Parties are fun.  I enjoy hosting a party from time to time.  Parties give you an opportunity to unwind, socialize, meet new people, and experience new things.  There are numerous magazine articles, books, and internet sites devoted to the art of throwing a party.  Don’t waste your money.  In the lines below I will provide you with all of my secrets on how to host a memorable party.  Ready?

  1. Decide when and where to have the party.  This may seem obvious, but timing and venue are important.  You can’t host a Halloween party at noon on a Tuesday in July (or can you?).  For example, if you are having a bbq you may want to have the party outside.  You should also check the weather report and inform your guests that they will be outside.  You may also want to own a grill.  Make sure you’ve chosen a date and time that will work for you and your intended guests.  The timing should also be appropriate to the theme of the party…
  2. Theme/Reason for party.  This doesn’t have to be complicated.  Sometimes a simple reason or theme is the best.  Getting too complicated may discourage people from attending.  Often the theme is obvious due to the time of year or a particular event is in need of being celebrated.  Other times you need to get a bit creative.  For example, brinner.  Brinner is breakfast for dinner.  Have all your friends over some evening and cook them a hearty breakfast food…
  3. Food.  This is the most important part of hosting a party.  Don’t make anything too complicated.  Also, don’t provide food that can’t sit out for a while.  You may want to coordinate the food with the theme of the party (or have the food be the theme of the party).  Make sure to provide a variety of options.  Some people have allergies or aversions to certain types of foods.  But if they are vegans you should tell them to go home.  Vegans can’t be tolerated.  Be careful if you are grilling or cooking while the party is happening.  If you spend too much time around a grill or in the kitchen you alienate yourself from your guests…
  4. Guests.  You want them at your party.  The number and type of guests will depend on the theme and venue.  If you have a small apartment don’t invite 300 people to a dinner party.  If the theme is drugs and heavy metal music don’t invite your grandma (it might run late and she goes to bed early).  Make sure to provide plenty of notice.  If you send out invitations the day before or pick a bad time you may find yourself with way too much food sitting on a couch next to your weird neighbor that you just met (if he/she smells funny and keeps talking about how awesome the Twilight series is then you may need to move).

I’m sure there are a number of other hosting concerns, but these are the basics.  And if you’re having a party please invite me.  I’m not a vegan and I hate Twilight.

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