Whether you have just moved into a new home, have a birthday coming up or want to celebrate a friend's milestone or accomplishment, a party is the universal way to say thanks, show appreciation, or congratulate someone on a job well done. Since the dawn of time, human social gatherings have more or less revolved around the same basic principles, but the situations and circumstances justifying these gatherings have changed in many ways. Before you decide to have a party or begin planning all the details, it is important to take into consideration a variety of factors. In the following article, we'll help outline what you should consider when hosting a party in order to ensure it goes smoothly.
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Consider the Noise
Especially if you have just moved into a new neighborhood, be sure that you make accommodations to ensure that the noise level is kept under control. The more people you have at a party, the greater the chance of the noise carrying throughout the neighborhood. If you are in an apartment complex, then the issue becomes even more important. Most cities have regulations on noise levels in residential neighborhoods, so be sure to check with local authorities first if you plan on having a lot of loud people, music, and anything else that can cause noise. Most noise ordinances kick in at 10 PM and last until 6 AM, so any party that covers this time period will be subject to potential complaints if it is too noisy.
Who will be at your party? When serving alcohol, you must know up front who will be there in order to ensure you are not breaking any laws. Depending on your jurisdiction, you are not allowed to serve anyone under the age of 21 with any alcohol. While you can certainly choose to have individuals above and below the minimum age at your party if it has alcohol, you will need to find a way to ensure that no one underage is able to drink while there. When hosting parties with younger people in particular, this may prove to be more difficult. As such, this may put you in a difficult position with respect to who you can and cannot invite, or how you want to plan the party as a whole.
Once the party's over, who is going to clean up? The host is likely left on the hook to do so; make sure you have cleanup supplies or some assistance (junk removal in Long Island, for instance, has several results in Google for helping clean up after parties). You'll have food to dispose of, utensils and party decorations to handle, drink cups and a variety of other disposable items that must be taken care of to get the house back to normal. Garbage disposal and junk removal services can be absolutely essential if you are holding a larger party, so be sure to consult with one before you wind up with a home or venue full of trash and no plans on how to get rid of it.