Everyone, whether young, old, inexperienced, or shindig connoisseur, must adhere to a few rules when attempting to host a successful party. The most important of rules is to plan ahead. Make sure you have all of the necessities beforehand; toilet paper, plastic cups, ping pong balls, kegs, etc. Also, be sure to get an estimated body count for the party so you can plan accordingly. Remove any valuables from the common areas and lock the rooms you would like people to stay out of. Also, don’t be afraid to say “no” when females or friends ask for special treatment and want access to your private bedroom or bathroom. Once you let one person do it, you’ll have to tend to every other friend’s request for the duration of your party. That being said, never throw a party without these five party essentials.
Whether you drink or not, every party should at least offer alcohol. A little bit of booze can go a long way when it comes to getting your guests to relax and make new friends.
If you don’t keep up with the latest music trends, get a friend to act as DJ or bring an iPod. If you have any musical instruments make sure they are accessible. Impromptu jam sessions can be key to a killer bash.
Make sure there is always some sort of entertainment or activity that your guests can participate in. No one likes to stand in a room full of strangers and feel forced into potentially awkward conversations. Games like beer pong, flip cup, dice, and cards can overcome any problematic guy to girl ratios and are great ways to help your guests interact with each other. Competition and teamwork will bring your guests together, allowing them to interact without much effort or personal disclosure.
4. Bathroom Accessibility and Other Necessities
Bathroom lines can put a major damper on any party or gathering and so can a lack of toilet paper. Make sure you have both of these covered well before hosting a party somewhere. Also, try and keep an eye out for vomiting guests. They can not only cause a serious mess, but can potentially hold up your bathroom for lengthy periods of time.
Even if you can only serve saltines, snacks are a must have. Snacks will not only keep the designated drivers occupied, but will provide intoxicated guests some much needed sustenance. It’s also a good idea to pick up some kind of non-alcoholic beverage for those who don’t drink or are trying to sober up.
Honorable Mention: Party Themes
Some people will argue that having a theme is a necessity for every successful party. Many will agree that some of the most momentous parties are themed; however, not everyone likes to play dress up.