PARTY TIME! HOW TO THROW A FAB SUMMER PARTY IN GENEVA
Leventa Design – party planning and party supplies Geneva
by Chené Koscielny
After months of lockdown and isolation, we finally have reason to celebrate again!
If, like us, you’re staying in Geneva this summer, a party is a great way to enjoy and celebrate our newfound freedom! But hosting a fabulous and memorable party in Geneva – whether for a small or bigger group – can make a big dent in your finances.
We ask Aleksandra and Aysan, expats and owners of Geneva-based party planning and party supplies platform, Levanta Design, how to get the wow factor for your summer party on a modest budget.
COOL SUMMER PARTY TIPS
1. HUMOUR ME
A great way to get guests to interact and create a buzz is to have a really good entertainer. Aysan recommends a good caricaturist, who sketches guests – which will get them talking and the drawings can be taken home as party souvenirs. A really good illusionist also works – particularly for corporate dos, she says. Introducing dancers is another way of turning up the heat – maybe not the office party, though.
2. THE ULTIMATE PHOTO BOOTH
MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO’S THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL?
This photo booth is believed to be the only one of its kind in Geneva, it is an interactive mirror that will reply to you with voice guidance and lead you to discover a whole new level of fun photo-taking. Approach it, take your photos, sign or design them to your taste, finally, choose between printing or emailing your photos.
TIP: Personalise the layout and frames to match your event theme or occasion, add dates/names/logos or # to every photo.
You can hire this photo booth, fetch it and set up yourself (to keep costs down) or Leventa Design will deliver and set it up.
You can also add printing facilities.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE MIRROR PHOTO BOOTH HERE – HERE
3. FUN AND GAME (not just for kids)
You need to break the ice and encourage guests to interact and have fun, says Aysan. Examples include having a beer pong table, dart board or baby foot table. Giant chess anyone?
And if there are children at the party, add a bouncy castle or children’s games and entertainers to keep little guests happy.
4. A CHAMPAGNE WALL ANYONE? – yes please!
This one is new to us – and we LOVE this idea.
You don’t need to fork out for waiters to serve drinks if you have one of these – a wall with champagne glasses that you keep filling and from where guests simply help themselves – how cool is that?
We’re thinking of installing one in our lounge permanently.
5. A DONUT WALL – the perfect dose of SUGAR
Similar to champagne wall this stand hold colourful donuts matching your decoration that can be picked off the wall.
6. GREAT VIBES
We’ve all been to parties where the music was too lame to get anyone moving. With the right band (even just one great singer or musician) you can really lift your party from ordinary to extraordinary. Leventa Design has connections in the local music scene for every type of party.
7. POSH NOSH
A handful of posh snacks will leave everyone starving or going elsewhere for food. Aleksandra recommends a sushi chef who prepares sushi in front of the guests or a food truck. They work with different caterers and can suggest different cuisines to match your event for different budgets.
8. A SLICE OF HEAVEN
Avoid a cringe-worthy supermarket cake that tastes like cardboard. Leventa Design recommends alternative bakeries and individuals for your party cakes!
They can either handle the whole process from matching the cake to your theme to ordering and delivering it – or they can simply pass on their contact. You decide.
9. A NEW THEME
Choosing a theme is an easy way to get people in the mood and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune – says Aysan.
They can help you choose a theme and personalized decorations to match the theme with custom designed items such as balloons, welcome boards etc.
10. CREATING MEMORIES
If you’re hosting an office party, graduation, wedding or engagement party, it’s a great idea to hire a decent photographer or videographer who will go beyond selfies to capture your special moments to treasure forever. Leventa Design works with a number of great and very reasonable photographers and videographers.
RENTALS AND SHOP
Since the creation of the Leventa Design, Aysan and Aleksandra have been collecting and adding products to their inventory. Their products vary from common party supplies and gift boxes to unique pieces imported or built by them, Their online catalogue is growing fast and they cater for adult and children’s parties.
If you don’t need a party planner, simply order your own party supplies online and your order will be delivered in no time.
Struggling with invitations and RSVP lists, looking for a venue, keen on fabulous entertainment or confused about food options?
Aysan and Aleksandra will provide you with a checklist and you can choose the services you need.
A GREAT PARTY VENUE AND STAFF
They also offer venue recommendations – matched to your event and budget, for example spa days, wine tasting etc.
If you need staff – they’ll recommend waiters, cleaning staff, cooks or babysitters to ensure your event runs smoothly.
A PRIVATE PARTY PLANNER?
If you haven’t got the time or knowhow to organise a great party, Leventa Design can do everything from theme creation and event design to food and drink organisation, invitations, table and space setting, party favour selections and more…
You choose how much you’d like them to do and how much you’d like to do yourself.