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Top Five Cover Stories For A Surprise Party

A surprise party is exciting to plan until you’re actually trying to execute and implement it. You’ll find yourself constantly in limbo and trying to come up with stories on how to hide the party from the intended guest of honor without rousing her suspicions.

They say that the hardest part about a surprise party is actually bringing the guest of honor to the venue and that’s honestly and unfortunately true. So many surprise parties have failed ultimately because the guest of honor found out about it from the way everyone is trying to get her to a certain location.

So as not to ruin a surprise party that you painstakingly planned and executed, here are the top five cover stories you can use to avoid suspicions from the celebrant:

A Small Celebration

Sometimes, telling your guest of honor that you have a small celebration planned for her day is the best cover story you can come up with. When the guest of honor already knows there is a small party waiting for her, she won’t anymore try to investigate further nor would she think that it’s actually a party for 100 people in her honor and not an intimate party with her close friends and family.

A Weekly Routine Event

Does the guest of honor have a weekly routine where she goes to a certain restaurant for some drinks with her friends? If she has this routine down pat, use it to celebrate her big day. She wouldn’t even know there’s a party waiting for her there because she’s regularly there anyway. You wouldn’t even need to convince her to visit the restaurant. And if you want to do it in your home, you can use the time she’s away to set up the décor and the food so that when she goes home, everyone’s waiting for her.

A Sob Story

Tell her that you need to talk to her in person because something came up and you need a friend. Make sure you’re good at faking tears and sobs because you need to be really convincing to persuade the guest of honor to drop whatever she’s doing and go to where you want to meet. The guests should arrive 30 minutes before the guest of honor does.

An “I Forgot” Excuse

Invite the guest of honor to go walk in the park or have a picnic. Prepare everything that she expects for a picnic so she doesn’t suspect anything. In the middle of your walk to the park, slap your forehead and tell her you forgot to pick up something from a store. The next thing you know, you’re standing in the middle of the room with you and everyone else yelling “surprise!”

A Celebration for Someone Else

If there is another person whose birthday or anniversary is close to the surprise party date, use that as an excuse to go to where the party is supposed to be. You can tell your partner or mom that someone is getting a work award in a hotel, for example, so you need a date to attend the said event. That will give you an excuse to ask the guest of honor to dress up nicely for her own surprise party.

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Hosting an Easter Egg Decorating Party

Easter Sunday is coming up, which is the culmination of the Holy Week festivity for Christians and the celebration of spring. There’s no better way to celebrate this event than having a traditional Easter egg decorating party.

Having an Easter egg decorating party is a nice way to get everyone together. This is a nice activity to get the kids, adults, family members and friends involved in the event.

Hosting an Easter egg decorating party is easy. All you have to do is follow this simple guide to get the party going.

Below are the steps that will help you prepare your checklist for the occasion:

Send Invitations

Get people interested in your event by sending out invitations. You can use old-fashioned cards, personal emails or the social media to spread the word.

Get the Materials Ready

What you need are several eggs and the dyeing kit.

Start by boiling the eggs first. Simply put the eggs in a pot with just enough water to cover two-thirds of the egg and let it boil. Once the water boils, turn off the stove and leave the eggs there for a few minutes.

This cooking method gives the eggs a moist texture with no green ring around the yolks. After that, let the eggs cool under room temperature.

For the dyeing kit, you can buy them from a dollar store or the supermarket. You can also prepare it all by yourself. We recommend natural food coloring so that you will avoid buying stuff with harmful ingredients.

Easy-to-Make Natural Food Coloring

Here are some ways to color your eggs using natural ingredients that you can easily find at home:

1. Gold

Give your eggs a golden glow by soaking it in a mixture made of turmeric and vinegar. The ratio of the turmeric to the vinegar should be 1:2.

2. Purple

To get a purple color for the shell of the eggs, simply soak them in red wine.

3. Pink or Red

A pink or red shade for the eggs can be achieved by boiling beets, and then put the eggs into the concoction.

4. Lavender

For a lavender color, prepare one cup of grape juice and mix it with one tablespoon of vinegar. Again, sink in your eggs into the mixture.

