In recent years, silent discos have hit the main stage with their individualized music choices and customizable volume controls. They can be parties truly suited for everyone, and hosting your own silent disco can be much easier than you might think. Read on to discover how to host a silent disco all your friends will rave about for years to come.
What is a silent disco?
A silent disco is a party event, similar to a club or rave, where guests listen to music through wireless headphones instead of speakers. Upon arrival, each guest receives a pair of fully-charged party headphones for them to wear throughout the evening. You can also have your guests bring their own headphones instead.
Outside the headphones, a silent rave is silent, which gives the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing. Typically, these events last as long as the headphones do, which can be up to 10 hours with the right headphones.
One unique part of a silent disco party is that everyone can listen to their own music. Each silent disco headphone set can connect to each guest’s phone so they have full control of the music for their dancing.
How do you set up a silent disco at home?
Unlike raves and other concerts, you can host a silent disco right from the comfort of your own home. To transform your space into the best party scene, you’ll need dark curtains, ambient mood lights, and a good internet connection. Once you have that all set up, create your own party playlist and send it to everyone to save to their phones. Then, once they arrive, give them headphones – or, if they’ve brought their own, send them right to the dancefloor.
How to host the best silent disco party
One of the best parts of a silent rave is that you don’t need to book a DJ or go to a special venue. All you need is an open space, unique lighting, and some silent disco equipment. Follow the below tips on how to host a successful silent disco.
Choose the right venue
Choosing the right venue is important for hosting any party – the right room can set the right vibe. A silent disco party makes your venue choice easy since it can take place nearly anywhere – your home, a wedding venue, a local event space.
When choosing a venue, you should consider the number of guests you’re inviting to ensure you don’t rent a space that’s too big. For starters, you risk losing the party vibe if you have guests too spread out. You also don’t need to spend extra money on extra space – keep your silent disco budget-friendly. A packed dance floor will get the crowd pumping and create an immersive disco experience without breaking your bank.
Amp up the visuals with a light show
For the ultimate rave experience, you’ll need colorful lighting to get your guests throwing out their best dance moves. A great example of a light that can get everyone into a party mood is the BlissRadia. This ambient mood light diffuses rainbow lighting that seamlessly flows from one color into another. Through the BlissHome app, you can transition through hues and effects to see your party space in a whole new light. It’s the easiest way to transcend the dancefloor.
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Get your playlist ready
Not every dance party needs a DJ. Instead of hiring one for the weekend, you can create your own party playlist through a silent disco app or find one that already exists. Simply search for your disco theme on Spotify, Apple Music, or any other music streaming apps for the best dance songs.
If you create your own playlists, send your guests more than one so they can choose the type of music they want to hear. Your playlists should reflect multiple genres or themes. For example, one channel could be '80s themed, while another playlist could be '90s alternative or early-aughts bops. With three different playlists going, your guests might stay pumping their fists all night long.
Make sure you have a good internet connection
A silent rave is only as successful as the music playing and the lights radiating. Without them, you’ll have a dark, silent room, and that’s where a reliable internet connection comes in handy. The best silent disco sound and lighting come from smart devices, which require an internet connection to operate.
To ensure your silent disco is one for the ages, check your internet connection as you set up your event. Do a test run with the music playing through your headphones and the party lights on to verify you won’t run into any connection issues. This way, you can enjoy a stress-free evening full of dancing yourself into another dimension.
Provide the proper headphones
One of the most important aspects of a silent disco is providing the proper party headphones if you’re not asking guests to bring their own. To get the equipment you need to host a silent disco party, you may want to hire a silent disco rental company.
A basic rental will involve the company shipping you the headphones with step-by-step setup instructions. If you need a helping hand, choose a disco rental with hands-on delivery and setup. Either option can help you create the dance party of your dreams.
Keep plenty of refreshing drinks and snacks on hand
After dancing for a few hours, your guests might start to feel parched and run-down. To quench their thirst and boost their energy levels, you might want to set up a snacks and drinks table. Offer anything from water and sports beverages to an arrangement of chips, fruit, and unique desserts for energy boosts. This way, you can more easily keep everyone dancing all night long.
Add unique decorations
Especially if you host your silent disco in your home, you’ll want to transform your environment to match the party theme. Some popular decorations you can add to bring your disco theme home include bright balloons, streamers, and glowsticks. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a proper silent disco without a disco ball to transport you right to Studio 54.
Take your silent disco out of this world
With proper music and the right venue, you’re nearly all the way to a great party setup. However, to take your silent disco out of this world, you may want to use special lighting that’ll fully immerse you into the experience. The Sky Lite Evolve is the perfect option.
The Evolve is a sphere-shaped galaxy projector that can point anywhere and light up your entire venue. You’ll never need to worry about turning on any overhead lights – you’ll get an intergalactic light show and thorough visibility in one fell swoop.
The Evolve projects vivid red, blue, white, purple, pink, orange, and teal nebula clouds that seamlessly blend into one another for a show-stopping experience. Download the BlissHome app to change the Evolve’s colors, brightness, and rotation speed right from your phone screen or via voice control. Plus, the app lets you create scenes to simultaneously control the Evolve and BlissRadia at once. With just a tap on your phone screen, you can take your silent disco to infinity and beyond.
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