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?
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.
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.
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.
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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