Hello to all of you out there looking to throw a college party! I have been throwing successful weekend parties at my apartment for the last few years, and in this time I have learned some tips that are essential to everyone having a great time. I am going to break the tips down in terms of category and post them in several short articles. Since this is my first article, I am assuming that it is implied that people will be drinking alcohol at the party being thrown. While alcohol isn’t necessary to throw a good college party…I’m actually just going to stop right there. I’m not condoning the use of alcohol, I’m simply saying that it is typically included in most college parties. Thus, its use will be implied in my articles. Be responsible though, obviously alcohol can be dangerous if misused. That’s all for the disclaimer, on to tip number one!
1) Make sure you have the appropriate equipment for your party!
When people come to a college party, they want to play beer pong, cup games (such as flip cup), and card games. Don’t invite a ton of people over to your place without buying everything necessary to play these games, plus a few extra sets. People spill beer on cards, they step on ping pong balls, and, trust me, the lighter trick does not work every time. It can sometimes even result in carpets being set on fire when your idiot friends get lighter-happy, not that I know anything about that…(Ok, it was me)
2) Make a theme!
People will be more apt to choose your party over other ones when they know that you are having something like a tropical drink night or a toga party. A good theme can seriously enhance the life of the party. Be realistic though, don’t have a foam party in your dorm room. First of all, water damage can still occur even if you’re drunk, and second of all, it’s just stupid, come on. (It’s sad that I even had to say that, but I can attest to the fact that it’s been done)
3) Make sure you will be reimbursed for the costs of throwing the party!
I can’t tell you how many times that people just assume that I’m the most generous person on the planet and conveniently forget their wallets at home. Do not let people past the front door if they don’t have money upfront. It’s amazing how people find miraculously find five dollars stuffed in the pants when you tell them they can’t get in without it.
4) Buy enough food and alcohol.
When the alcohol runs out, the party dies. (Although that can sometimes be a good thing) Having an extra case in the back might not be a bad idea.
5) Be ready to stay alert throughout the party!
Here’s my final preparation rule. Don’t plan on getting drunk at your own party. When the host gets drunk, all bets are off and you lose control of the situation. Someone needs to be responsible because when everyone gets out of control, bad things happen. The party can get broken up, or worse, someone could get hurt. I know this is not what you guys want to hear but it’s the truth.
That’s all for article number one, good luck!