A freelance writer living in Perth, WA. Not the droid you're looking for.
Published July 19th 2011
The word Karaoke is Japanese for 'Empty Orchestra'. A beautiful phrase for an embarrassing activity. However, there is no better way to embarrass yourself, than to perform your favourite song in front of your friends and families. It doesn't matter if you can't really sing, no-one will mind as long as you get into it and enjoy yourself. And after the first song or two, everyone will be enjoying themselves. If this sounds like fun to you, then you should definitely think about hosting your own karaoke party.
Karaoke parties are a sure-fire hit. A fun, interesting, exciting, easy party idea that is quick to set up, and so much fun. Once someone has broken the ice, then it won't be long until all of your guests are up there singing 'We are the champions,' 'I Will Survive' or all the girls singing a classic ABBA song. Karaoke parties are so much fun and they are memorable nights.
There are many ways to do this. One of the best ways is to hire a karaoke machine. They aren't too much to hire for a night or two, and they come pre-loaded with all of the most popular songs. Most of them also come equipped with at least two microphones.
If this is too expensive and you happen to own a Playstation 2 and the game SingStar (or a similar game) then you don't need to borrow a karaoke machine. Most consoles have at least one karaoke game available; from SingStar, to Glee Karaoke on Wii. All of these games are a heap of fun, there are loads of songs available and of course, the lyrics appear on the screen of your TV.
Make sure you have a lot of songs and a wide selection available. Be sure to include some eighties songs, as some of the best karaoke songs are from the eighties. The best sort of songs for karaoke are definitely pop songs. Stay away from the heavy metal songs and unless you want the night to be a maudlin depressing night, then limit the amount of slow, sad song options available.
So, now you have your music ready, then all you need now are snacks and drinks. Make sure you have plenty of water and soft drinks on hand. If you're over eighteen, then think seriously about stocking up on alcohol. While we all know that you don't need to drink to have fun, some people may find it easier to perform after a drink or two. Remember to drink responsibly and don't drink and drive.
If you don't want to host the party at your house, then check around- many bars and clubs near you may host karaoke nights. Or you could go to a karaoke bar- both are rather cheap alternatives and are just as much fun as hosting your own karaoke night.
This is all you really need for a karaoke party (except for the guests). So sit back, prepare yourself for a laugh or two. Be ready to make a fool of yourself. But most of all, be ready to have fun.