Because we spend most of our time horizontal and streaming shows, we try and be good, sociable people who hit the town when the chance arises. However, even when we’re surrounded by new n’ exciting people to meet, more often than not we wind up in the back corner with the mates you came with. Why? Because they’re a guaranteed good time, but it definitely makes us think we should’ve just hung out at home instead. At least there’s no lines for the toilet there.
Only problem is, home shindigs mean you’ll have to be in charge, and with great power comes great responsibility and all that. From dunny paper to nibblies to eat, read below to make sure you don’t get too overwhelmed when inviting the pals ’round.
ENSURE NO ONE’S PARCHED AS
I don’t want to tell you that having people over without drinks readily available is a bad idea, but having people over without drinks readily available is a bad idea. No one’s saying you have to get through it all that night, either. You’ll down it in the days, nights, weeks that follow – always get too much rather than not enough. If you need some help in the cocktail-making department, check out Michael Chiem of Ps40‘s step-by-step guide below:
HAVE A BANGIN’ PLAYLIST
Be strategic with your music choices and make a playlist that progresses with the night. The first hour or three should be chill (e.g. Alt J) until you start ripping out the bonafide bangers (e.g. MØ) and singalongs that are hard not to dance / get up to. If you don’t trust your music taste then put that ball in someone else’s court, or check Spotify. Spotify is bae.
HAVE A GOOD GUEST LIST
You want a good mix of attendees – incl. the sensible ones, the partiers, the clean freaks – because a good combination will ensure things run smoothly. It’s also take the pressure off you if you’re able to subconsciously delegate roles for the night.
MAKE SURE THE NIBBLIES ARE BEING DROOLED OVER
The amount of times I’ve left things because I was hungry is unbelievable, so make sure no one does that to your event by providing A+ food. Nothing gets people excited like a grazing platter – you know, those mega cheeseboards that look like something fit for Jesus’ Last Supper? But it’s not a case of just dumping a bunch of delicious things on a board – there’s an art to it, and grazing master Dan the Man will show y’all how in the vid below:
STOCK THE HELL UP
Just imagine running out of toilet paper with a bunch of friends over. Not pretty. Also have things like straws (cardboard if you can), mixers and garbage bags. Remember what Scar said in ‘The Lion King‘? Yep, it was ‘be prepared’ and prepared you shall be.