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How To Host
The Perfect Party
If you want to make sure your guests have a great time, it takes more than a bag of tortilla chips and your sparkling personality. (But not too much more.)
By JL Scott
A keg of watery beer and an endless supply of red plastic cups used to be all you needed to create a perfect get together with friends. Well, those days have passed, and people are looking for a little more out of a get-together. They’re less worried about doing keg stands and more worried about being forced to stand around with nothing to say or do. You don’t need to spend a fortune to host the perfect party, and you don’t need weeks of militaristic planning. You just need to keep a few guidelines in mind. Yes, we know, parties and rules don’t usually go together — but you’ll need to follow these rules before the party if you want your guests to have the most fun possible breaking them during the party.
1. Get The Word Out
It’s easy for an evite to get lost in the clutter of an inbox. And your friends may not check Facebook as often as you do. (Enough with the cat photos already!) So however you initially spread the word, it’s a good idea to follow up with a no-pressure text or email to make sure everyone is aware of the invite. About a week before the party, extend an invite to your neighbors as well. This is essential if you live in an apartment building, where parties can be annoying even when the noise level isn’t over the top. The neighbors may not show, but giving them the heads up and inviting them to be part of the fun will make it far less likely that they’ll get annoyed and alert the fuzz.
2. Have a Reason For The Party
“Themes don’t always have to be lame or cumbersome, and they can really take a party from random to cohesive,” says Yelena Johnson, creative director of The Stylish Soiree, an event-planning service. “A theme can actually make planning easier by narrowing down your options.” Plus, people enjoy having a reason to celebrate. That reason can be something obvious, like the Super Bowl or July 4. But it can also be something relatively silly, like Frankenstein Day (August 30) or a celebration of the fact that you just finished paying off your car.