated. Display information about the cause you are fundraising for, so dancers will know where their sponsors’ donations are going. Create a special hashtag for the event and take lots of photos to share on social media, and tag the nonprofit organization in them. A dance party with a purpose can help drum up more support and donations, after all!

8. Party with an open bar

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Everyone knows alcohol is the best dance fuel. So supply your dance party guests with unlimited drinks. As long as you hire a licensed bartender through Gigsalad or another event vendor booking site, most Peerspace venues will allow alcohol to be served on the premises. Some Peerspace party places may even offer their own drink services as an add-on option. If not, contact the Concierge service for assistance booking local vendors. Just make sure the party space is safe for those who may get a little tipsy.

Bonus idea: take it to the roof!

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Why not enjoy your dance party in the fresh air, under the stars? On Peerspace, you can find the perfect dance party venue that doubles as a rooftop venue. You can find locations with rooftop bars and DJ booths as well, so don’t worry about missing out on those dance party aspects. Many also include food and drink service and plenty of lounge seating. A rooftop dance party idea is a wonderful way to keep your guests safe while ensuring they still have a magical, moonlit time!

Dance party ideas come to life with Peerspace

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Take the dance party out of the nightclub and bring it to your next gathering. It’s easy to do when you have Peerspace by your side. Between the incredible venues you can book for as many hours as you like and the services of the Concierge, you can book the party of the century and barely lift a finger in the process. No matter what music you and your friends like to move to, you can create a rocking dance party where everyone will have a blast. These dance party ideas will give you all the inspiration you need to host the perfect shindig.

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How To Host Your Own Dance Party

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You dance in front of the mirror while you sing into the hairbrush. You try to mimic the latest dance craze moves on a YouTube video. Your friends probably do the same. Why should you all do this alone when you could do it together? Throw the party of all time by hosting your own dance party and invite everyone to show off their mad skills together. Here are some things to think about.

Decide what kind of dancing you want to do

Choosing a specific style of dance helps to plan the party. It gives you a theme and narrows the focus of the skills you’ll all practice and learn together. Some ideas for dance styles include:

  • Country line dancing
  • Swing dancing
  • Hip-hop
  • Salsa

Find a location with space to boogie

Maybe you have a basement, garage, or playroom big enough to transform into a dance hall. But if you don’t, you’ll want to find a space. As you’re looking, keep in mind the type of floor that works best for dancing. In some cases, the DJ you hire can connect you with a dance floor for almost any venue. Either way, you need to find a space with enough elbow room for folks to boogie without it becoming a full contact sport.

Hire a DJ who has song variety in your preferred genre

Because you don’t want to spend all your time pushing play and pause on a playlist, hire a DJ to handle the tunes for you. Chances are they’ll have more songs in your preferred genre anyway, and you can focus on learning the steps and interacting with your party guests.

Coordinate with a dance instructor

Let’s be honest. Just because your friend is a good dancer, it doesn’t mean they are a good dance instructor. For the best results at your dance party, hire a dance instructor to teach you and your guests the proper techniques (with the proper amount of patience). Cutting Edge Entertainment can provide your DJ and connect you with dance instructors in the San Antonio area. Since we can also hook you up with a dance floor (we work closely with some providers who do that), we’re your one-stop-shop for hosting the dance party of the ages.

Motivate your guests to participate

If you suspect that some of your friends will be hesitant to participate in your dance party, provide them with some preemptive motivation. Ask guests to dress to fit the theme:

  • Cowboy up for country line dancing
  • 20s flappers for swing dancing
  • 80s break-dancer for hip-hop
  • Latin for salsa dancing

Something about dressing the part makes people feel more inclined to participate.

It might also help to dim the lights on everyone except the instructor, at least in the beginning. Remind everybody that it’s not a competition and that you will all look a little bit silly together. It’s about making memories, getting some exercise, and learning new dance moves for your next visit to the club.

Ron has been the President & General Manager of Cutting Edge Entertainment since 1994. He also spent over 20 years on the air at radio stations and 12 years as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He loves RVing with his family, hiking and biking, and playing poker.

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This is my party: how to throw the perfect home party

You don't have to go to a bar or club to have the party of the year. A free house or apartment can turn into a recreation area, where there will be only your favorite cocktails, music and, of course, people. Hosting a home party for the first time? Read Saycheese's hacks

Beautiful, young, hot

Good music, delicious food, and top-notch alcohol don't always make for an amazing party. The main thing at the party is the people. Invite a couple of people who know how to create a fun and carefree atmosphere in any situation. If there are none among your friends, then do not hesitate to invite indirect acquaintances. New faces revitalize the company and generate interest. These people will be impromptu MCs for you. Don't take on all the worries - have as much fun as anyone else, because this is your party.

