BIG OR SMALL, plain or fancy, your guests will remember a good party. The reason is very plain--because they had a good time.
To make sure your efforts are worthwhile, here are hints to make yours the party of the year. Bobby Darin who gets around as you can imagine top recording artists might, has many peppy ideas for party fun. So, let's go, gang!
Make it small, Bobby says. There's less wear and tear on you, your budget and the house. Small parties, from four to five couples, are the most fun, according to him. They're his favorite.
Check your guest list to make certain the people you invite go well together. Don't just try to invite the most popular people, Bobby says. Think instead of people who'll make a good party together . . . who'll fit in well with each other and have things to talk about. And don't feel you've got to have as many people as possible to make sure it goes off well. Sometimes a small, informal gathering is your best bet because everybody is more easily included in the fun, and nobody gets lost in a mob scene.
If one of your guests can play an instrument--let him! Group singing at the piano or to a Uke is great fun because everyone participates. Just don't let one Carusa dominate the air-waves. The gang gets a good feeling in doing something together, and they relax and are more natural. And a guitar--well, now that can be a real asset to a party, Bobby believes, especially since he has one.
Whether your party's big or small, have a plan, Bobby feels. Get your party rolling by having some good records to dance to on the turntable. Screen them before hand to make sure they're all danceable, and leave a pile near the record-player.
Have a ready file of game ideas. But don't push, advises Bobby, if the gang says no. Go along with the feelings of the group. No point in cutting off the records just when everyone is dancing to go to a new activity. Feel your way, but be ready with a suggestion if a lull occurs.
Charades get everyone's tongue loosened up. Have your paper and pencil handy. Coffee Pot, the game in which say "coffee pot" instead of naming the activity or verb you are concealing, is another fun game that most everyone knows, and can wake up the quiet ones. Yes, even them!
Buy a party game punch board from the stationery store, about fifteen cents. Just one round of following the instructions each guest punches out in turn, is a good party-opener.
Or try a game of Truth and Consequences. And here's still another - howling fun can start when you divide the gang into two teams and play "Conversation." One team is given a topic to talk about ad lib. You clap hands when you want another member of the same team to take up the lecture where the first one must leave off. All the while, the players try to include a phrase you have cooked up for them to slip into their conversation. The other team gets a chance to guess what it is when time's up. And during each round, one couple stays out to think up the hidden sentence and act as time-keepers.
More, more, more! Everyone likes to get into the act. Beg, borrow or buy several copies of one-act comedy plays and gather the gang for a "reading." Give a book to each couple and read the play off the cuff.
And remember also that listening parties for small groups can provide a part of the evening's entertainment. Have everyone bring an off-beat record and get set for good listening. Now Bobby has something else really important to say. Food is part of the fun. At a small party, try a switcheroo and invite the guests to pitch in.> The notion that teens are always starved at parties has been over-rated. Very often, you and your crowd are too keyed-up to eat. Ever notice that? Platters of magnificent food often go back to the kitchen untouched because the challenge of being a happy guest has just about taken away your guests' appetites.
So just handing around plates of food may not be the answer unless your guests are really relaxed in each others' company. Old friends or new ones will have a big surge in appetite, if you'll let them take part in the fixin's and make it fun, too.
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