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How to Successfully Throw a Spontaneous Party

Whether celebrating an accomplishment or just having friends over for drinks, these tips will help you put together an impromptu bash without a lot of fuss.


  • Step 1: Invite friends Call or text eight to 20 close friends or invite them using an online social network. Make sure to ask for an RSVP.
  • TIP: When it comes to the guest list, stick with close friends – they're more likely to show up on short notice.
  • Step 2: Give a reason Give a reason for the party, even if it's as simple as celebrating the first day of spring or that you just received a promotion. Happy Tuesday!
  • Step 3: Bake cookies Bake cookies from packaged cookie dough. It's a cheap, easy way to give your party a homemade touch.
  • Step 4: Use prepackaged foods Keep things simple by buying prepackaged foods or frozen snacks, and soda and other beverages.
  • Step 5: Use paper products Use paper plates and napkins and plastic utensils.
  • TIP: You can skip the paper plates and utensils and serve finger foods or snacks that require nothing more than toothpicks.
  • Step 6: Open old champagne Open up that bottle of champagne that has been sitting in the fridge since last New Year's Eve.
  • Step 7: Light candles and play music Dim the lights, light some candles, and hook up your mp3 player with a party playlist to create a warm, inviting atmosphere.
  • FACT: In 2009, the Rolling Stones became the most expensive act to perform for a private party, charging $8 million to play a wedding for one hour.

You Will Need

  • Online social network
  • Packaged cookie dough
  • Prepackaged food
  • Frozen snacks
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Plastic utensils
  • Bottle of champagne
  • Candles
  • mp3 Player
  • Toothpicks (optional)

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