Celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion while you travel can be a highlight of your trip. Coming up with your game plan for the evening – not so fun. The key to a great event comes down to two things: make the guest(s) of honor feel special, and showcase the uniqueness of your new city.
We’ve compiled the top 5 tips for making the most of your celebrations. By the end of this list, you’ll feel like such an event planning pro you may have to invent a reason to celebrate.
1. Good things come in small packages
Lugging around a huge gift for the guest of honor just isn’t practical when you’re exploring a new city and living out of a suitcase. But that’s not an excuse to skimp on the gift giving – just think small. Especially for a birthday or an anniversary, try to find your lady or gent a gift that can fit in his or her pocket.
Bonus tip: Pick up a piece of jewelry or wallet from a local shop to take home a piece of the city. You’ll get brownie points for thoughtfulness.
2. Find yourself a view
Find a venue with a great view for an atmosphere that’s intimate but still unique to the city. I’m sure you’ll try many great restaurants while you travel, so a great view is a way to make your special occasion stand out. Look for a restaurant on a high floor, or to take in the city’s whole skyline, consider heading to the water for a cruise. Entertainment Cruises offers great cruises at several different price points in multiple US cities.
3. Make the memory last
It is easy to get caught up in the evening, but don’t forget to pause and have someone take your photo. And after you’re done cheesing, snap some actions shots when people aren’t posing. When you’re stuck back at your desk post-travels, you’ll be happy to have a picture from the night to reminisce.
4. Think of the three Ds
Ralph Lauren hosted a Fall 13 Collection show and private dinner in celebration of restoration project and patron sponsorship of L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris
There are three things that almost always make celebrations better (no matter where you are in the world.) Repeat after me: Drinks, dessert and dancing. When you’re thinking about a venue, pick one that has all three.
Not a big dancer? No matter. A venue with live entertainment at your venue gives the whole evening an energy boost.
5. Toast like the locals
Whether it’s wine with locally harvested grapes, or a craft beer from a nearby brewery, toast your guest of honor with a local specialty. Every time you come across that drink in the future, it will trigger memories of your night.
With just a little bit of preplanning, you can create a celebration that’s both unique to you and the city you’re visiting. Happy celebrating!