Are you having a Bon Voyage party for friends or family members who are going somewhere exciting — maybe Europe or Hawaii? Perhaps you are hosting a going away party for your child who is going away to college. Whatever the circumstances, from arranging for a party band to inviting dance instructors to your event, here are some ideas that might help you to plan a fun event that the honored guest and your friends will remember for a very long time.
A Party Band - Of course, hiring a DJ would be a great way to incorporate music and dancing into your going away party. However, have you considered actually hiring a party band, instead? Doing so is more than likely a lot more affordable than you might think it is. The great thing about hiring a party band is that you'll have live music, just like in the days of Glen Miller and Guy Lombardo, when live music was the norm for fancy events. If you do hire a band, consider asking the spokesperson for the band to make a big deal about the person, or people, who are being honored. For example, if your event is dedicated to a couple going to Hawaii, ask the band to play some Hawaiian hits, songs like Blue Hawaii and I'll Remember You. In addition, if there will be people of all ages at your going away event, ask the party band to play music from the different decades that are represented at the event. More than likely, the party band will be prepared to play songs from Cole Porter music to today's hits. Speak to a company like Band X Live to learn more.
Extra Music Fun - Besides having a party band at the going away party, consider asking somebody, maybe a guest, or even a professional, to give some fun dance instruction. For example, if you are saying farewell temporarily to a couple who is traveling to Spain, it might be enjoyable to have somebody teach the basic tango steps, maybe following the instruction with an actual demonstration of that dramatic dance. The party band itself might encourage dancing to music of a different era, maybe rock 'n roll dancing from the 1950s. Another idea is to have somebody instruct the group how to line dance to great modern country music. If you want to go back in time to a different kind of country dancing, consider having somebody teach the group how to square dance.