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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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