I prefer house parties to going out sometimes as it affords time to catch up with old friends, the privacy of a home and of course free food and drinks 🙂
Here’s a few things you would need and need to think about:-
1) The atmosphere at a house party is more social. So carfeully make up your list of people to invite. I usually don’t mix crowds but if I have to then I consider if the bunch of people will get along with each other or will they be bored or too contrast with everyone else.
2) Keep it invite-only. Make those calls to your friends that you want to be there. You don’t want strangers thrashing your house and you having to clean it up and finding yourself feeling awkward with whoever decided to attend your “do”
3) When is a good time? – Fridays are usually good because a lot of other things are going on Saturday and Sunday, so people aren’t going to come those days. People usually don’t show up to a party until 10 p.m., so tell people to get there at 8 p.m., and they’ll show up at 10 or 10:30 p.m.
If its juts a bunch of friends and you are ok with it, They can always crash at your house after the party and go home the next day.
4) Music – Just something upbeat. It could be really anything. Usually people at a party just want to have something good in the background, but, you know, some hip-hop or classic rock. Something to make you feel good. People tend to chat a lot and catch up with their friends at house “do’s” so initially you can have house music and then later when the party rocks on, propably some jive, pop.
5) Drinks – If you’re having a chill, small get-together, supply cups, have some cola, lemonade, fruit punch … maybe a little bit of alcohol for people but that’s optional and upto you entirely as you know your friends better and don’t want people throwing up all over the place.
6) Theme and Decor – you could have a theme like the 80’s for e.g. and moderate your music and decor according to it. Guests can come dressed up retro style.
7) Activities – after guests arrive and are done through with the greetings, you will need some activities to keep it going. Set up a dart board, can have dumb charades, old time games like musical chairs and have small prizes for the winners 🙂 another good idea is karaoke to break the ice.
8) Food – small, non-messy finger foods for starters is a great idea when guests start to arrive. Mini samosas, chips and dip, salt sticks, fried cocktail sausages on tooth picks, olives, nuts and crackers in a bowl. Once the party moves on, you could either serve a proper dinner but keep it simple and not too many dishes. You could do a biryani and raita, chinese fried rice and chilly chicken, Chole and rotis, Shepherd’s pie, Roast beef with gravy and mashed potatoes. These can be ordered or cooked at home, whatever is convenient to you depending on the number of friends coming over and your budget. Or you can have a variety of smaller things like chutney sandwiches, chicken wings, mini pizzas. If you are doing a barbecue, then sausages, burnt onions, roast potatoes, bread and lots of ketchup and mustard. Keep dessert simple with ice-cream, chocolate, or pudding. If its a birthday or some occassion, the cake can serve as the dessert.
9) Supplies – For starters, you’ll need containers to keep your food and beverages safe and at their required temperature. You will want to keep your beverages cold and in an easy-access place as well. Invest in a large ice box to put canned soda and beer in. You’ll need to get paper, plastic or thermocol cups, plates, and bowls and also plastic knives, forks, and spoons. Other supplies are: a large trashcan or recycling bin for dispensing these items and a large bucket or two filled with water for cigarettes or several large ashtrays. Mostl importantly, tissues, serviettes, toilet rolls. Don’t forget to fill your ice trays and keep in the freezer.
House parties are my all time favourite thing and I’m just itching to have one right now 😉
You guys enjoy and hope my list will be helpful