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6 hacks to throwing an unforgettable party

The holiday season is finally here, which only means one thing – it's time to party! We show you how to throw a bash your friends and family will remember

Chips and dip just won’t cut it these days – if you want to impress your guests, you need to bring out the big guns. Here’s how you can throw an unforgettable party.

The location
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The location

Let’s face it: living in an apartment that can accommodate a party beyond the size of 20 is a luxury few of us can afford. But if you’re a Singapore Armed Forces regular (or are friends with one), you’re in luck! You can create a new home for the big night by booking a stay at the exclusive Treehouse Villas at Changi, which only SAF members can reserve. The hassle is worth it as it has plenty of room so you and your guests can groove and move with ease. The Bali-inspired vacation home (from $120 a night) comes fully equipped with teak furniture and a private outdoor bath if you feel like taking a little soak with friends.

326 Sealand Rd, Changi

The look
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The look

Set the tone for your party by perfecting the look of your dinner table. Ditch the white table cloth and napkins – we’re not in a fancy Michelin-starred restaurant – and pick up some vibrant napery from Linen House. The one-stop online shop has tablecloths, table runners, placemats and napkin sets in various colours and materials to suit your party theme. Don’t forget to include a cool centrepiece that’ll act as a conversation starter. It could be anything like a do-it-yourself flower arrangement or a lava lamp.

linenhouse.sg

The food
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The food

Sausage rolls? Cheese on a toothpick? As tempting as it might be to fall back on those staples, there are more inventive ways to make your party food pop. Hire a private chef from Personal Chef Singapore. This service has a plethora of pre-set menus to choose from including a locally inspired menu ($125 a person) featuring dishes like bak kut teh and grilled lobster with laksa sauce. But that’s not all: you can also count on the chefs for buffet spreads, premium barbecues and selections of canapés and cocktails.

personalchefsingapore.com

The entertainment
Photo: Bernard Sim
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The entertainment

If you don’t want your guests to disappear before your eyes, keep them entertained with live performances from Artful Deceptions. Its team of magicians will razzle dazzle both the young and young at heart with card tricks and other illusions. Performers include illusionist Adeline Ng, one of the few female magicians in the industry who uses elements like LED lights in her act, and Shawn Chua, who’s done magic for over 15 years.

artfuldeceptions.com

The music
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The music

We know you think that Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are airtight party fodder, but how ‘bout ditching Spotify and hiring your own personal DJ instead? The Shake Affinity lets you select your preferred genre so you can go for tunes everyone knows or a full-blown rave. If the thought of a DJ in your home makes you nervous and you want a more reserved, classy affair then shell out for a live band. Live Band Singapore can hook you up with a smooth jazz or classical outfit.

theshakeaffinity.com; livebandsingapore.com

The drink
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The drink

Sure, you can stock the fridge with beer. That’s great – boring, but great. Kick things up a notch (and stray into full-blown show-off territory) by getting the guys from Sommelier Company to host your shindig. The service brings in wines to pair with your dinner menu. And despite its name, it also conducts whisky, tequila, cigar, cheese and chocolate tastings so all you have to do is select your particular poison for the night.

sommeliercompany.com

But if that all sounds a bit posh, then...

Make your own punch

Make your own punch

Always a winner. And it's cheap(er). Mix and serve in a jug.

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