It’s that time again ladies! Time for some GuyTalk, courtesy of our every popular man-blogger Will Wilson from Major Onions. This month, to close out our entertaining theme with a party, Will is tackling the topic of throwing a summer bash that both sexes can enjoy! Yes, you can in fact throw a festive outdoor event at home that girls and guys will love equally, you just need to keep in mind some key guy-facts. Will, break it down for us…
With August approaching, the summer event slowdown is right around the corner. And when concert season winds down and all the street festivals run a little thin, people will start turning to house parties for fun (and to put a little ease on the bank account).
Now while guys are usually the ones to sacrifice their house and their “tidiness” in order to throw a party, none are opposed to shaking things up a bit and letting the ladies host a little get together. But when throwing a party, remember; this isn’t you and your girlfriends on wine night watching The Bachelor! You’ve got to keep us guys engaged.
So in the interest of ‘bringing all the boys to your yard,’ here are a few tips to get you started on hosting your own “guy-friendly” summer party:
Men need munchies
Even if you’re preparing a big dinner or meal later on, it’s important to keep a few simple snacks handy to keep the wolves at bay. Giving them a little something to nosh on will keep any hangry moments from occurring and limiting the amount of time they’ll spend rummaging around your refrigerator and cabinets. Plus, even something as simple as pretzels or tortilla chips will keep the people from getting too boozed up.
Share the speakers
I know, I know. You probably have a killer playlist. But no matter how perfectly the transition between Lorde and Lana Del Rey may line up, inevitably somebody’s going to ask to put on “this really awesome new song” and you’ll have to abide. Or at the very least, have some guy-friendly music loaded onto whatever music device you’re using for easy access. Just keep in mind, as much as you want to groove to ‘Yonce, every guy party needs a Jay-Z, too.
Embrace (alcoholic) diversity
Fancy dinner party or backyard BBQ, you can’t rely on your traditional vodka, wine, and champagne stock for a party. Even if you specifically state BYOB, it’s common courtesy to provide at least some cheap beer. Trust me, not only do guys traditionally not drink any of the aforementioned girly drinks in a party scenario, but you also don’t want a bunch of vodka drunk dudes stomping around your house.
Invite at least one single friend
99% of the time, every group of guys will have at least one single friend with them. Probably more, because we’re animals. Even if the girl to guy ratio is on and balanced, if you and all your friends have boyfriends, there’s a good probability someone is getting bored and ditching out early — or bringing over some unwanted, uninvited female company.
Bros like patios
Fresh air does the body good.