So you're in college and you want to throw a party. It's amazingly simple when it comes down to it. There really aren't very many factors that go into making a party successful. In saying that, there are plenty of things to avoid, because a party can fail in an instant. If you have these 5 elements for your party, it's sure to be a success.
1. Good Tunes / Playlist
Seriously important. If your music is shit, it's going to affect the mood. They should be your friends so you can gauge the mood, but it's always good to get a bit of a mix going. Have some chill tunes for early in the night and then segue into some more dancey stuff (or whatever gets people on their feet) later on. Getting the tunes wrong can be detrimental to everyone's enjoyment and, when asked about the party, they'll invariably say "meh". You don't want "meh". You want "Yeah it was actually a fucking sick party!" So get that playlist sorted pal!
2. Have Booze In The House
Now this one can be dodgy enough. You're always going to say BYOB so people bring whatever they want. It's the easiest way to handle it. But there are always going to be stragglers, tag-alongs and general scabs who didn't bring their own. That's why you play it safe and get a couple of crates, so that nobody is left hanging and you always have a few beers to offer when people arrive. Also, it looks quite cool having beer on ice around the house. Free hooch = sick night!
If you're feeling adventurous/rich you can get a keg. Having a keg at a house party looks boss as fuck and regardless of what people think of the party, they'll be all like "No way you got a keg" and you'll be all like "Yeah I'm the shit!" Cool beans.
3. Make Sure Food Is Available
This one is pretty important. You can have plenty of people and booze in the house but nothing will clear a party quicker than mass hunger... or the cops, I suppose. Avoid this by having shitloads of Doritos or nuts or whatever so you can let people help themselves or scatter it around in bowls all over the gaff. Alternatively, you can organise a mass take-away and get a mad discount. Full peeps is happy peeps!
4. Indoor Smoking Area
When people drink, they smoke. People smoke anyway and, a lot of the time, the best craic will be out in the smoking room. It's as simple as that. Set up a nice little area for everyone to go and socialise in, so they don't have to stand about like dildos. Maybe bring some chairs, a table, ashtrays, etc. If you have an outdoor heater, you're on to a winner - the party could end up just being outside.
5. Have Some Drinking Games Prepared
OK, drinking games aren't for everybody. That's cool. But why not set up a pong table and have a few sets of cards around, in case anybody wants to play Kings... Better to have the option!
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