Cooper Waters & Clay Linden
It’s Friday night. You’re at a football game with your crew, its packed and getting increasingly rowdy. Word gets out that your parents are out of town, and everyone is looking to throw down at your place. You freeze as an upperclassman comes up to you and asks something along the lines of “Is it cool if we have some people at your place?” You can’t really say no, so you hesitantly mumble “ uh… I guess so.”
Before you give permission to have your house get trashed by people you don’t know, consider some things.
One of the best things to contemplate before letting the word get out you’re having a party is how you are going to strategize spreading the word. A good thing to do is get the word out as late as possible to the smallest amount of people possible. This will aid in preventing unknown or unwanted people from showing up.
Make sure you have time to prepare your house. If you show up with the rest of the party, Your stuff will get jacked, broken and ruined. Hiding the liquor and locking the bedrooms are essential steps, as bedrooms hold valuables and there are a lot of people who like free alcohol. Also, locking the fridge is always a good move. There is nothing worse than waking up to an empty fridge the morning after.
Now, if you fail at the previous steps, there are ways to put out the fire.
All of these tactics will eventually make you look like a dick on some level. However, some ways are better than others. You can try to divert the party to somewhere else. Say you are going to someone else’s house and then everyone has to leave if you’re going to the other party. If that doesn’t work, you can just lie and say your parents are coming home. No one wants to be there when the parents get home. Perhaps the most effective but most resented way to end the party is to call the cops on yourself. You run the risk of getting a lot of people(and yourself) in trouble, but it will end the party for sure. Of course, that’s a definite last resort.
Parties can be legendary. They can move you up the social ladder, make new friends for you and give you the experiences of a lifetime. They will become the nights you never forget, or the ones you wish you could.