Whether you're hosting a birthday bash, a wedding or an office party, the main goal as host is to get guests on the dance floor. There's nothing worse than an atmosphere akin to tumbleweed rolling across the floor when you've promised friends and family a good time.  

Your dance floor is very much your party centerpiece so it's important to make the most of it if you want to see it filled. Get creative and floor your guests (sorry) with these top ideas for a dancing space!

Match your theme

Fancy dress parties and weddings especially will opt for a specific theme such as a beach theme, rustic style or a winter wonderland. Whatever theme you go for, a corresponding floor space can give your party that extra pizzazz. If your event is celebrating a big sport's achievement, for example, a floor that represents your playing field, e.g. a soccer pitch or basketball court, can make for a quirky, eye-catching floor space. A themed floor seamlessly ties in all other party decor and will really take your guests by surprise.

Play with lighting and projectors

Lighting and projectors are a versatile way to add interest to your dance floor without overwhelming the rest of your decor. Delicate floral shapes and hearts, for example, can be well suited to weddings without being reminiscent of gaudy school discos.

If you wish to draw guests of all ages on to your floor, fun projections and coloured lights are a good way to get the attention of youngsters. Some kids may feel shy about taking to the floor in an a largely adult atmosphere, but using lights and fun shapes will attract them and make them feel like it's their party too.

Brightly lit LED dance floors can also be used to sophisticated effect -- illuminating dark spaces such as a beach wedding at night or outdoor garden parties. LED dance floors are perfect for most events since the floor can change colour to reflect the mood of your chosen music or to match your event's decor style.

Add a personal touch

For a stunning dance floor with a difference, mark the occasion with a personalised monogram or logo. This can add a particularly romantic touch to weddings and anniversary parties with a scripted monogram of the couple's initials and date of the event in the centre of the floor. Personalising the dance floor with initials could also be used to great effect for a sweet sixteen or a graduation party using a school or college logo.

A monogrammed dance floor is one that guests aren't likely to forget and that will certainly enhance the party atmosphere -- the added interest of a personalised floor can create great photo opportunities, like couples taking their first dance or kids lying down next to the logo. You may even want to carry this logo into your decor's theme, such as emblazoning napkins, centerpieces and party favour boxes with your design.

Get graphic

Not a fan of a dazzling light show but don't want a plain wooden dance floor either? A graphic dance floor may be just right for you. Graphics can still be fun without being too overwhelming and can really inject a little of the host's personality into the room. Some options could include, for instance, polka dots, stripes, a chevron pattern or a pretty border motif. A bold, graphic floor strays away from the usual style of dance floors and for this reason, your guests will be helpless to resist it.

Complete the experience for your guests with the help of an expert party hire service. These guys will add the finishing touches to your decor and entertainment to make your occasion extra special and ensure guests keep dancing long into the night!