It’s the party season, and that’s really all anyone is talking about. Now, everyone loves a party but this time of the year you’re probably going to be flooded with invites.
To choose wisely, you need to know the different kinds of parties you're going to get invited to. If, at any point of time, you feel like you can't attend it all by yourself, you can always drag in your Yaars and let them to coast along with you. Here’s a list, in no particular order. Plan accordingly.
The Sit-Down Dinner
These might sound boring. And they are, most of the time. But if planned well, with good food, great wine and close friends, they can be magical. And the host needn’t do all the work. Make it collaborative with all the guests chipping in.
The Family Gathering
Family, you can love ‘em or hate ‘em but you can’t avoid them. And no matter how much you complain and whine, you’re still going to go. Because they’re family. And you’ll love the gossip and the inebriated uncles handing out unsolicited advice. Enjoy!
This holiday season, you’re probably going to get a call or two from old school buddies you haven’t seen in years. Should you accept the invitation? That depends. It might get awkward and you might feel like you don’t have anything in common anymore, but it’s also a great opportunity to mend lost connections, and catch up with long-lost friends.
The Less-You-Know-The-Better Party
You’re going to end up at one of these parties, completely unplanned, usually a last-minute call from a friend with ‘connections’. You don’t know anyone there, and you could look at it as a bad thing, or you could look at it as an opportunity to meet some cool new friends.
The Reliving-The-Glory-Days Party
Did your crew have a favourite bar you had some massive nights-out at? Where the myths and legends and the possibilities overpower the fact that it’s now quite rundown and nobody cool goes there anymore? You’re definitely getting an invite to hang at one of these spots this party season.
Games are fun, drinking games are even better. Until that is, some sore loser decides that winning is more important than having fun. Drunken Charades has been known to break up the closest couples, and lifelong friendships have been destroyed over Monopoly. Scan the guestlist, and think carefully before you RSVP.
The (Pseudo) Intellectual Party
Another one where the success of the party depends solely on the guest-list and how well you get along with them. This is the kind of party where you sit around getting progressively drunker as the conversations flow from multiple personalities and multiple universes to time-travel, philosophy and everything in between.
The “Restricted Access” Party
There will be an opportunity where you score an invitation to an “invitation only” do. There’ll probably be people who know their art and culture, so be prepared with a few conversation starters. Minimal food with lots of great drinks, so plan a dinner halt on the way home.
The “Never-Ending” Party
One of those parties. The music flows just right. The food is adequate. You don’t run out of alcohol either. And the company is great. Nobody wants to leave. Nobody has somewhere else to be. The perfect storm. You find yourself getting home way past sunrise, and you don't care. You wish every party could be as awesome as this one.
All parties have the potential to be fun, so picking which to attend, which friends to take along and which to skip is more of an art than a precise science. So go with your gut, and with your gang, enjoy yourselves with a glass of McDowells No 1, and of course, party responsibly this festive season!
Article By: Viren Fernandes
Viren writes for food, beer and his own amusement. His interests include reading, travelling and envisioning himself as the director (and the audience) of a comedy based on everything he sees.
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