Throw A 1-2-3-4-5 Party & Let Your Guests Do The Work

Throw A 1-2-3-4-5 Party & Let Your Guests Do The Work

Sarah Rae Smith
Nov 5, 2009

It can be easy to fret over work that goes into entertaining guests in your home, but why worry, when you can simply throw a 1-2-3-4-5 party. Your guests bring food, fun and hours of entertainment — all you have to do is clean! Here's how...

There can be so much fuss and muss that goes into having a group of people over to your home, that it can not only be taxing mentally, but financially as well. Even though feeding a large group of people doesn't have to be expensive, it does help out if you ask guests to come prepared to help out!

As the invite above shows, you ask your friends to come armed with a simple 1-2-3-4-5 combination of things. They don't all have to be large bulky things, most should be able to fit in a simple bag, making it easy for those who rely on mass transit to get them to the party and back again!

&bull 1 Dish To Share: You can prepare a main dish and include it on the invite so people have an idea what might compliment it nicely, or leave it all totally random.

2 Games To Play: They could be board games, word games, or card games, but a little variety will help keep people entertained and give those who might not have much in common with one another, a middle ground and something to focus on while conversation.

3 Stories To Tell: You can set a theme, such as worst Holiday or College memory, or even your first kiss or car. Or maybe, just a story that your guests wish to share. For bonus points, record your patrons and make holiday gifts of the time you shared.

4 Photos Taken Before ____: Photos from our youth are always a great way to bring a group together quickly. If everyone knows each other, great, if not, play a game of "guess who this is" to get people accquainted.

5 Songs To Hear: Have guests bring 5 songs each and make a quick playlist for the night, send everyone home with a mix tape of the nights events. It can be a great keepsake and ensures everyone hears something they like that night.

All in all numbered or structured parties have great benefits. Everyone pitches in and no one shares a full burden of having to spend hours preparing food or entertainment.

Would you throw a 1-2-3-4-5 party? Tell us why or why not in the comments below!

(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)

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