Help me host my first ever proper, grown-up party!
August 15, 2010 10:51 PM Subscribe
I want to host a tasteful grown-up party. I have never done this before...
posted by JoannaC to grab bag (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have been working at a summer contract job which will be ending this week, and there are some people I want to keep in touch with once the job is over. I have been floating around the idea of having a celebratory 'yay, we're done!' type of party and people seem interested. So...what now? I can comfortably host about 10 of them and provide snacks and drinks. But beyond that, I am not really sure what we will do. Some points to keep in mind:
- All of these people know each other through the job; a handful have has this same job with me in previous years and know me better. A few others I only met this year.
- There will be at least two under-age people at the party. Does this mean I cannot have alcohol there at all? The two people in question (one of them was my assistant) are trustworthy and one does not drink at all for religious reasons. Does their mere presence mean alcohol is not allowed?
- I live in a very trendy area with many bars and restaurants. I feel like at some point it may be best to move the group to an outside location for entertainment purposes, but at the same time I feel like part of 'having a party' involves entertaining them. I may be wrong about this. So, is it 'drinks and snacks and then we go out' or is it 'drinks and snacks and then there is some sort of entertainment I must provide'?
- If it is 'some sort of entertainment I must provide' then what exactly will that entertainment be? Except for the two under-age people, these are all working professionals (most of them in education, this is a summer camp job) or college students. We are (in nearly every case) past the 'drinking for entertainment' phase. I am looking for more information about what grown-up people do at these sorts of things.
- People will require directions/address to my house, and I do not have email addresses for everyone (I will be collecting such info at the party, if I want it---I do want to keep in touch!) so would it be terribly geeky of me to print up an actual, paper invitation?
Any other comments or suggestions welcome. The short version is, I want to have a nice little grown-up party but I have no idea what to actually do at one :) Thanks in advance.