87 Ways to Throw a Killer Party

Title: 87 Ways to Throw A Killer Party
Author: Melissa Daly
Publisher: Zest Books
Release Date: July 27, 2011

I have this online friend that I’ve interacted with for close to a decade now that always throws the most amazing parties. I know, because she tells us all about them. I anxiously await the details, both the preparation and the payoff, every time I know she’s getting ready to throw them. She is one of those truly unique people who has an amazing imagination and ability to pull off the strangest themes. I will never be as awesome as her. I’m a creative person, sure, but when it comes to party planning, I end up sticking with the tried and true. Basically, the boring. For those of you who, like my friend, can throw a killer party with very little effort, well, you don’t need to read any further. For those of you like me, there’s new book coming out on July 27th (my birthday!) called 87 Ways to Throw A Killer Party, by Melissa Daly.

Don’t let the name fool you, although the book does list precisely 87 different party ideas, there are actually more tips within each theme. Some of them are very short and straight-forward, such as throwing a birthday party revolving around the honored guest’s astrological sign. But then the slumber party is broken down into several additional theme ideas. The Halloween section gives some appropriately creepy suggestions, such as the Haunted Hotel Party with tips on how to turn your house into the hotel from Shining or the eerie motel from Psycho. “Winter Break” parties cover everything from Christmas to Winter Solstice to a completely non-holiday based Winter Wonderland party. There’s even a Global Warming Party, which can be used to raise awareness and funds for environmental causes. With themed parties for Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, Graduation, and everything in between, you are pretty much guaranteed to find at least one theme per holiday that you’ll love.

Each of the themes only take up about two pages, so you wont be stuck reading lengthy explanations about how to plan down to the last detail. The book gives you the ideas, the basics, and a few extra little suggestions, but leaves enough room for you to customize your party to your liking. 87 Ways to Throw A Killer Party is geared towards teenagers in high school, but all the parties are easily adapted to a more mature crowd. Definitely worth reading and keeping on hand if you are party-throwing challenged like me!