Easy Party Planning: “J” is for Jukebox

by Melissa

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Don’t forget about these other party elements in our A to Z Series: Ambiance | Beverages | Clean-up | Decorations | Entertainment | Favors | Guests | Hosting Tips | Invitations | Jukebox | Kids |


Wouldn’t it be cool to have a real jukebox at your party? We only wish. If renting a jukebox isn’t in the budget, don’t worry, we’ve got a few ways to spice up your party with music.

2 Free Music Options

You probably don’t want to have to buy lots of music for your party, but don’t worry, there are a few FREE alternatives out there if you don’t have a giant collection up your sleeve.

If you want a simple approach to music at your party, flip on Pandora and choose a genre of music. For example, if you are having a Hawaiian luau, turn on a Hawaiian station and let Pandora be your DJ. The downside of this option is that you can’t choose specific songs and the order of them.


A much better option in our opinion is Grooveshark. Have you heard of it? It is kind of like Pandora, but 100 times better. You can play songs of your choice on demand, create playlists, and play them in any order you want. Before your party, you can go on and create a playlist with the songs and artists you want. Then when it’s time for your party, you can turn on your playlist and you’ll know exactly what will play and when. It’s a little more work beforehand, but gives you more control over what you are listening to.

Should You Always Have Music At Your Party?

We say YES. Having some background music will prevent awkward silences, set the tone for the party, and really add some pizazz to your event. With that said, make sure you keep your music at an appropriate volume. For example, if you are having a formal dinner, you’ll want soft, quieter music so that it doesn’t interfere with conversation.


What is your favorite party music? Do tell. Leave us a comment so we can add your favorites to our playlist. 

Photos by Marcelle Calder Photography


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