Holiday Party Music — How to Select Songs for your Playlist

by Robbie Schlosser

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How do you select holiday party music?

Magnolia Jazz Band in San Jose holiday party, 2008For EVERY holiday — Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and all the rest.

Selecting any party music is really easy!   Whether you’re selecting holiday party music, a wedding reception playlist, or company banquet highlights.

For example, here we are at a recent holiday party.  And maybe yours later this year.

How would you decide what songs we should play here?

Too many people go about this any number of wrong ways.  They’re inefficient and create unnecessary revisions.  Instead, do it right the first time.

Here’s what you need to do:  First, imagine the perfect festive atmosphere for your party.  Whenever you’re planning any celebration, you’ll want to make your party sounds right for your guests.

Then, once you decide your goal, keep in mind that you’re using music to “make it happen”.

In other words, get everyone “in the mood”.  Make everyone glad to be there, and your holiday party music is bound to make the party a huge success.

It’s so simple.  Every job done well begins with preparation.  A good carpenter measures twice and cuts once.

Similarly, you redecorate a room by FIRST deciding how you want it to look, and THEN moving the furniture.

I often write about planning party music — for a cocktail party, a business function, a Great Gatsby party.  Even for a wedding reception.

It’s a frequent blog topic on all the most popular wedding websites.  Even NPR writes about selecting party music.

Bottom line:  there is no one ideal solution.  No universal perfect song for every occasion.  No single best choices for elegant wedding reception songs, casual cocktail party music, or high-energy dance party playlists.

Obviously.  Too many different moods.  Too many options.

For example:  Want dancing?  Make the music danceable.  Want serious business conversations?  Don’t make the music danceable.

Every event you plan has it’s own reason.  Maybe to celebrate a special milestone.  Maybe just to gather friends together.  Maybe you’ll want to include a theme, too.

Let all of THAT inspire the mood you’ll create for your guests.

Couldn’t be simpler, right?  What do you think?  Tell me how YOU like to select party music.

Want a tip?  First, understand the mood you want to create for your party.  Only then, explore for the most suitable songs.  That’s how to select your perfect holiday party music.

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