Hosting a house party can be difficult, and a lot of work. We aren’t all party planners and we aren’t all the best at making sure all goes well. There are many things that you should do before having people over, like clean! Duh! I've rounded up seven of my must haves before hosting a house party.
1. Plastic Cups
We all know those red cups that are at every house party we have ever gone too, and they are lifesavers. Whatever the party may be that you are having, you won’t want to start handing out your glass cups. You never know what can happen to them and also the dishes after will be a nightmare! This is also a great way for people to claim their own cup drink after drink. Have a black pen handy so that the guest can write their name on the cup.
2. Amazing Sound System
This is pretty self-explanatory. Who wants to go to a house party without music? This will get your guests in a great mood and set the tone for the whole party. If you don’t have a good sound system, there are great docking systems where you can plug your iPhone into. They are pretty cheap and will last you a long time.
3. A Pre Made Music Play List
Going off the last point, you want to make sure you already have a play list made. This will eliminate the stress of changing the tunes every time a bad song comes on. Saying that, there are great apps out that have pre made music so you don’t have to sit there for hours downloading the newest songs.
4. Throw Away Camera
I heard this idea a while back and thought it was the best thing; I just had to try it! Grab a bunch of throwaway cameras, and place them around the dinner table or around the room for your guests to take some candid shots. When you are hosting a party, you don’t have a lot of time to visit each person so this is a great way to see what really goes down.
5. Coolers Packed with Ice
Aside from all the fun details, this is pretty necessary. You need somewhere for your guests to put their drinks and I am guessing that your fridge wont hold all of it. Try to have a couple coolers around where your guests can place their drinks, or simply ask them to bring their own. Some people forget this actually!
6. Finger Foods
If you are having a smaller get together, you should always have some sort of finger food. There are great pre made boxes at the grocery store for cheap, or you can simple look online for some easy to make fast finger foods. With everything to do before the party, you want everything to move fast! Try having some friends over beforehand to help with the making of the food.
7. Safe Rides Home
On a more serious note, having cab numbers handy is always a smart idea. Guests (and yourself!) can get a little out of hand and drink a little too much, and driving drunk is never the answer. You could even have the cab number by the door frame so that guests see it. I have also been to parties where the host takes all the keys, and distributes them back to the driver only if they are ok to drive at the end of the night.
Hosting a party can be a lot of work. Is there something you need to have every time you go to a party? Or what about if you host a hours party, what is the one thing you make sure you have beforehand?