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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

How to: Your Guide to Throwing an Awesome House Party

Ever been in that weird limbo of wanting to party, but at the same time you can't really be bothered to leave the house? In the words of Sam Hunt: If you're gonna be a homebody, We're gonna have a house party! 
House parties can be so much fun, and are a nice change from going out and spending way too much money. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure that everybody is having a good time. Take a look:

Put Away Valuables
Grab everything you would be afraid to lose or get broken and put them away somewhere safe. Lock them away or take them to a friend’s house if you need to, just don’t leave them anywhere they can become damaged. I don’t know how rowdy this house party is going to get, so I’m just giving you some sensible advice!

Lock Doors
A house party doesn't mean you have to let your home be a free-for-all! If you want people to stay in the living room, for instance, you’re going to need to lock or barricade other doors. You don’t know what people might get up to in your bedroom when your back is turned (just saying)!

Make Signs to the Bathroom
Everybody is going to need the bathroom, so make signs up there so nobody ends up ‘accidentally’ taking a nap in your mum and dads room, or worse yet going to the toilet in the wardrobe. This is especially important if people are likely to drink so much that they're sick. Do you want to scrub puke out of your carpets? Didn't think so!

Create a Playlist
Create a playlist so you can set the atmosphere of your party. You can easily do this with Spotify, but there are a ton of other applications you can use too. Make sure it’s long enough that certain songs don’t repeat. If you’re having a themed party, make sure your playlist matches the theme!

Only Tell A Select Few
We’ve all heard the horror stories. Somebody announces their house party on social media and the whole town turns up and trashes their place. Only tell people you trust about the party. It’s always a bad idea making it a ‘more the merrier’ event, especially if you don’t know people. You could consider asking them to bring a plus one if you want some newbies there, but tell them to keep it on the low. Don’t ever let people you don’t know into your home!

Drinking games can bring any party to life!credit
Have Plenty to Drink
You might want to tell people to bring their own drinks, but if you want to be a good host, you should have something to offer them too. If you run out, you can always head to the closest liquor store, but you won’t want to leave the party for too long, so stocking up beforehand is definitely advisable. Keeping an eye on things is important, or it could all go awry!

Buy a Few Snacks
People may need snacks to soak up the alcohol, and you don’t want them to be tempted to raid your fridge or cupboards. Buy some snacks to keep them happy. You could even order pizza later on in the night.

Pre-book Taxis
One issue with parties is having people outstay their welcome. Have taxis pre-booked for the time you think you’ll want everybody to leave. This way, you don’t have to worry about kicking them out the next day either!

Have a great party, and be sensible!

Waiting for the invite,
Calista xx

*This is a contributed post.

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