Let’s Celebrate! | A Host’s Guide to Planning the Perfect Party


The era of house parties is back. And while they take more effort than just catching an Uber to a bar, a little thought goes a long way at a party. You are a pioneer, bringing back the era nearly lost in our culture. With these tips, not only will people come to your legendary party, but they will have the time of their lives.

You can’t have a party without guests, and it is important to know who and how many to invite. A good rule of thumb is to invite more people than you think will actually show up, that way you won’t have a shortage of guests. Think about inviting your neighbors as well — even if they don’t come they’ll be less likely to give you a noise complaint.

The playlist is the most crucial part of the party, besides the people. If the music is whack, the party will be whack. You might be intimidated by making the perfectly curated playlist, but never fear — there’s a party category on Spotify with thousands of ready-to-go playlists. When it’s 2 a.m. and time to close up shop, put on a playlist with only slow songs and get out the trash bag. People will get the point.

Guests don’t expect a filet mignon, but you should set out a few different snacks. You can’t go wrong with chips and dip, but if you want to impress, set out some pizzas or wings. We’re all college kids on a budget, so most parties are BYOB — but put out at least a little alcohol in case somebody forgets their six pack.

Finally, if you don’t know where to start with the planning, picking a theme is an easy place to begin. Have a costume contest at a Halloween party, throw a decades party or have everybody dress up as a celebrity for a birthday party. Any theme you choose will surely be memorable.

Story by Emily Klein

Photo by Monica Behrle

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