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Mixed company: adults + babies

I'm going to be throwing a party soon & many of my friends have babies or toddlers. What can I have on hand to entertain babies and toddlers? [more inside]
posted by CMcG on Oct 3, 2015 - 19 answers

Looking for a fun birthday experience with end product

Recently, a friend celebrated her birthday with a "learning to Batik" party. We all went to a Batik shop, created a design, Batik'd that design onto a product of our choosing, and then had lunch together. I really enjoyed that we got to learn something new to all of us, were all working on the same type of thing but out own separate versions, and there was an end product for each person. I'd like to something similar to celebrate my birthday and would love more Maker/geeky-esque ideas. Any suggestions for what the skill/end product could be? More specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by wiskunde on Oct 3, 2015 - 15 answers

Vampires are not invited.

There are many, many varieties of garlic available at my local farmers’ market. I decided to throw a garlic-tasting party. The general idea is to pick the best-tasting garlic variety(ies) to plant in my back yard this fall. I need your ideas on what to cook. [more inside]
posted by Dotty on Sep 30, 2015 - 17 answers

Cool/Interactive/Fun/Artsy Activities for a Professionally-Thrown Party

Have you ever been to an event that had something really fun and cool, that got you to whip out your phone and take a photo, that made you go "wait, this is free?" An example from a party I've been to recently is having screen printers make t-shirts and tote bags for attendees from designs they chose right there in front of them. More examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Sep 25, 2015 - 24 answers

Suggestions for making a "Back to the Future"-themed party awesome?

What can I add to a themed Back to the Future party to make it awesome? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on Sep 17, 2015 - 28 answers

Tips/ideas for low-stress long open house & park party to celebrate baby

Hi! Mrs ManInSuit and I are planning a party to mark the arrival of little six-month-old BabyInSuit. The plan is for an all-day causal open house, with a trip to the park. Looking for tips on how to make this fun and nice for the guests, and minimally stressful for us. [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Sep 12, 2015 - 14 answers

Piñata Filler!

I'm looking to fill a couple of pinatas, one for a wedding, one for a group of very outdoorsy people. Some candy is fine, but I want the majority of it to be a little more interesting. No alcohol or condoms. What are your thoughts?
posted by grinagog on Aug 20, 2015 - 28 answers

Throwing a Bachelor Party for a guy you don't know very well?

So my sister is getting married next week, and I'm the Maid of Honor and have been planning her bachelorette party for months. However, her groom -- for various reasons I won't bore you with -- has found no one on his side is going to be throwing him a bachelor party. I'm thinking I may have to swiftly organize a bachelor party or some kind of event for the groom as well, to keep my sister happy and of course for his own enjoyment. Are there any ideas for what to do? [more inside]
posted by Peregrine Pickle on Aug 14, 2015 - 27 answers

Bow out gracefully?

The wife of one of my office' higher ups has a birthday coming up, and a colleague's wife is planning a lavish birthday blast. Can I bow out early without hurting anyone's feelings? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Jul 25, 2015 - 16 answers

Is there any way to rescind this invitation?

I have a milestone birthday coming up and an incredibly lovely friend has taken it upon herself (with my blessing) to invite people to my place for a low key celebration (yay!). Unfortunately, she also accidentally invited a friend of mine whose boyfriend I can't stand. [more inside]
posted by wondrous strange snow on Jul 14, 2015 - 45 answers

Partying with ex-in-laws, sans the ex

I'm planning a #MEDIA-themed party. Some of my current siblings-in-law would totally dig this and it would be fun to have them there - we're all on good terms. However, I absolutely do not want my almost-ex (divorce proceedings underway) present. Is there any acceptable way to invite them but not the ex?
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2015 - 27 answers

Little big food

I want your best tried-and-true recipes for BIG versions of snack foods. Supersize me! [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jun 11, 2015 - 11 answers

What's your single best BBQ party trick?

I'm looking for those "Wowza!" gourmet dishes and touches that impress guests, but in the summertime BBQ category. What are your tricks for easily making a BBQ fancy, different or impressive, instead of the same old burgers and dogs?
posted by agregoli on Jun 10, 2015 - 61 answers

Tea for Two

I need your best sparkle magic tea party music! If unicorns had a posh tea party while playing croquet and chatting about the best brand of horn glitter, this is what they would be listening to! [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jun 8, 2015 - 26 answers

Should I request off work to attend a friend's wedding shower?

