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Strangest Thingsest

My girlfriend and I both really like Halloween and we both really like the Netflix show Stranger Things. So much so that we're throwing a Stranger Things themed Halloween party. Help us do that! (all of the spoilers inside, but if you haven't seen Stranger Things, just go ahead and fix that and come back) [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 29, 2016 - 33 answers

Drumlines...Personalized Gift Bags...Tigers!

Help me throw the best bash ever! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Aug 23, 2016 - 6 answers

Easy summer meals for large groups?

I've invited 14 people to crash with us for a long weekend this summer. Hooray!! I'm super excited, but also terrified at the prospect of feeding all of these people... [more inside]
posted by avocado_of_merriment on Aug 10, 2016 - 32 answers

Ideas for a low-key bachelorette party in Montreal

What fun and non-touristy activities could I help plan for one of my dearest friend's bachelorette party in Montreal? I know she'd like something more on the relaxing end of the spectrum than a typical party, but I'm doing this from California and not able to check things out in person. [more inside]
posted by erratic meatsack on Jul 21, 2016 - 9 answers

Goody Bag Alternatives

Hello! My baby is having a birthday party, and I noticed that most kid birthday parties include goody bag giveaways filled with all kinds of crap. I don't really want to gather a bunch of cheap things, and instead would like to give one nice gift for kids to take home. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Jul 1, 2016 - 45 answers

Should I attend boss's farewell party?

Our account head is leaving our firm for greener pastures. Should I attend his farewell party? [more inside]
posted by mrbeebz on Jun 22, 2016 - 10 answers

Breakfast/Brunch recipes for a slow cooker (device, not person)

Every year around July 4, I host a brunch party. I got one of those triple slow cooker things for a wedding gift almost 5 years ago and haven't used it yet. I would love to use it for this party, somehow. Tell me recipes to utilize this thing. [more inside]
posted by Fig on Jun 8, 2016 - 9 answers

How to be a good (murder mystery) host

We're having a murder mystery party this weekend, and I'm acting as the "host". I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on May 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Beanie Boo Birthday

Crowd-sourcing a Beanie Boo Birthday party for a 2nd grader. What should we do/make/eat? [more inside]
posted by Mrs Roy G Biv on May 16, 2016 - 3 answers

Game Show Party Ideas

I've signed up to host a grown up game show party this weekend, but life got in the way and now I'm a little under-prepared with content. I could use your ideas! [more inside]
posted by schnihtzerfoot on Apr 27, 2016 - 4 answers

Where to get about 40 helium balloons in Cambridge, MA?

I'm running an event on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, and I need about 40 inflated helium balloons in bunches. I'm looking to buy them as close to campus as possible, because balloons are not the easiest thing to transport. The nearest party stores I see are in Boston, but I'm hoping there's somewhere closer. Alternatively, I'd be willing to buy the balloons somewhere else and bring them somewhere near campus to be inflated and stringed, if there's anywhere that offers that service. Thank you for any pointers you can give me!
posted by mekily on Apr 24, 2016 - 9 answers

Is it weird for someone to ask me to change the date of my party?

I have close friends who, when they can't make it to a social occasion I'm planning, invariably ask me to change the date so they can come. I think it's bizarre for them to suggest- either come or not, but I can't reorganize everything for all the other people who have already RSVP'ed yes, for one person. Is this a normal/appropriate/common thing to ask? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Apr 20, 2016 - 56 answers

Creative ways to transform mud for a backyard party

I'm hosting a party at my house but my back yard is a muddy, weedy mess. What are some simple (cheap), temporary solutions to use my back yard for one evening? [more inside]
posted by turtlefu on Apr 19, 2016 - 13 answers

Is it normal to evolve your political ideology with age?

