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Parties are perhaps the one social event which we experience from cradle (and even earlier, thanks to baby showers) to the grave (what? a wake is totally a party). Of course, over the course of our lifetimes, the evolution of parties is pretty dramatic. When we’re little kids, parties are something our parents throw for us; all we need to do is show up and enjoy the sugar rush. Then, when we’re teenagers and on into our college years, parties become something of a wild free-for-all; their purpose is pretty much to get partygoers trashed; the word “party” itself stops being a noun and starts being a verb.
While crazy, hedonistic parties are indeed a glorious and basically essential part of our lives and development, there does tend to come a point when it’s time to step back and learn to appreciate what it means to party like a grown up. The following tips are not only useful for throwing parties, but are also a good guide for attending them as well. Read on to find out how to party in your home like an adult. (Spoiler: It will not result in puking. This is a good thing, though.)