Last week, I received an invitation to a good friend's couple wedding shower that's happening a week from now. It happens to be on the same day that I work. I just started a new job and the company is short-staffed currently so I feel bad about requesting a day off to go to her shower. I'm reluctant about asking for a day off because I'm afraid that the manager might get mad at me. Plus, I wasn't sure if a week would be too short of a notice. Do you think I should try to request off to go to the shower or do you think it's not a big deal? [more inside]
posted by missybitsy on May 28, 2015 - 17 answers

"Staging" for and hosting an all ages backyard party

My wife and I will be hosting a backyard party soon. I'm putting down fresh mulch this weekend and we're dead heading the spent spring flowers. I've cleaned up the weeds and bastard maple volunteers. What else should we go to be good backyard hosts? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 21, 2015 - 24 answers

Bay Area Casual Party Venue

We're looking for somewhere to host ~60 people with catered food in early August. Nothing too fancy -- think more like a company picnic and less like a full-out gala. Preferably on the Peninsula or in South Bay. [more inside]
posted by tinymegalo on May 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Theme party ideas for an academic department cocktail hour?

I need ideas for party themes for a small, semi-regular academic department's cocktail party. We're talking ~50 people, a mix of students and faculty and staff. But I'm rapidly running out of theme ideas, and having a really hard time finding ideas online that aren't either massively culturally appropriative or sexually suggestive/misogynistic (thanks, frat parties). Please help! [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on May 13, 2015 - 9 answers

Summer Jams—International Edition

It’s getting to be summer, when a young man’s thoughts turn inevitably to aw yiss summer jams. But I’ve been hearing awesome US summer jams for nigh 40 summers now, and I would like exposure to non-US summer jams. I’ve applied my sun block, packed my beach towel, and I want you to take me on a summer jam journey around the world. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 12, 2015 - 13 answers

What party/snack food can we make with Japanese Curry mix?

We are trying to clean out our pantry in advance of a house move, and want to use as much as possible to make snacks for our goodbye-old-house party. One of the things in our pantry is a box of S&B Japanese Curry mix (medium hot). Given that a big pot of curry isn't really a good finger food, what would you suggest we make with it? (For those who are not familiar with this ingredient, it is not a powder, but more like a stew/sauce base.)
posted by matildaben on May 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Joe Vs. The Volcano (ambient soundtrack)

We're throwing a tiki party and I would like to set the mood with some soundscape. Please recommend some online available jungle sounds and beats to set the vibe. [more inside]
posted by blackjack514 on May 6, 2015 - 16 answers


My new favorite way to entertain is what we're affectionately calling cocktail club—a casual drop-in thing with a cocktail of the night and snacks. The cover charge is limes and lemons. Usually 4-6 people are present at any given time. We do it every week, sometimes a couple times a week, and it is the best. I need more ideas for cocktails, foods, and making it THE BEST EVER! [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on May 4, 2015 - 42 answers

RoRo's Big Adventure

Dearest Mefites of the USA, my 21 yo daughter is planning to galavant around your country this Northern Hemisphere summer, and we'd like your input! Any advice/recommendations for things to see, places to go, how to get there, accommodation, etc appreciated. We're yet to book flights, leaving everything pretty much to the last minute. We have friends in San Fran who will likely be her first stop, then after that, all is variable. [more inside]
posted by goshling on May 3, 2015 - 64 answers

How do retirement parties work?

A close relative is retiring this year, and I'm considering throwing a party-- but have absolutely no skills or experience with this type of event (or, really, with party-planning in general). Looking for tips/ ideas/ planning frameworks that will help me put together an awesome retirement bash. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on May 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Chicago bachelor party ideas near Wrigley Field?

I'm planning a bachelor party for ~7 people in Chicago. The main event will be going to a Cub-White Sox game. [more inside]
posted by Herschel on May 1, 2015 - 3 answers

Right to a Schedule of Condition as part of Party Wall Act [UK]

I have received a notice of works with regards the Party Wall Act for some work that will commence soon. I'm fine with it but plan to suggest my neighbour gets a Schedule of Condition written up. What happens if he doesn't? Should I then dispute it, or let it go? [more inside]
posted by Simon_ on Apr 12, 2015 - 1 answer

How can we make our wedding celebration at a bar more...weddingy?