I'm a 24-year old grad student who was raised in a very GOP household. I think I'm moving away from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party ideologically speaking. Is there something wrong with me? Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by aristotlefangirl on Apr 15, 2016 - 52 answers

Please come to the party but DON'T BRING YOUR BOYFRIEND

How do a tactfully request that someone invited to a party does NOT bring their boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by smurfzambo on Feb 11, 2016 - 25 answers

Super Bowl party food, 2016 edition

I'm looking for a recipe for a dish to bring to a Super Bowl party, but there are two complications: It has to relate to either the city in which the game is being played or to one the teams that are playing. In addition, we won't have time to do anything complicated on the day of the game. [more inside]
posted by maurice on Jan 26, 2016 - 31 answers

Large Public NYE Celebration in the USA

I love large, public street parties for New Year's Eve. Where can I find one in the USA? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Dec 23, 2015 - 9 answers

How to make Brussels sprouts as a guest at a dinner party

Help me figure out how to make Brussels sprouts as a guest at a dinner party? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Dec 21, 2015 - 30 answers

Emmet Otter themed party

I'm throwing an Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas viewing party this holiday season, what must have items should I have to get into the spirit of the movie? [more inside]
posted by sweetmarie on Dec 15, 2015 - 13 answers

Seeking drop-in meetup space in NYC

In short: looking for a place where some friends and I can hang out for a few hours midday on a February Saturday in New York City. I have a long layover in New York on my birthday, and I thought it might be a cool chance to see my friends (a handful of close ones, a couple dozen of less close folks I'm fond of). I want to say,"I'll be HERE from 11-2, stop by at any point to say hi!"** Any suggestions for a great place to do this? [more inside]
posted by estlin on Dec 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Holiday Fancy Shoes To Heel My Sole

Stylish ladies of MetaFilter, I am in need of advice. I'll be attending a fancy holiday party in two weeks and I don't know what shoes to pair with this dress. [more inside]
posted by little mouth on Dec 4, 2015 - 9 answers

The spread to rule all spreads

Partying in Germany. Everyone's bringing a spread. I want mine to be the most impressive, delicious one on the table! Bonus points for exotic American-ness. But...I'm not a very good cook. Do you have recipes for me? Caveats below. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Dec 1, 2015 - 20 answers

Help me plan a cracker surprise

Every year I have a small christmas party with friends. I like Christmas Crackers, but find the contents boring, so I generally produce a set of crackers which are a bit more interesting. Help me plan something for this year. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Nov 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Can you have a feminist hen/batchelorette party?

I'm getting married next year, and my friends have started asking me what I'd like to do as a batchelorette party. I'm really conflicted about who to invite because a) I'm a staunch feminist and want the least sexist wedding ever BUT b) I've enjoyed the "female space" at other people's parties AND ALSO c) my brother is in my bridal party, where does he fit in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2015 - 22 answers

Fun, Inexpensive Baby Shower Gift?

Help me think of a not-too-expensive gift (under $50) to take to a friend's baby shower. They have a registry but I'd rather get them something fun that they weren't expecting. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 9, 2015 - 20 answers

How to make a roast be ready when I want it to be?

How to make a roast be ready when I want it to be? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Nov 8, 2015 - 14 answers

Big plate of 'party invite etiquette' beans

Is it polite to invite person A at the last minute to a party (in this case, my darling SO's birthday celebration)? I am feeling somewhat anxious about this occasion already and don't want to offend or exclude anyone. I know this is only a big deal in my own mind, and probably in no-one else's, but it is one of a couple of minor things I am feeling a bit stressed about as the day approaches. [more inside]
posted by Weng on Oct 26, 2015 - 13 answers

Home karaoke set up recommendations?

Looking for recommendations for a home ipad/computer driven karaoke set up! Considering all in one packages (Singtrix) vs. home brew. [more inside]
posted by malphigian on Oct 26, 2015 - 3 answers

Los Angeles Company Holiday Party - You are seriously, my only hope.

We are completely lost for ideas. The last 4 years our non-profit group has held our holiday party at a Thai restaurant, at which, 2 employees couldn't eat because, peanuts. Our budget is around $42 per person (give or take). We are 30 employees. We need a private room. We are located in West L.A. Staff is willing to travel as far south as Culver City-ish. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Oct 19, 2015 - 9 answers

NYC party venue that can accommodate an aerialist and a fire performer?

Asking for a friend: Do you know of a good venue in NYC (preferably Brooklyn!) for a party that will include a screening, two live bands and DJs, aerial silks, a fire performer, and a custom cocktail bar? [more inside]
posted by (Over) Thinking on Oct 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Help My Trans Friends Be Safe At My Show

I've invited my trans friend to see my band play a party, but I am having anxiety about helping her be safe. What's should I do to make my party a safer space for her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2015 - 25 answers

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 - 18 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 - 29 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

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