No party keeps guests more entertained and engaged than a karaoke party. No matter your singing ability, belting out a beloved song in front of friends is a great way to make lifelong memories and discover hidden talents among the most important people in your life.
During spring and summer, why not move the musical festivities to your yard? These tips will make you the ultimate outdoor karaoke party host who brings the house down from the outside!
You want to have a great time singing songs with friends and family, but how much more enjoyment would you all have at a themed karaoke party? Maybe you want to sing popular R&B songs from the 80s, or perhaps everyone you want to invite loves show tunes. Choose a theme to add another layer of fun to your party and get guests thinking about the perfect themed outfit to wear and songs to sing.
Once you have a theme, look for opportunities to implement it with your party decor. For instance, landscape lighting can gild your home in yellow hues for a solid gold music hits-themed karaoke party. Rely on a landscape lighting transformer to shift your lights throughout the evening to keep guests entertained.
Aside from bringing more fun to the party, another reason to choose a theme is to make party planning easier. Once you have your “party focus,” you know what food and drinks to serve, decorations to buy, and extra equipment to obtain.
While previous generations relied on heavy karaoke machines, you have the luxury of turning laptops and tablets into karaoke machines. With a good sound system, these devices can lend your party a professional sound…even if your guests don’t sing like professionals!
As you explore different karaoke programs, note their features and how they help elevate your gathering to a higher octave. For example, pop-out players and song queues make it easy for guests to browse the song catalog and add selections without stopping the fun. Ensure the software’s compatible with your TV or projector, in case you want to share song lyrics and backgrounds on a larger screen.
While your guests compile a playlist on your laptop, add special group songs to the queue. Maybe every fifth song, you play a number everyone knows and sings along with, passing the microphone down the line with each verse. This is a great way to shake things up and keep your guests engaged.
Every party needs a great DJ, and that’s definitely true for karaoke parties. Rather than a DJ, you’ll rely on an MC, or master of ceremonies, to encourage guests to be singers rather than spectators. Do you plan on having a “sold-out show” with a large group in your yard? You and your MC can work together to print song selection sheets for guests to keep things organized and moving steadily.
Karaoke MCs also add selections to the queue and announce singers and songs. While you take care of hosting duties, you’ll have someone to help carry the load. The interactions between you and the MC may also turn out to be a fun way to keep your guests entertained.
You’ve likely attended karaoke parties where only the crickets sing. To keep the music from dying at your outdoor fête, you may need to turn on the tap and be the first person to sing. If you’ve got a great voice, go easy on your audience. By singing the first song yourself, you create a relaxed environment where everyone feels at ease and unafraid to sing their hearts out.
Once you kick things off, you may need to keep priming the pump to sustain the flow. Creating an early party song queue removes a lot of the work involved with choosing the perfect song and helps inspire your guests. Everyone’s still free to add and sing their own selections when they please, and you don’t have to worry as much about hosting a silent karaoke party.
Turn your backyard into a musical venue by hosting a stellar outdoor karaoke party. Don’t be surprised if using these tips makes your neighbors want to join in on the phone as backup singers.