HOW TO THROW A PROPER HOUSE PARTY
Party season is here (it’s always here) and it’s an entertainment war-zone out there, particularly during the holiday season. A Mag’s editorial director Ramsay Short shares his thoughts on how to throw a house party people will actually want to remember. Don’t worry, if it’s that great, they probably won’t.
“I’ve thrown a few house parties. I’ve been to many more – in this job you get a lot of invites, especially when December rolls around. Some are good, more are bad and many are atrocious. Don’t commit social suicide. Follow my essential tips and your party will rock. You can thank me later. You’re welcome.”
The right mix is crucial. Some are important, fam0us, clever and at least one person who’s totally mad. A conjurer, an acrobat too. All ages are good, and never invite exes.
Always send hard copies and never stipulate a leaving time unless it says 5 am. And no save the date emails.
Cram in as many people as you can, have them spilling out the door – jealous neighbours equals good party.
No lamps, plenty of candles. They make everyone look great, and you feel as if you can be naughty and mischievous.
Forbid guests from posting pictures during the party. Use a Polaroid instead. More fun, more exclusive, cooler.
Hire a good DJ. Disco is better than pop or RnB, no music with a beat until after the food is cleared.
Organise the coats. Don’t let anyone struggle to find theirs in a random pile – there’s nothing more annoying.
Always serve champagne. Have vodka, gin and one good cocktail on offer – an Aperol Spritz is always good to get the party going. Don’t get drunk till after midnight – by that time it doesn’t matter anymore.
Work the room. Don’t speak to anyone for too long. Fake an emergency to move on – as host you’re always allowed an emergency.
Well, that’s pretty much it – for now. Don’t hesitate to tag us if you want to brag about your party – or thank Ramsey.
Lea is in a Balenciaga dress, with boots by Casadei and Cartier jewellery. André wears Emilio Pucci.