Do not invite people you know who have found out about the upcoming party just because it is now inconvenient for them to refuse. Forget pity invitations, too. Imagine that they all failed face control.


Optimally choose two or three types of alcohol. One is lighter, like wine, and one or two are stronger, like whiskey and tequila. He who drinks a little will stop at wine. The rest will be able to try many cocktails of different strengths or drink pure alcohol - who can do what. Make lots of ice, buy lime, mint, syrups and other cocktail ingredients - the more the better. Arrange in advance with a friend who knows how to handle a shaker - a bartender at a party is another irreplaceable person. And remember about non-drinkers: order them, for example, delicious homemade lemonade and freshly squeezed juice. Let them see that you have thought about them, and not just poured “cola” into glasses, which has not yet had time to dilute whiskey.

Not on an empty stomach

Don't spend a lot of time preparing meals. After all, this is not a dinner party, but a party. Make, for example, tartlets, cut cheese and fruit, buy snacks, and order the rest to take home: sushi, pizza or Wok boxes. Think of all your guests, maybe some of them are vegan. He will be pleased if you treat him to a soy delicacy. The main rules in planning a menu for a party and serving are a lot, tasty and small pieces.

Music and entertainment

Make a dance music playlist and break it down with a few lounge tracks. If you include at least one favorite song of your main guests, they will be very pleased. Take care of good sound. If necessary, borrow equipment from friends. Do you know a DJ? He should be first on the guest list! Do you want to entertain your guests with games? Choose light, funny and even silly ones. This is a good way to relax and warm up your friends before dancing. Play for a bet, make up the rules as you go, and make a video about it.

Two weeks before the party

When deciding on the date of the party, focus on your main guests - those without whom you cannot imagine your party. It is worth inviting to yourself somewhere in two weeks, so that a person does not have time to make plans for this weekend. As the date approaches, remind you that you are waiting for it.

If you really want to invite some person, but he is not in the mood to have fun - he fell into depression, suffers from allergies or sorts out relations with his ex, it is better not to pull him by the legs. Firstly, the guest will feel out of place, and secondly, it can ruin the mood of the rest and your party will fail.

The day before the party

Hide all the items that could break into pieces: your favorite vase, your childhood awards and equipment that you won't need at the party. Free up hangers for outerwear and shoes in the hallway (if you still make guests take off their shoes). Lock valuables - probably, this evening several unfamiliar people will come to you, it is better to play it safe. Stock up on napkins, paper towels, trash bags and disposable utensils: choose large paper or plastic cups that are only half full so guests are less likely to spill their drinks when they dance. Prepare a first aid kit. Perhaps someone will need activated charcoal, panthenol or ammonia.

Create a relaxing atmosphere, for example, add lights - LED strings or neon elements. Perhaps you have long wanted to purchase a smart lamp with color and brightness adjustment. Buy sparklers or firecrackers with metafan - you get cool photos.



Don't take me away from the party

If one of your friends has gone too far, call a taxi. He will resist, but the next morning, most likely, we will be grateful to you. Try to ensure that there are no conflicts at the party. Unless, of course, you think that a party without a fight is not a party.

If you feel that the party is coming to its logical conclusion, and the guests are in no hurry to leave, you can give them a hint - start cleaning, or even better, ask one of your friends to help you. The rest will disappear instantly.

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How to throw a youth party at home

Want to have a fun and unique youth party at home? Yes, there is nothing easier. You just need to learn some rules that will help you have fun and avoid any trouble. First of all, agree with parents (and parents with children) that all the consequences of the party will be removed in a timely manner. Punishment for non-fulfillment of the contract is a complete ban on holding such events. It would also be nice to warn the neighbors about the upcoming party, I think they will melt from such politeness and will not come to express their displeasure at night in pajamas.

If parties take place spontaneously and end in drunken showdowns, this can affect the reputation of the host of the party in the most negative way and will cause negative emotions among relatives and neighbors.

After an agreement is reached, we make a list of invitees, which should include friends with common interests, with whom it will be pleasant and easy to communicate with everyone without exception. The number of guests, of course, should be proportional to the area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe room in which the meeting with friends is to be. You should not include in the list of invitees those who cause antipathy among any of the guests. Otherwise, the planned fun will be irreparably damaged due to tense relations between one of the guests, and it will be very difficult to cheer up the rest of the guests.

