Social Circle Game: Fourth Apartment Party

Tonight I’m hosting another party at my place. It is the fourth one I’ve had this year. As I mentioned earlier, this is part of my overall strategy to become the hub of my social network. Right now I plan on having at least one party each month, if not two. Hosting the parties has become easier as each one goes by. The structure has remained the same, 3 hours of hanging out (drinking, beer pong, pizza, etc.) and then the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is ordered on PPV at 10 p.m. and that lasts until at least 1 a.m. Sometimes people stay all the way until 3 a.m.

Next month I’m planning on having two parties. The first will be in celebration of my 26th birthday. It will be the first party that deviates from the above setup and will just be straight hanging out, no UFC. If it goes as planned I will begin having both UFC and non-UFC parties each month.

I owe a lot to Facebook for making organizing events a simple process. This would be way more difficult without it. The benefit of Facebook is that not only can you invite people to events that are members of Facebook, but you can also send out invites to people by e-mail address that aren’t.

The last party had 14 people total, 7 girls and 7 guys. This time around I’m expecting about 10 people. Sadly, the flake rate is always extremely high and I’m attempting to come up with solutions. I normally organize the event a month in advance, send out a reminder through Facebook one week prior to the party, and then a text message to all who confirmed on Facebook they were attending the day of. Most people flake several hours before the party. I have always found that very rude and I cannot imagine doing that to someone unless there was a real emergency of some kind.

Lastly, I have been trying to diversify who I invite. The bulk of those that attend I know from law school and the remainder come from undergraduate and high school. I am heavily involved in jujutsu, tae kwon do, improv, and flying and am now in the process of attempting to diversify the attendance by inviting people from those hobbies.

I will give an update tomorrow afternoon on the results of the party.



October 2, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Hey, this sounds like a good idea.

Wish you luck, and congrats on the success so far.