House parties can be extremely fun. You’re throwing a party on your own turf, with your own rules, but it’s never that simple. There’s a lot of responsibility that goes along with throwing your own party. You have a lot of ground to cover in a short amount of time to make sure that the party goes well.
Label the Bathroom
When you’re drunk, anything can be a bathroom. Make sure it’s labeled properly and make sure the trash is empty. Otherwise, you’re asking for a mess.
Buy Toilet Paper
This seems obvious, but make sure it’s visible. The last thing you need is to spend your night unclogging the toilet because some fool decided to flush a handful of paper towels.
Lock the Bedroom Doors
Because drunk people have no boundaries, and when you’re drunk anything can be a bathroom. Save yourself the cleanup.
Hire a Bouncer
I don’t mean a professional bouncer, but someone who will control the party in exchange for free beer. Someone has to be in charge and have the power to kick out an unruly guest.
And I mean everything. Hide everything that can be stolen—DVD’s, posters, pictures, cell phone chargers, etc. Pick up any and all area rugs. They will be ruined by spilt drinks, or worse, vomit.
Clear out the Kitchen
Hide the knives, silverware and towels. Lock your cabinets and put the bottle opener on a leash. People tend to help themselves to whatever they feel they deserve. This is a good way to keep them out of your stuff. Get out the necessities and connect them to something. That way, they won’t be stolen, but they will still be available for use.
Find a Bartender
If you’re kind enough to provide some of the alcohol, having a set bartender can be helpful. It will eliminate alcohol waste if you have someone pouring the drinks. This way, you can also moderate alcohol intake. If someone gets out of control, you’ll know.
Set up a Smoking Area
Put it in the back of the house, away from the street. Set up an ashtray and zone. It will keep people from smoking inside and throwing their cigarette ashes all over your yard.
Alcohol and food go hand in hand. It might make for a larger clean-up at the end of the night. There will probably be crushed chips and pretzels everywhere, but you’d rather do that then clean up vomit.
Buy Plastic Everything
The last thing you want to do is pick up broken glass. It’s dangerous and hard to find.