Social Circle Game: Second Party of October

On Saturday I threw my second party of the month. Earlier this month I had my 26th Birthday Party celebration and this past Saturday I threw another UFC party. I basically have a UFC party every month, and the plan is to throw myself a birthday party every year and three “regular” house parties throughout the year and possibly other special events parties for holidays, etc. I also have a wide range of other events that I plan on throwing throughout the year. The next one up is a wings night taking place early in November followed by another UFC party mid-November.

What I Did New This Time

  • Shot Glass Checkers: I purchased plastic cheap plastic shot glasses (about 200) from a party store. Each side’s shot glasses were filled with a different flavor malt beverage (e.g., Mike’s Hard Lemonade). When you jump the other player’s piece, they need to drink that shot. If you queen (or is it king?) you then place one of the previously used shot glasses under the one that became a queen to distinguish that piece from the others. The loser has to drink all the remaining shots on the board.

  • Apples to Apples: This is a board game that one of the guests brought that I turned into a drinking game and have since purchased my own copy of the game to have at future parties. Each player is dealt seven "red apple" cards; on each is printed a noun or noun phrase (such as "Madonna", "Canada", "The Spanish Inquisition", etc.). The judge (a chosen player) draws a "green apple" card on which is printed an adjective ("scary", "frightening", "patriotic", etc.), and places it face-up on the table. From amongst their red-apple cards, each player (except the judge) chooses a card that they think is the best match for the green apple card, and places it face-down. The judge shuffles the red apple cards, reads them (often aloud), and decides which noun is the best match for the adjective. The player who submitted that red apple card wins the round, and takes the green apple card to signify the win. All players then draw red cards until they have seven again, and the role of "judge" may pass to another person (generally going to the next player in line, though some rules have the round's winner becoming "judge"). Basically what I did was to have whoever won the round take a shot. It became very fun very quickly.

  • Poker: At the suggestion of one the frequent guests to my parties, I purchased a poker set so guests can play poker w/ casino like chips if they like.

  • Signs: I placed signs around the apartment to make life slightly easier for the guests, displaying where the recycling garbage should go (cans and bottles) and where the regular garbage was.

  • Clean Up: I always clean the entire apartment before each party and immediately following each party. I now have an iRobot Roomba which is an automated vacuum that will clean the apartment for me. I have it automatically clean the apartment (floors and carpeting) Monday – Thursday and now I set it to clean immediately after the party while I work on putting away other things, etc.

Things I realized & Future Ideas

  • Bar Stools: I realized that while I can fit between 20-25 people in my apartment for a regular party, I am much more limited for the UFC parties because people would like to watch the fights on the TV and there isn’t enough room w/ all the chairs out. If I use Foldable Bar Stools, guests who sit on those stools will then be sitting higher than those in the regular fold out chairs and will be able to still see the screen, thus accommodating up to 15 guests who can all watch the fights.

  • Shot Raffle: I have decided to try a shot raffle during the next party. That means that I will have some kind of bowl, glass, bin, jar, etc. where everyone can place a paper with their name on it and every thirty minutes I will pull out a name and they have to do a shot. It seems like an easy way to keep the alcohol flowing freely.

  • Door Sign: I am still having issues with people paying the $5 admission. Everyone but two paid this last time. The parties are expensive to host and I really would like to have everyone pay without bringing it up to them, it just makes it awkward when I have to do that. I am planning on putting a sign on the door right below the door bell explaining that admission is 5 and a six pack of beer per person and that the fee jar is on the first end table in the living room.

  • An Efficient Guest List System: I have been organizing spread sheets for each type of event and keep track of who comes, who misbehaves when they do come, who says they are coming and then flakes, and who just does not respond to invites or expresses no interest in attending. This will allow me to better focus my invites on people I know are really interested in attending and will actually attend.


It is very interesting that with every party and event I host I learn new things from and come up with ideas to improve the experience for both the guests and myself as host.



October 30, 2008 at 11:54 PM

I'm not sure about your "raffle" idea because anytime anyone wants to have a shot then they just ask and get one. Most of the time I have seen a problem in the flow of things are those who just don't to drink anymore such as those that have to drive even though they are not leaving for another 4 - 5 hours. Since your raffle said that the person wanting a shot would put their name in, it would exclude those that don't want to drink, what might work is to put everyone's name in it. But then again you can't force anyone to drink, and then their are those who can't hold there liquor at all and fall asleep hugging pillows all night :P

Oh BTW congrats on yet another cool party.