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How to throw a themed party

This past winter, my roommates and I decided to throw a Christmas party. We drank, we danced, we devoured, and overall it was a true success. Here are some words of advice for how to throw a party that rocks.

1. Do at least one thing that’s unique and creative.

To get people excited about the party and simply to make people laugh, we made up a poem that was based off of “The Night Before Christmas” but was relative to our event. We included friends and inside jokes in the poem, and had a lot of fun with it. We printed out the poem and hung it on our door so that it served as the focal piece of the night.

2. Presentation is key

It may seem like common sense, but make sure that your house/ apartment/ wherever you’re hosting the party is clean and looks good. You don’t have to do anything too extravagant. I filled champagne flutes with candy and set out some festive cookies (who doesn’t like cookies?!)

3. Invite your closest peeps (this does not mean your entire list of Facebook friends).

Nothing is more annoying than spending your time and energy preparing for a get-together only to find that you don’t recognize half the people at your place. In some cases, the more the merrier, but the majority of the time it’s when you’re with your closest friends that the least drama occurs and the most fun is had.

4. Come up with a drink that goes with your theme.

We made a drink which I have come to name the Big Red (after the gum which is tastes exactly like).

  • 1 part Goldschlagger
  • 1 part peppermint schnapps
  • 2 parts diet lemon-lime soda

We had these drinks in red, plastic martini glasses which we got from Party City. We also stuck a candy cane in each one.

5. Create an awesome playlist.

Have songs that go with your theme, but make sure there is plenty of variety. Obviously, people would have a hard time rocking out hard to “Jingle Bells” all night. We put plenty of modern Christmas songs on our playlist but also made sure to put other upbeat jams on there.

6. Get silly.

Don’t stress about making sure everyone is having a good time because, trust me, if you do this then you won’t have a good time yourself. I believe that taking yourself too seriously is a recipe for a lifetime of unhappiness, so sit back, be silly, and enjoy!


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