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5 Essential Items You Need To Throw The Perfect House Party

5 Essential Items You Need To Throw The Perfect House Party

So you’ve decided it’s finally time to throw your own get-together at your place. You figure you have enough room to accommodate everyone, and have a pretty good idea of how to ensure everyone has a good time. But do you have everything you need to help the party run smoothly? Undoubtedly, it’s best to plan ahead, so check out this list of items you’ll want to make sure you have if you want to throw the ultimate house party.

1. The Right Guest List

I know, by now you probably already had a good idea of who you were going to invite, but did you really think about it? What will happen when all those people are put in the same room? Does person A not get along with person B? Are you setting exes up for an unexpected reunion? Is person C a drama queen eager to start some sort of rift between friends? You may get along great with each person on your invite list, but how would they get along with each other?

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You also want to make sure you don’t invite people that will get completely out of control. If you aren’t confident that your home won’t be entirely destroyed by someone on your guest list, don’t invite them.

2. Music System

What’s a party without music? It’s practically a must-have, but so is the right entertainment system. If you’re hanging out with more than just a few people, you’re going to want a system that can keep up. Investing in good, quality loudspeakers is a great idea, especially if you plan on having more parties in the future. You can either create a playlist to run throughout the night, or turn on the radio, but you want to try to play music the majority of your crowd can enjoy.

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3. Good Food (& The Right Kind)

If you really want to throw a great party, you want to at least have something for your guests to munch on. You don’t have to have an entire buffet or a full spread of appetizers, but you don’t want a bag of chips with a lame bowl of dip either. When thinking about the type of party you want to have, and the people you’re inviting, does a specific kind of food come in mind?

Perhaps a giant platter of chicken wings is the way to go. Or a slow cooker full of barbecue and a side of baked beans. You could even do a taco bar, or a build-your-own sandwich bar. The options are endless; just make sure you avoid serious allergies if necessary, and serve something that isn’t too difficult to munch on with a drink in the other hand.

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4. Plenty of Drinks

Speaking of drinks, you’ll want to be sure you have enough of the right kind of those as well. Don’t set your mind on alcohol and forget about the rest. It’s important to have a variety of options available, even if you’re doing a BYOB-style party. You can easily choose to serve beer and wine only, but you’ll still want to have a variety of each, as well as some non-alcoholic beverages . Water, lemonade, soda, or tea and coffee are all great options. If you do want to serve liquor, don’t pressure yourself to have a full bar available. Just two or three options is plenty.

A great way to take some stress off yourself in terms of actually serving drinks is to set up a bar cart or drink station. Have an ice bucket filled and ready to go, as well as plenty of cups. Then your guests can serve themselves and you don’t have to worry about it.

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5. Security

No, I’m not telling you to go and hire someone to check IDs at the door. If you’re planning on throwing that kind of party, you may want to take it outside of your own home. When inviting a large group of people into your home, you want to be smart about what you give them access to. If you have roommates, lock their doors. If you have medications, hide them somewhere safe. If there’s anything you don’t want another person having access to, secure it. Even if you think you can trust everyone that you’re inviting, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

It’s also a good idea to be conscious of drinking and driving. Not only for your sake, but for the sake of others. You can go as far as to collect everyone’s keys if you see them drinking, or ensure that each person somehow has a safe ride home. Don’t make it too easy for someone to get behind the wheel if they’ve had multiple alcoholic beverages. Believe me, you want to remember the night because of a great party, not a tragic accident.

Get Out There & Party

Now you at least have a better idea of how to make the most of a party in your own home. Whether you go at it alone or enlist a friend to help you throw the ultimate event, you’re all but guaranteed to have a great time. With just a little planning a few essentials, you’ll have everyone talking about how great of a time they had for weeks to come.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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