Fun 102: How To Throw A Party

Back To Main
Great Boredom-Killing Websites

Parties are meant to be fun, and they’re whatever you want them to be

  • Your ability to maintain a fun and inviting atmosphere will determine whether your party helps or hurts your reputation
  • Throwing a party is more work than just going to someone else’s party
    • Everyone should be enjoying themselves, there should be enough seats and the event shouldn’t run out of food
      • Put the seats close enough together to allow more connected conversations
    • This will cost more money than someone else’s party and will also require some creativity

Organizing a party is easy if you plan it appropriately

  • Set some ground rules before making any plans
    • What is your budget for the whole event?
      • Where would you most like the money to be spent, and what would you like to save the most on?
    • Are people encouraged to bring their friends or is it invite-only?
    • Are you providing alcohol?
      • Having alcohol at a party is really fun, but can also lead to broken things and more to clean up afterwards
    • Can others bring alcohol, food or drinks?
  • Set the date, time, ending time and location at least 2 weeks out
    • Advertise events at the party that draw attention
      • Get a powerful enough projector to play video games or watch movies as a group
      • Make it a costume party or a dinner theater
      • Use the talent of your friends to make creative and interesting party attention grabbers
  • Track who you invite
    • If you’re not careful when inviting, you might offend some people
    • Pay attention to how much space you have
      • About 70-80% of people you invite will attend, and it will often not be at the same time
        • If you’re advertising through social media like Facebook, it’s closer to 50%
      • People don’t often need a lot of space, but they do need room to use what they want at the party
    • The bigger the party, the more unpredictable it can get, but the more fun it can be
      • If the event is more than 12, let your neighbors know or invite them as well
    • If you’re using an RSVP system, don’t expect people to respond until as early as a few days before the event
    • If there’s a fee, start planning for how to deal with people who won’t pay the entrance fee
  • Set a theme for the party
    • Look for creative themes that get people interested in the event
    • Find music that fits the theme
      • The music should always be upbeat and energetic, but allow a playlist that slows it down enough for people to relax from all the intensity
      • Make sure the music fits the culture of the people invited and fits the mood you’re looking for
    • Start making or buying your decorations
      • Display your food in a cooler way
        • Boil water before freezing it to make the ice extremely clear
        • Carve out the inside of a watermelon or pumpkin, cut a hole in it and insert a spigot to turn it into a drink dispenser
        • Carve out a watermelon and turn it into a fruit bowl
        • Cut the top half off of a pumpkin, remove all the insides and put a glass bowl inside it to make a drink cooler
        • Tonic water has quinine, which glows in the dark, and a blacklight will illuminate it
        • Serve apple cider in cut-out insides of apples, stir with cinnamon sticks
        • Glue wood paneling on the outside of an old refrigerator and rotate the compressor 90 degrees to turn it into an ice chest
        • Pour chocolate over a filled balloon while holding a bowl under to catch the drips, turn upside down after it’s dried and deflate the balloon, then fill with strawberries
        • Serve condiments in a muffin tray
        • Make a serving tray out of peppermints by baking a tray with peppermints in rows for 10 minutes
      • Make food that is more interesting to eat
        • Make decorative hard boiled eggs by cracking them lightly with a spoon, pouring dye on and then rinsing with water
        • Use condiment bottles filled with icing to decorate cookies and cakes or set it out for the guests to do it
        • Use the bottom portion of an empty 2-liter bottle to make flavored ice that looks like a flower
        • Cut ice cream through the paper container with a knife for easier serving
      • Make your own decorations and recruit friends to help
        • All Seasons
          • Put a glowstick in a balloon
          • Cut open a glowstick and shake the contents into a glass jar, add diamond glitter, seal the top of the lid and shake
          • At night, throw glow sticks into a pool or put white Christmas lights around the inside edge of the pool
