Now that the weather is warmer, it’s time for everyone to come out of hibernation and mingle! Party season is upon us and whether you’re hosting or attending, there are some party dos and don’ts you should be aware of. Last month we went over some tips for hosting a party in the common area of your apartment community, so if you’re planning a shindig, take a peek for some inspiration. If you’re planning on hosting a soiree this spring, whether in your apartment or the common space, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Know your neighbors
Do you live in a building with a younger crowd that may not mind a little party? Or, is the company a bit more mixed? Either way, know what you can and can’t do to make sure you’ll keep your neighbors happy. In addition, consider inviting them to your bash! You could make great connections with those that are closest to you – a bonus for any out-of-towners looking to build a community.
Keep it chill
Out of respect for everyone in the building, make sure your partygoers know that it’s not a rager. Keep your music lower and if anyone gets out of hand, address it right away. Obviously, you can’t ask everyone to whisper but be clear about your expectations from the beginning when you invite people.
Don’t ignore complaints
If anyone makes a complaint about your party, address it immediately. Most of the time people have a valid reason if they take the energy to complain (though there are some cranky people who just do it for fun). Maybe they have a new baby or have an early shift – whatever the issue, listen to them respectfully and work to make it better. Next time you throw a party, you’ll have them on your side if you make them feel heard and respected.
So, maybe you don’t have the energy to throw a party this spring, but that doesn’t absolve you from party dos and don’ts. If your inbox is filling up with party invites, then take a refresher on what being a good party guest looks like.
Don’t show up the second the party is “supposed” to start. Your host is probably running around finishing last-minute things and doesn’t actually want you to roll in at 7 p.m. If you are always on time, simply wait 15 minutes before ringing the bell – grab a drink, talk a walk around the block, or just sit somewhere on your phone. The only exception to this is if you’re attending a dinner party. You should be on time for that.
Don’t spend your entire night hanging around people you know. There’s surely a face or two you’ve never seen before, so break the ice and start a conversation. Who knows if a new friend or love interest is right in front of your face?
Ask what you can bring to the party but don’t bring something super complicated to make or assemble. The last thing your host wants to do is spare oven space to heat up your dish. Keep it simple and delicious and easy to add to the party.
Don’t ghost. Even if the night gets away from you and you have to get going, be polite and say goodbye. Also, don’t forget to thank your host for the invite!
Remembering your manners and making a plan is really what it boils down to when it comes to party dos and don’ts. If you’re looking for a new place to host your next gathering, contact us today! We have apartments in one of the hottest NY neighborhoods waiting for you to call one home.