It went so much better than I expected!
I wasn’t able to get my hands on any big speakers in time, but I don’t think that would have mattered all that much given the audience. Nobody there had seen previous launches (or the live launch earlier that afternoon) so they really didn’t know what to expect. We watched the full broadcast starting at T-22 minutes, with full commentary for context, and the sounds of the SpaceX team cheering in the background.
As we neared the final stages of the countdown I could feel the excitement from the people around me… the significance of what they were about to see, and the build up of excitement in the presentation. (SpaceX does an excellent job here)
During the launch my “Non-Space Geek” friends became “Space Geeks” as it were… their faces were locked in a state of awe, and the energy in th e room was excellent. The Launch was wow, the tesla reveal was spectacular… and the landing of the two boosters had people shaking their heads in disbelief…
Follow that up with video of Starman floating out above the earth… A evening of win all round.
I will be hosting more private Launch parties in the future, everyone loved it, and quite a few people were asking for links to the YouTube channel, asked questions about other companies, what SpaceX was doing all this for, etc.
I definitely recommend hosting one in the future, even if you can’t watch it live