          • Stake balloons to the ground with golf tees
          • Spray glow-in-the-dark paint on rocks and line a walkway
          • Cut slits along the sides of an empty can, push the ends together to fan the can out, remove the labeling and turn into a unique Chinese lamp
          • Apply Rain X in a design to make an image or text that only shows up when it’s wet outside
          • Cut a rose stem into 4 vertical stalks and soak each part into a different food dye to make a rainbow pattern
          • Make a homemade Tiki Torch by sticking a shoelace into an alcohol bottle, sealing it up with the shoelace sticking out and lighting it
          • Tape different colored glow sticks to your ceiling fan and turn it on
        • Cold Weather
          • Fill balloons up with water and food coloring and freeze, cut the balloons off and they’ll look like giant marbles
        •  Halloween
          • To make creepy-looking ice, put a frozen rubber glove in water with red food coloring and freeze
          • Make “night eyes” by cutting eyes into toilet paper rolls and putting glowsticks into them
          • To make decorations that look like faces, draw faces on upside down plastic cups and put LED tealights under them
          • Halloween pumpkins can be carved out and cut in half to be a drink cooler
          • Make Jack-o-Lantern Cheeseburgers by putting hamburger patties onto a bottom bun, then cutting out American cheese into Jack-o-Lantern faces
          • Make spider cookies by drawing legs with a toothpick on cookies while the chocolate chips are still warm
  • If you have a pool, prepare it for the most fun
    • Make a pool yourself by placing bales of hay around a flat area, dropping a waterproof tarp over the bales to the ground, securing the tarp with rope and filling it with water
    • Throw a tennis ball in to pick up the oils that are in the pool
    • Put black trash bags over hula hoops and throw them into a pool to heat it up faster
    • Tape pool noodles to the outside of a plastic container or string it around with rope to make a pool cooler
    • Cut pool noodles with one noodle rounded out sticking upwards in between 2 others to make a floating cup holder
    • Tape pool noodes to the edge of a board to have a floating drink table or beer pong table
    • Float a children’s pool inside a full-sized pool
  • Get all of the food and decor together at least a week before the event
    • Buy all the non-perishable food and drinks you’ll need
    • Track what utensils and dining pieces you still need and borrow, rent or buy them
    • Have all your decorations together
    • Get the playlist together, which will set the mood for the entire party
  • Have the house prepared before the day of the party
    • Doing it a few days in advance keeps things low-stress
    • Place every decoration where it needs to go
    • Prepare all of the food in advance
    • If you have a trampoline, make it safer by putting pool noodles over the edges
  • Relax for the event
    • Put markers next to the disposable cups to help people keep track of them
    • Put different colored rubber bands on the bottom of wine glasses to help people keep track of them
    • Your mood and mental state will determine how much people will enjoy the event

Parties should have a balance between constant events and constant relaxing

  • This varies heavily on the culture, but a great party will keep people interested
  • Try a few tricks to make the mingling more fun
    • Have a basket in the front where people have to put their phones
    • Have everyone start by grabbing a glow stick (Green = single, Yellow = it’s complicated, Red = taken)
  • Have competitions
    • Run a rope through the bottom of a tissue paper box and fill with ping pong balls, have someone wear it on their backside and make a party game of someone trying to shake all the ping pong balls out
    • Have one person put a lot of shaving cream on their face and others have to throw cheese ball snacks onto it
    • Try having a pinata at the party
  • If alcohol is involved, there are a lot of creative drinking games to try
    • Beer pong is simple and is very familiar for most party people
    • Play chess or checkers with shot glasses, a pizza box and markers
    • Make the ultimate Beer Pong table by cutting holes in a board
    • Make “Beer Battleship” by cutting out foam ships and playing a normal Battleship game next to it
    • Play chess with a checkered tile floor and drink cups
    • If the event is on your front lawn, place a sign that says YOU HONK WE DRINK
    • Play spin the bottle with shots, where some of the shots aren’t alcoholic
Next: Phenomenal Artists