Freshers: a student's guide on throwing a house party
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So you want to throw a house party, right? Okay, do you know what you’re doing? Seriously, do you even know what you’re getting yourself into here? Let’s paint a picture: you’ve gone in without a plan and invited a couple of people over for a bit of a bash. They tell their friends, those friends tell their friends and suddenly you’ve got an open invitation to insanity. What’s that over there? Oh just the local hobo urinating into your novelty mug. And in the corner? That's a group of scallies taking off with your TV. Your neighbour is banging on the front door asking why the hedge is on fire and your best mate and that strange guy from your Media Studies course are having a brawl. You see what happens when you don’t have a plan? House parties need to be perfectly orchestrated in order to work. They’re stressful and time consuming but if you get it right, people are going to come back for more. I know. I’ve thrown my fair share of both good and bad house parties and let me tell you, the last thing you want to be doing is fishing a turd out of your kettle at four in the morning. I had to use a tea strainer. Fear not though, follow these simple guidelines and you should be fine. The Ratio Getting the male to female ratio right is the first step to any good house party. A party that resembles a stag-do in Tallin is never going to work. The first thing any girl will say to her friends when she steps over the threshold and realise she’s walked into an army barracks is “let’s get the hell out of here.” Now, if you’re a female you should have no problem getting girls to turn up, and because of that you wont have any issues getting a load of guys to turn up either. If you’re a guy, though, this can be a little tricky. The key is to create a welcoming and open environment for any member of the female sex to feel comfortable and relaxed in. Music Any house party worth its salt will have a good playlist ready to go. Do not leave this to chance. The last thing you want to be doing is fiddling around with your Spotify account as people start to arrive – this is the quickest way to ensure your house party sucks. You’re going to have all sorts of people there so try and cater to everyone’s tastes. Keep it nice and chilled for the first couple of hours, and then after a couple of drinks, turn the tempo up.
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