About a month after our small civil family-only wedding ceremony, we're throwing a party at a bar so we can celebrate/get drunk/dance with about 50-60 of our friends. Open bar and our playlist: done and done. We'd like to put some creative, inexpensive touches on this event to make it feel more like a wedding and less like a big birthday party. (Inexpensive is key. We love the idea of a photo booth for example, but they're rather pricey to rent.) I'm hopelessly uncreative. Any ideas?
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Apr 3, 2015 - 29 answers

Perfect Pink Punch

I'm looking for a not-too-sweet, alcoholic punch recipe to serve at an upcoming party. Caveat: must be some shade of pink. [more inside]
posted by turniphead on Mar 29, 2015 - 23 answers

Bachelor party without drinking in North Carolina

Hey, so I'm getting married this October in North Carolina, and I'm wondering what my bachelor party should look like. I can't think of anything to do besides fishing and camping. What are some other fun ideas? Caveat: no drinking. Probably 5-10 people will be on the trip, tops.
posted by oceanjesse on Mar 25, 2015 - 28 answers

Like tie-dye, only not. Party crafting for grown-ups!

Last year for my birthday, my family came over for dinner and cake, and we tie-dyed. It was THE BEST. I'd like to do something similar this year - fun for all ages (4 year old - 60 year old, 8-10 people), easy to do, somewhat quick, doesn't require everyone sitting down at the same time and "doing a craft", not too "lame" for the adults, but not too complex that the 4 1/2 year old can't do it without a little help. Tie-dying was fun for everyone, but I'd don't want to do it two years in a row. I've got two weeks and can get pretty much anything in store or from the internet. Willing to spend a bit of cash. Thanks!
posted by firei on Mar 14, 2015 - 29 answers

Objects and ideas for a color party!

This year I'm throwing a party to celebrate International Color Day (because why not) and the end of winter. I'd love to get ideas for what I can buy/make/acquire to max out the color experience of my apartment and the party. [more inside]
posted by deathmarch to epistemic closure on Mar 13, 2015 - 10 answers

Weird Graphical Toys / Utilities for Mac?

Hi I'm throwing a party and I'd like to project some weird/cool looking stuff. I have an old white Macbook. So along with some obscure Youtube clips I found I'm looking for things like Xaos, or Electric Sheep, or other weird/nifty toys I can fool around for a bit while projecting. Bonus points if I can walk away from the computer and the program keeps doing something fun. Old-skool / Unixy things A++!
posted by beshtya on Mar 9, 2015 - 6 answers

Viking party music?

I'm helping find music for a Viking-themed party that would be both fitting and fun to dance to. I've got some viking metal, but that is more head-banging than the booty-shaking I am hoping for. What is the Gogol Bordello of viking bands, or the electroswing of viking music?
posted by Pwoink on Mar 3, 2015 - 16 answers

What to drink?

My friends and I would like a drink we haven't tried (i.e. not a screwdriver or other widely consumed drink). We're none of us big drinkers so we each contributed stuff that's been hanging around in a cupboard unused. Here's a list of what we gathered: [more inside]
posted by Ik ben afgesneden on Feb 7, 2015 - 20 answers

40th Birthday Snow Pentathlon!

My wife is going to be turning 40 this month, and in addition to the obligatory good food, friends, and requested viewing party of Man From Snowy River (her favorite movie), I'm hoping to add a fun, mildly competitive event for all attendees: a snow-based pentathlon. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Jan 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Tips for reoccuring, family-style dinner parties?

What are your key tips to throwing a good dinner party? What do you do about that one friend who will. not. stop. eating? What do you think is a good price per head for a group meal? How many people do you think is ideal for a good dinner? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jan 2, 2015 - 37 answers

I don't want to see you but here you are

I just found out that my ex is planning on attending a New Year's Eve party I am going to and it is causing me a lot of stress. Strategies for dealing with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2014 - 17 answers

Punch Recipes, Please!

We're throwing a small holiday party for some friends, and we've promised to have at least two kinds of punch -- one with booze, and one without. But we always make the same sorts of punch over and over again, and I'd love some ideas! [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Dec 22, 2014 - 18 answers

White Elephant gift for work: Something yellow, under $15, can buy today

White Elephant gift for work: Something yellow, under $15, can buy in-person in SF [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Dec 9, 2014 - 24 answers

Sing for your Grog!

