How to Host a Party!

This episode is brought to you by Skillshare,
an online learning community with more than 16,000 classes in design, photography, and more. [♪♩INTRO] [♪♩MUTED PARTY MUSIC] HI! HOW’S IT GOING? GREAT PARTY, RIGHT? In your younger years, throwing a party…
it can be really easy. College-aged party-goers don’t often need
more than cheap beer and loud music. I had sophisticated tastes, I also wanted
some Super Smash Brothers. But as an adult, maybe you would like to step
up your game and throw a soiree that’s memorable for the right reasons. Here are some completely unscientific but
totally handy Party Pro Tips from a party pro. TIP 1: Schedule your shindig! Decide who you’d like to invite, and ask
your friends what time works best for them in the next couple three weeks, maybe? You don’t need to bend over backwards to
make sure that every single person you know can come, that would probably be impossible,
but you can try to accommodate other big events. TIP 2: Maybe let your neighbors know that
you’re having some people over for a get-together, and assure them you’ll try to keep the noise
down if it’s a quiet neighborhood. If you have the kind of neighbors who will
call the cops with a noise complaint, and you’re thinking of going long and going
loud, maybe host the party somewhere else. Talking to cops always ruins parties. It can be real fun to have a party in, like,
some weird space that you actually rent—I know that that costs money, but people will
be kind of excited about it I have found. But if you do use your house, Tip 3: clean
your house. This might seem a little counterintuitive
because probably your house will get a little destroyed while the party is happening but
it’s a nice thing to do, and also, guests will generally behave better if they see that
you care about your home. TIP 4: Plan what kind of beverages you’d
like to serve at your party. Having a mix of beer, wine, hard alcohol,
and some non-alcoholic beverage options usually ensures that there’s something everyone
will like. Even if all your guests are totally down to
booze it up, it’s good to have non-alcoholic options so you can actually, like, hydrate
without getting more drunk. TIP 5: “BYOB” does not stand for “Bring
your own party.” Don’t expect your guests to supply everything
you need for the party, even if you are hoping that they’ll help out with it, though, I
have sometimes ended up with too much beer. Like, I’ll have a lot of beer and a lot
of beer gets brought, and then I’m like—what am I going to do with all of this? It’s a good problem to have. TIP 6: One word: FOOD. Every party needs at least some snacks on
hand, especially if people are going to be drinking alcohol. Snacking also gives people something to do
besides just awkwardly standing around. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a cook,
just… chips and dip. Everybody loves chips and dip, right? I think? TIP 7: Even if you don’t think people will
show up on time, make sure that your party is ready to start on time just in case. You never know when a carload of people are
going to show up at exactly 8 p.m. and you’re just getting out of the shower. TIP 8: Play some upbeat music on a device
that you don’t have to fiddle with. Your record collection might be very cool, but
it’s hard to host a party if you have to keep flipping your vinyl every 20 minutes. If you have one, try setting up your stereo
or Bluetooth speaker with a Spotify or Pandora playlist. TIP 9: As soon as people walk in the door,
show them where to put their shoes and their coat. After your first guests have settled in, it’s
kind of important to give them something to do, especially if they’re the first people
there. This is what I do: I have, like, a signature
cocktail for every party and I don’t make it myself, I get the first guests who arrive
to make the cocktail for me. Gives them something to do, and also I don’t
have to make the cocktail. And finally, TIP 10: If some kind of disaster
strikes, which it may, don’t freak out. Maybe a toilet clogged, maybe the dog threw
up all over the living room. Just chill, laugh, ask your friends to help,
and let the party continue. Sometimes, the best parties are the ones where
everyone has to band together to help fix a problem. Unless the problem is a fire. Evacuate in case of fire. That is… tip number 11. If nobody is on fire, relax. You’re throwing a party. Cheers! Thanks for joining the party! If you have party tips, let us know in the
comments. And if you want to learn more about adulting
with Rachel and me, you can do that at If you want more tips for hosting a party
or just don’t trust my personal party tastes, you should check out some of the tutorials
we found on Skillshare. There are plenty of videos for hosting themed
shindigs, like art parties and printmaking parties, and tutorials for making centerpieces
or party favors. This popular class shows you how to design
hand-lettered invitations. If your seven-layer doesn’t live up to its
hype, at least you had cool invitations. There are dozens of lessons on Skillshare
that will help you throw a memorable party, so go take a look. The first 500 users to click the link in the
description will support this channel AND get a free 2-month trial. Skillshare has over 16,000 classes in design,
photography, and more, making it easy to learn a variety of skills and trades anywhere, anytime. I could even upload my own party-themed tutorial
if I wanted, but I’d rather keep the secrets of my amazing dance moves to myself. But what if I’m talking? Can you hear it when I’m talking? ‘Cause I’m so loud! You can just put the… What’s the thing that limits the low noise? [Off-Camera]
The noise gate. Yeah, noise gate. Everybody loves chips and dip, right? I think? Absolutes are always incorrect. But I do think that—come on! I’ve been to those parties and I’m like: This is not— This is not how it works. Britney Spears. …Those outtakes in movies when they have taken the music back out and everybody’s just like… Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle… [Caitlin]
We’re really good at parties. [LAUGHTER] So good. [Caitlin to Nick]
Can you do a handstand? [Nick]
No. [LAUGHTER] Yeah. Balloon. [Off-Camera]
That was beautiful. [Caitlin]
I feel like we’re in an episode of Saved by the Bell or something [LAUGHTER]

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  1. So the line is drawn when a fire breaks out
    Anything else goes.. sounds like good advice ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ

  2. I'd appreciate a 'how to adult' on 'How to host guests in a small space'. I feel like the art of receiving guests is becoming lost as the middle class generation is cramped into smaller and smaller spaces, that are messier and messier by the day.