Now it's time to gather the closest and most active friends and draw up an extended plan of the event. Before the upcoming holiday, it is necessary to think over, discuss and write down the answers to some questions point by point:

  • What theme will the party have?
  • Will suits be needed?
  • What entertainment will be at the party?
  • What is the best music for the theme of the party, do you need a DJ?
  • What is the best way to decorate a room?
  • What kind of snacks and drinks to prepare or order? If there is an agreement that snacks and drinks will be "pooled", then it is necessary to describe: who will bring what, so as not to choke on the party with sandwiches with sausage or tomatoes alone.
  • What activities will guests enjoy?

Do not take all these issues on your shoulders, firstly, because one head is good, but two or more is better, and secondly, the more people who take part in preparing the party, the more fun it will be. All participants in the preparation of the event will become a generator of ideas and everyone will be infected with the anticipation of the holiday, and will not be an outside observer who will come to the holiday in the expectation that someone is obliged to entertain him.

What is the theme of the party?

Now it is becoming very fashionable to hold not just gatherings with beer, but theme parties. It can be very difficult to decide on this issue because of the variety of all possible options: a dance party (retro, Latin, ballroom dancing), an oriental style party (Japanese-Chinese, Arabic motifs), a pajama party, a beach party, a pirate party, etc. . etc. The choice of theme depends on the preferences of the company, on the desire (or not) to prepare complex costumes, on the imagination of the pre-holiday asset, and, of course, on the amount of money available.

Will suits be required?

The answer to this question depends on what theme is chosen for the party. Even if the theme involves a minimal transformation of the guests, it is still desirable that the guests definitely think over their image. A lot of people have a negative attitude towards dressing up, considering it child's play. But without costumes, the party will not be the same, and the host must make every effort to convince the guests of the need for at least a minimal transformation (up to a comic threat that without a costume there will be no access to fun). It is necessary to warn the guests long before the start of the party, especially if the theme “All to the ball” is chosen.

Musical accompaniment

The choice of music should also match the theme of the party. All selected melodies should be collected in one folder or recorded on a separate disk so that during the holiday you do not test the patience of the guests. Music should sound at the party continuously: at the beginning of the evening, during pauses and during games and competitions, it sounds quietly, and only when the dancing begins - to the fullest. Suitable compositions can be bought or found on the Internet, from friends.

Preparing the premises

After all the main organizational issues are resolved, we inspect our home and do our best to receive a large number of people: shoes;

  • We find, if possible, a large number of home shoes;
  • We make the bathroom and toilet squeaky clean, hang a lot of towels and put enough soap;
  • In the kitchen we make room for dirty dishes, garbage bags and dirty disposable tableware;
  • In the room we remove everything that can break, break, so that later the parents would not be shocked by what they saw;
  • If the computer will not be used as a music center, it is better to turn it off and somehow disguise it so that guests do not get lost in social networks. And if it is to be used during a party, every effort must be made to prevent guests from discovering in it what they do not need to know;
  • If necessary, decorate the room according to the theme of the upcoming event;
  • Determine a place for dancing and entertainment, where there will be tables with refreshments. If necessary, then move or take out some furniture so that guests do not feel like herrings in a barrel.
  • Treats

    In our crazy time, there is absolutely no time to prepare all kinds of delicacies, so very often the so-called “buffet” is arranged at parties, when snacks are on a separate table and the guest himself chooses what he likes. And since we have a youth party and it is very inconvenient to strain your parents, you can buy ready-made salads, snacks, and make unusual sandwiches. Of course, we should not forget about the chosen theme: at an oriental party we treat guests with sushi and sake, at a pirate party - with pieces of fried meat that you have to eat with your hands, at a beach party - with light sandwiches.

    And finally, a few rules of etiquette that everyone should follow:

    • Parents must decide for themselves: whether to stay in the apartment, meet the guests, and later go to another room, stay at home and not show up at all, or go somewhere. But neither son nor daughter should place any conditions on their parents. And if one of the parents enters the room where the evening is taking place, the owner or hostess interrupts the conversation, the dance and invites the guests to introduce themselves or introduce their guests themselves if they are not familiar.
    • An invitation to dance and an apology in case of refusal should be a mandatory rule for every man, and during the dance you should not press your partner too close to yourself, the distance between you should correspond to the requirements of a particular dance, and at the end of the dance, be sure to thank your partner. Before the upcoming dances, of course, it is necessary to pay special attention to personal hygiene.
    • At any party, including a dance party, you need to be able to maintain an easy and relaxed conversation.
    • Every young person should invite the hostess of the party to dance at least once a night
    • The hostess of the party should not focus on small disasters, like accidentally spilled wine, she can sprinkle salt on the tablecloth with a smile and turn the conversation in another direction, otherwise everything guests will feel embarrassed
    • The owner of the house is obliged to make sure that each girl has an escort, or to take the girl home himself if there are no “guardians”


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