We are having a solstice winter holiday open house where I plan to have two kinds of alcoholic beverages. I would like people to sing for their grog! Basically, I'm looking for short sing-able stanzas (spoken word, poetry, limericks, etc., would be totally acceptable) that I will put into a hat for people to select, perform their bit, then fill their cup. Help me fill the hat with good stuff! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Dec 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Christmas-themed office fancy dress

Hit me with your best ideas for a work fancy dress party with the theme 'Christmas Carols'. [more inside]
posted by citands on Dec 1, 2014 - 21 answers

Best pro-tips for managing a five day drink-a-thon

I'm home for the holidays and seeing many friends after years apart. I have five days, each consisting of brunch, lunch and dinner with others, and am looking forward to unimaginable quantities of free alcohol. I am a seasoned (pickled?) drinker that does not normally get hangovers but never have I been on such a social whirlwind with so many opportunities to celebrate. Does anyone have advice for overcoming the potential weaknesses of the flesh to rise to this challenge? Or, how to pace myself when offered so much free deliciousness? Details below [more inside]
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose on Nov 24, 2014 - 24 answers

Playlist halp: happy retro instrumental cocktail night?

Anywhere from Dixieland to Penguin Café Orchestra, via Django Reinhardt and something Latin, what musicians/tracks/albums can you suggest for a 4-hour playlist to make a happy, potentially boppable score to a cocktail party? Would be nice to divide it into intro, main and outro parts - but all suggestions are welcome for a fun, refined, vocal-less (or at least mainly so), non-pop soundtrack to a charming, light-hearted evening. (Bonus points if sourceable via Rdio.) Thanks!
posted by progosk on Nov 15, 2014 - 17 answers

Suggestions for a Minecraft/Amazing World of Gumball dual-themed party?

Myboy’s twin passions are Minecraft and The Amazing World of Gumball. We are throwing him a GumCraft/MineBall 9th birthday party and would love suggestions on decorations, food/treats, beverages, music, party favors, and activities. Either Minecraft or Gumball suggestions would be great, but suggestions that meld the two themes together would simply rock the house. [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Nov 7, 2014 - 2 answers

If you do not arrive before 10pm, you will not party – Boston edition

A group of us will be in town the first weekend in December. Going out in unfamiliar cities is tricky. Where do all the cool queer kids party the first weekend of the month? And by kids I mean 25-45 year olds, 90s hip hop / top 40 /songs with lyrics you probably know loving types, possibly but not necessarily hipsters who hate lining up and don’t love paying cover. Looking for a fun, unpretentious bar to drink and dance, with an approachable crowd. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine on Nov 4, 2014 - 3 answers

I need punny party food

My friends are throwing a party and they want all the food to have a pun associated with it. Can you help me think of some clever names for easy party foods?? [more inside]
posted by CathyG on Nov 2, 2014 - 19 answers

Party Down, Winter Holiday Style

I would like to host a holiday/Christmas party this year, but I have never done it before and I would like some advice on how to do it in such a way that (1) people will attend, (2) people will have a good time, and (3) it is fun for me as a host. Lots of specific questions and info ahead. [more inside]
posted by jeoc on Nov 1, 2014 - 17 answers

Slumber party advice

My daughter is having a slumber party for her birthday. I'm used to (and comfortable with) normal birthday parties: planning lots of fun activities, yummy things to eat and keeping order with bouncing children for a few hours, but I'm worried about having a half dozen 7 & 8 year olds sleeping here. Those of you have done it -- what's your advice? Anything that would help this go well? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Oct 24, 2014 - 17 answers

Give me the best short bursts of horror/VHS/halloween nostalgia you got.

I'm putting together a Halloween marathon party this weekend, with a few horror movies (about evenly split between good and cheesy selections), and lots of video interludes in between that speak to a sense of pre-2000 horror/VHS/halloween nostalgia. I need your help on the interludes. I'm finding it hard to pick the exact vibe I'm looking for, but for examples: [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Oct 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Help us find a bar in NYC for a casual post-wedding soiree!

My husband-to-be and I plan to have a small civil wedding with immediate family in California (where we live), and would like to throw a casual party with drinks and dancing at a bar in Manhattan or Brooklyn so we can celebrate with our friends. [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Oct 23, 2014 - 3 answers

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