    I feel anxious receiving people in my apartment and the room I have is positively huge compared to what I used to have!

  3. Interactive food is always a plus. Also: some kind of theme/reason for the party helps – you don't have to go all out with it, but subtle little details everywhere can really tie a party together…

  4. One thing to add: if you have pets, please consider them. They may, depending on personality, find this sudden invasion really frightening, so give them a safe quiet hideout and check on them intermittently. If they're sociable, then keep an eye out that they do NOT ingest any alcohol or any food that might be dangerous for them – double-check somewhere reputable for a list of what to avoid. Don't let your awesome night turn into hours of misery for your pet or a rush vet visit!

  5. Russian Roulette cupcakes/chocolates/etc was a big hit at Halloween parties. Fill one or a couple cupcakes with hot sauce or hot chopped peppers, pass around in a big group or go in a circle for a small one, or just let someone find that unfortunate treat naturally as time goes on. Make sure everyone knows whatever you made is Russian Roulette though, not everyone can handle spicy.

  6. that link i clicked was irritating,first you need to log in through
    Facebook to make it easy and well the next page is a trial run for 2 free months and A choose money plan how annoying

  7. Here's a good tip: If you plan on allowing people to crash over post party, always always always either have enough sleeping arrangements for people coming from far away, or let them know beforehand whether they need to bring their own stuff or plan for a long ride back. It's pretty douchecanoe-y to invite them and force them to have to make convoluted arrangements on the fly and you will suddenly have a few fewer friends.

  8. If a pool is involved, have a place designated for changing that can be locked. You may also want to have some extra bug spray and sunblock just in case.

  9. Make a place for your pet so they don't escape from the festivities. Nothing ruins a get together like having to turn it into a search party.

  10. in college, everyone used to bring their own things for parties, boozes, food, games and music.
    We would have to plan for a car driver.

  11. College student pot lucks are literally the best, and that doesn't leave one person to spend all the money. Really affordable foods to make are soups and pastas. I try to theme out all my parties, and look for inspiration at the dollar store. Also, if you're at all concerned about not having enough food, stand behind the counter and serve people yourself. It won't come across as rude, and you don't have to worry about that dude Mike taking like three spoonfuls lol.

  12. Even in college I followed all these steps and it was great. Also too much people bringing beer is never a problem. I love how eveyone brings there favorite drink that i get to enjoy long after the party has finished.
    Also board game parties are the best for giving people something to do. And even if people stop playing the games it just turns into a normal party.

  13. If you do potluck style, loosely coordinate who brings what or you'll end up with a lot of the same thing (usually chips or salads). Ask one person to do salads, another to do chips/dip, and someone else to do desert.

  14. Punch is easy to prepare in large quantities and games like Cards Against Humanity or Twister only get more fun with alcohol consumption

  15. As an introvert, I scout the quite corners and have escape plans in case I need them.
    Party at my place, that scares me…

    I need a 'how to be an introvert without being a recluse?'

  16. Love these videos! Super helpful and informative! It would be great if you could make a video about cleaning! Tips to make it more fun, how to fit cleaning into a busy schedule, cleaning "life hacks", all that good stuff would be great to have in one handy and helpful video! Thanks! xo

  17. if your goign to have a really hevily intoxicated party put boxes of sealable gabbies around the room in case it happens … barf that is sometimes you dont know when its gonna happen

  18. if someone brings a video game system make sure that they deserve acknowledgement that they deserve when everyone wants to play super smash bros

  19. What do you do when you invite 40 people and 6 show up? How do I make real friends when my coworkers and acquaintances don't seem to want to hang?

  20. -If you're having an outdoor gathering, have sunscreen and bug spray on hand
    -a lot of people will ask what they can bring. actually tell them something specific so you don't end up with 12 bowls of chips (additionally, if your friend/ family member have a signature dish, it's okay to ask them to bring that, because chances are, they'll be flattered)
    -make sure you have enough ice to fill all the coolers you'll be using (and enough for drinks, even if you're not using a cooler)
    -make sure you have enough seating for everyone who's coming. if you're having an outdoor party, it's okay to ask people to bring their own chairs
    -for parties with guests of honor, make sure you're in contact with them so you know when they'll be there. don't start the actual festivities (games, activities, cake, etc.) until they get there

  21. Hey hank could you make a video about how to take care of yourself when you get sick? Cos when I get sick it's terrible I could really use some advice!

  22. What if your place is too small for a party? Oh well. You don't need a party anyway.
    Everyone, please watch my tiny nature videos. There is no talking in them. It is hard to find quiet places to record. Shhh!

  23. What about Adulting tips for trans people. Like for example I am a trans man and find it difficult to find housing and jobs etc

  24. Great tips! By the way, in one of our videos we also mentioned essential elements for a good party. Take a look! ; )

  25. Thanks for pointing out the coats/shoes thing โ€“ that didn't even cross my mind! (I live in university halls so I'm going to have to come up with something ๐Ÿ˜…)

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