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What do you want to happen at a party?

Asked by wundayatta (58663points) December 21st, 2009

There are a lot of parties out there, and they seem to have different goals. At some the goal seems to be to get really drunk, although I’m not sure what happens when you are drunk like that. Inhibitions may go away, but does silliness ensue? Where is the fun?

People often complain about cocktail parties. Boring. You have to talk to people you don’t know and would never talk to if you have a choice. You also have to be a social butterfly, or perhaps you can snag one interesting person and spend the evening talking to them.

There are dinner parties and late night parties. Each has their own pleasures. For me, a party is about making connections—about talking and getting to know people. What do you want from a party?

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Ivan's avatar

It to end.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

If I’m hosting the party I want people to interact and have a pleasant time without having too many awkward moments. If I’m attending a party I want delicious food, tasty liquor, and a few people I’m close with to attend so I’m not in a room full of people I’ve never met.

azlotto's avatar

Food, beer, and get some.

Allie's avatar

The parties I go to are really laid back. Usually it’s about ten or so close friends – the people in my group I guess you could say, the people I hang out with the most. We’re all really good friends and comfortable around each other so usually it’s just drinking, talking, and joking. Sometimes we’ll play a drinking game, other times we just sit around a little bonfire or something. It’s always low key and relaxing.
The goal isn’t to get drunk or screw someone. It’s just to have a good time and hang out with friends.

JustPlainBarb's avatar

The best part about a party for me is to see everyone interacting and enjoying themselves… no wallflowers, no big spotlight hoggers .. just a lot of people enjoying each other’s company… no one left out.

Haleth's avatar

A lot of people don’t like going to parties or feel obligated to show up, especially if it’s a formal event or if they don’t know many people there. My goal if I’m having a party is for everyone to feel comfortable and enjoy themselves. I’d want some fun activities to get people talking, and good food and drink but not in excess. If I’m going to a party, I want the same thing to happen- to feel comfortable and welcome, to talk to people and maybe make some new friends.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

The parties I love best are when people are expected to relax. I like sit down dinners where people can talk, eat, play board games, snack again.

Polly_Math's avatar

That I leave with two beautiful women.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

As little as possible. I dislike parties. At mandatory social functions, I work my way down the recieving line, shake hands with the host/hostess and then head out the back door, making the excuse of “inspecting the latrine”. Whenever possible I decline all invitations; as a consequence of this I now recieve but few, again most are declined. At charitable functions I will often buy a table but make it clear that I will not be attending. This allows the charity to resell the tickets to their greater gain.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

I would like to see the Democratic Party meet the Republican party and just… neutralize each other.

Perhaps this wasn’t the answer you were looking for, but inspired this hope in me.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@Polly_Math, how about if I arrange things so that one of them is my ex?

SABOTEUR's avatar

To eat, drink and be merry.

strange1's avatar

it used to be just sex,sex,sex, but of course as ive grown up, i like to move around from kitchen to dance to outside, get a bit drunk and interact.

YARNLADY's avatar

My favorite parties include nutritious snack food, some good wine and a lot of people who love to talk. I prefer to sit in comfortable chairs through most of the time.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@strange1, yeah, I agree: Sex, sex, have a snack and a nap, sex, sex. And by “sex” I mean, of course, “talk about sex”. It’s time for my nap.

ninjacolin's avatar

i expect to hear good music choices, a cool atmosphere and i expect to laugh and forget about my stresses. i like mingling. good food is next on the list if i can’t have those.

Darwin's avatar

To eat a bit, drink a little, and exchange tall tales, all while ensconced in a comfortable chair.

Silhouette's avatar

Good music, big fire, lots of laughs and a little nekked pole vaulting never hurt anyone.

Aethelwine's avatar

I love bonfire parties. Being outside is comforting to me. I’m not much of a party person, but I do enjoy small get-togethers that involve good food, games and music that is not played too loudly. you need to be able to hear the people you are speaking to

Aster's avatar

Lots of places to sit down. LOL And good food that everyone brings with music in the background . Everyone’s in super casual dress (jeans or shorts) . Wine, beer and bourbon. Vodka, rum and tequila. But the few parties I go to now are all married people. So the atmosphere is totally different from parties of the past.

Paradox1's avatar

Eat, drink (if you choose), and be merry – come as you are.

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