(Closed) Party tips?

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Post # 3
5473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Have some snacks and libations, play some music, have on hand some games just in case people want to play, and just relax!  Most of the time people want to chit chat and catch up, but as the night goes on you’ll be able to play it by ear.

We always end up playing Apples to Apples- it’s fun, easy, and gets really interesting as the night (and the drinks) go on!

Post # 4
9680 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@EllEmm005:  My first suggestion is to make sure you have enough food. There is nothing worse/more embarrassing than running out of food! As for what to do, that depends on your social circle. When you get together at other people’s houses, do you usually play games or just mingle? It’s always good, in my opinion, to have a backup party game in case conversation dies down or if there are people who don’t know anyone other than the hosts. 

My tips: have options ready and lots of food! 

Post # 5
47430 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@EllEmm005:  Any or all of the above. If you are new at hosting sometimes it helps to do something that gets everyone involved, like having a fondue.

Post # 6
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My tip would be – if you are making food, don’t try any new recipes!  Stick to old favourites that you know, or do store bought (i.e. frozen appetizers, chips and salsa, etc).  Unfortunately I learned that the hard way.

Post # 7
2529 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

FIRST OFF: make sure you’re settled in before you party.
Even if you don’t have 100% of your furniture but have everything put away (so people don’t show up and want to start helping you unpack/settle in – I know I’d try!)

Apples to Apples is a great game!
Also, Cards Against HUmanity if your friends can handle the sometimes-inappropriate humor haha. We have a game called Sobriety Test, haven’t gotten too far with it (laughter got too loud and we had to shut it down haha) but it works the same way (just jump into the game!) and is totally goofy fun.
Those are games that someone can just jump in if they come late, have few rules, and can go on for as long as you like (instead of like, Monopoly that has to go on forever)

Lots of food: chips and dip (tortilla chips and salsa, pita chips and guacamole/hummus, potato chips and french onion dip, bread and spinach artichoke dip) are really popular in my group, as are little hot appetizers like quesodillas and potato skins (usually from a box – depending on the crowd and the host). Have a LOT of food, especially if there will be drinking.
If you want a “main course” then have something going in a crock pot OR something you can make/buy ahead (pizza is always a good option) and either serve cold (i.e. sandwiches) or heat up while everyone snacks.

Drinks: have soda, ice, and water available. Buy a few things of beer if you want alcohol and if anyone asks if they can bring something, tell them to bring their drink of choice. You don’t need to spend tons of money on beer/alcohol.

Music: use Songza (it can suggest music playlists by mood or activity) or Pandora for background music (it gets too awkward without it)

Movies are OK but you might want to wait until you have a late crowd for that. Ask a friend to bring some if your collection is lacking, or use Netflix and just watch what’s on there (or episodes of Archer – always funny)

Honestly I am not a good party-thrower (FI is though), I learned most of this by observing at good and bad parties. ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 9
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@EllEmm005:  Honestly, it has happened a few times (I never learn my lesson!).  Most recently I made antojitos for the first time for my mom’s 50th birthday party, and didn’t have a good sense of how many jalopenos to use.  My cousin ended up downing a huge glass of milk because her mouth was on fire.

Post # 10
1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am going to echo what the other bees have said – have plenty of food and drinks for everyone. Have a drink before everyone gets there and just relax and have fun. Don’t over think everything!

In my experience, people just want to talk and catch up, but have a couple of games on hand just in case. Apples to apples is fun but Catch Phrase is my personal favorite!

Post # 11
9561 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

as long as you can offer some things to eat and drink, the party will take care itself. 

games are good to offer but usually you just sit around and talk.

Post # 12
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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@EllEmm005:  Congrats on the move!

I’m not sure how well everyone knows one another but an awesome “get to know one another” game is called Table Topics. Definitely check it out. I’ve used them at personal parties AND work social events I’ve planned and they are sure fire ice breakers (unless everyone is a stick in the mud!)

Post # 13
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I usually end up with my boyfriend’s friends coming over on football days to watch the games… I just make sure I have some finger food (chips and dip or wings, sometimes veggies if I know someone’s vegetarian girlfriend is coming over) and beer available and make sure that the games are on TV.  It’s definitely a more casual get together though, and usually last minute.  Plus, these guys are all so sweet and usually bring their own beverages but as I’ve gotten to know them better I’ve been picking up their favorite beer or liquor for them.

Basically… it’s your house and your party… so do it however you want!  You don’t have to do games if you don’t have to.  Just have some snacks and beverages available.  If you guys like sports have a game playing on the tv, or have music playing in the background.

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