Throwing the perfect house party can be a lot of work and a lot more stress than most people are willing to admit. How much alcohol should you buy? Who should you invite? Is it worth it to make Jello Shots? Will the masking tape on the cupboards really keep people out?
While we can’t predict if your invitees will go gaga over a hand-carved ice luge, we can give you the answers to throwing an absolutely awesome house party.
1. Invest in a variety of alcohol…and lots of it
Nothing says lame party like the house that runs out of alcohol before midnight. People at parties have this great habit of making a drink, holding onto it for five minutes, and then forgetting about their cup and pouring another drink. Therefore, buy more. It is absolutely okay to get cheap vodka and cheap rum if that means that more people can drink it. You and your friends will have the leftover alcohol to use for the rest of the year. If you need a guide, there are 17 shots in a fifth and 40 shots in handle.
2. Don’t forget the beer!
Even if you aren’t a beer drinker, a party without a keg means no flip cup, no beer pong, and a larger chance that someone will throw up in your house, since hard alcohol drinks will get people drunk faster than beer. Set up the keg in the corner somewhere, and make sure you have lots of cups.
3. Jungle Juice and Jello Shots
In my personal opinion, Jello shots are awesome and fun for a few people, but if you are having a party with over 75 people, they are a waste of good alcohol and a waste of money that can be spent elsewhere. However, Jungle Juice is easy to make, can be made as strong or as weak as you want, and minimizes the amount that people pour their own drinks into cups, helping you somewhat monitor how much they are drinking and how much alcohol is consumed
4. Make an awesome playlist
Have you ever been to a party where all of a sudden the Pokemon theme song comes on? I’ve hosted this party. Make an exceptionally long playlist with every song that people might want to hear at a party so that nothing embarrassing happens to you…putting your iPod on shuffle is the kiss of death. Need help? Check out these great suggestions!
5. Lock up your iPod or Computer in a room on the first floor
Because parties are all over Facebook these days and it is likely that some people you don’t know are going to show up to your house and drink your alcohol. While this isn’t really a big deal, you would rather be safe than sorry when it comes to your valuables. Take it from someone who had her iPod stolen during welcome week…lock the iPod in your room, and plug it into speakers or an extension cord that you can wire under the door.
6. And while your on it, get rid of your food
Reeses Puffs. Pretzels. M&Ms. A bottle of Sangria. All things that I have seen stolen at various parties. Drunk people are hungry people and hungry people will raid your fridge and your cabinets. Make sure that you’ve stashed anything important in your room, and if you are able to lock your fridge, by all means, just do it.
7. What goes on Facebook is there for everybody to see
If you want a smaller party with only people you know, try to make it a private event on Facebook. Otherwise, it is really hard to dictate who comes through your front door and figure out who is a “friend of a friend” versus who “just got bored and saw a party and wanted free alcohol.” Also, a lot of school’s have their public safety guys cruise Facebook looking for open events where they can bust underage drinkers.
8. Invite your close friends to pregame
It’s a good idea to have 20 people or so at your house at the beginning of the night. Nothing is more awkward than starting the night with your four roommates and 10 people from freshmen year who you haven’t spoken to since then. Having people who you know at your house early makes it less awkward when your less close friends stop by, and also is an easy way to start your party.
9. And the last thing…ending the party
If it is 4am and you still have some stragglers, turn off the music, start cleaning, start putting things away…these people will get the idea….
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