My housemates believe that at John Carroll there is “one excellent party to every six parties.” In the last three years, I’ve been to parties that look like a World War I trench; kitchens where confessions and secrets are shared, and saunas (I mean basements) which have been anywhere between wet, sticky and completely gross.
However, it is not hard to have a good time. Through this examination of parties, I hope you, the reader, will feel more comfortable with hosting an excellent party.
Whether you are on the front lines of Warrensville, or on the quiet side around it, your house will be rocking it next semester if you take note below.
Some of the best parties are low-key yet high power, which are intimate and focus on the individual. The Jeff House located northwest of John Carroll features such prowess of a relaxing yet wild evening. You never know who will show up at “the Jeff House.”
Time simply seems to stop. This borderline trap house makes one realize that hanging out with friends is a key to a good time. “The Taj” and “the Hut” are households that also focus on the low-key/high power mantra.
Some of the worst parties I’ve attended (no names, please) involve a disinterest in the party guests and absolutely no attention to detail or cleanliness. If you are out of toilet paper and don’t clean your dishes, you shouldn’t invite your mother over let alone a horde of freshmen. These houses become notorious and are later ignored by the potential party guests.
There are many elements that correlate with the success of a party. Population control is a must have if your party is going to see a lot of visitors. If your parties try to pack people inside like cows in a slaughterhouse, think otherwise. You’re hosting a party, not a rendition of “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair.
Try to provide enough refreshments for the amount of guests you will host. Sadly, you might not be able to budget snacks for your guests. Parties like “Colony Fest” made it a priority to serve pizza and cookies, which was a blessing to the visitors they received.
Your party’s music is a rock: it can either build a foundation of hot tunes or can sink your party like a corpse on the set of CSI: Miami. Not everyone will be happy with the music you play, but try to incorporate diversity in the playlist. Remember, there are a few genres that are off limits. No one wants to hear your Australian ambient music (well, I would). Don’t advertise that you are having a DJ at your party unless there truly is a DJ. People will be upset if it’s your one friend from high school fiddling with an auxilary cord in the back of the basement.
One feature that my household prides itself on is decoration and theme. “The CTP House” (located west of Warrensville) and “Graham’s Basement” prefers theme parties, which gives a fun challenge to guests. The theme doesn’t need to be strongly enforced, but gives your party an advantage. Streamers and tissue paper can go along way to turn your basement to a scene from the film ‘Taken’ to a selfie-filled heaven of uniqueness.
A random guest at a party I held in January recently cited the party as “one of the best of the semester.” These high laudations are within everyone’s reach. Just try your best and you can create a memorable night for the world.