5. Turquoise

Strange as it may seem, but using red cabbage actually gives the eggs a bluish hue. Just boil the red cabbage with a little water. Next, use the natural dye to color the eggs.

6. Orange

Don’t throw away your onion peelings. You can soak them in water overnight. The resulting mix can be used to give the eggs a tinge of orange.

More Ways to Decorate the Easter Eggs

You can make the Easter eggs more appealing by layering it with other colors. Swipe a paintbrush with another dye into the eggs to give them contrasting colors. You can decorate the eggs with stickers as well.

Spice up the Easter egg decorating party too by adding balloons, decor lights and small custom banners in the venue.

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3 Creative Ways To Invite People Over For An Easter Brunch Party

Easter Sunday is looming which means right after we observe our faith on Maundy Thursday and Black Friday, we can begin getting ready for a traditional Easter brunch party. Are you tasked to host this year’s Easter brunch? Is this your first time? Are you pressured because the past hosts have been excellent at prepping food, decorating their homes, and finding creative ways to invite people to their brunch?

Don’t fret. We’re here to tell you one thing: Easter brunch is all about gathering together to enjoy the end of a long break (for many Christian faithful) and enjoying the food prepared by a gracious and generous host. If your invitees are people who are dear to you and who love you, they won’t mind even if you just serve them deviled eggs. They’re going to love your company, no matter what.

1.Put the Invitations Inside an Easter Egg

If you want to be extra creative in inviting people over for Easter party, you can buy Easter egg containers from your local party supply store. You can then print out invitations from your home printer, roll them up really tiny, and put them inside the Easter eggs. You’ll find these Easter egg containers from party supply and toy stores. They are the same plastic eggs that our kids love to play with. Aside from the invitation, you can fill up the containers with glitters or potpourri or shredded crepe paper. You can be as creative as you want and people will appreciate the energy and effort you put into the invites.

2. Tell It with Easter Bunny Chocolates

Are your invitees sweet-toothed? You can send over chocolate Easter bunnies and stick the invitation with a ribbon to it. This is also a great way to give a present to your friends and families, especially those who won’t likely be able to attend the brunch party. Though they’ll feel bad to miss out on your Easter host duties, they’ll love the idea of still getting a little something from you. If you’re good at baking, you can make bunny cupcakes, too, and put the invitation right smack in the middle of the cake. Imagine just how surprised your guests would be to bite on the cupcake and find an invitation just lounging around in chocolate goodness.

3. Use Social Media

Okay, if you don’t have the time to be creative with your chocolates, cupcakes, and Easter eggs, you can always just make a digital invitation and post it on social media. If you’re wary about other people finding out about your party, make sure the event is private and that no other people can see it except those who have been invited. You can post updates about the party on the page to keep your potential guests abreast about what’s happening. If you’re having a potluck party, the page is also going to be a great venue where everyone can share what they’re bringing so no one brings the same dish. Facebook, of course, is the easiest and most comfortable platform to use for inviting guests.

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5 Tips For Planning A Destination Wedding Party

Everyone wants to have a destination wedding party. It’s the ultimate wedding dream for any bride. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have the resources to hold a wedding party out of town or even overseas. For those who do have the resources, take note of some of these tips for planning a destination wedding party.

Choose a Meaningful Location

Why do you want to get married in Italy or in Florida or in Paris? What special meanings do these places have for you? While many couples are attracted to a place because of what they see on social media, not all of these places should be under consideration. In the future, it would feel good to look at your wedding photos knowing that the place meant something to you and not just because there was a certain influencer on Instagram that also got married there.

Notify Guests in Advance

Your guests have to be prepared to attend your destination wedding so always notify them in advance where it is happening. Even if you are footing the bill, it is respectful to let them know beforehand that they are invited to your wedding. This will enable them to plan ahead and take leave from their work. They can also prepare their outfits, their pets, their families, etc. that they will be gone for a while to attend your party.

Consider Your Guests

Some of your guests will have diet and physical restrictions. Don’t feel bad that your 90-year-old grandfather won’t be able to hike a hill to watch you walk down the aisle. If your guests really matter to you, plan for facilities that will make it easier for them to be present during your big day. Destination weddings are not only expensive because you have to fly everyone there or spend in another currency. They are also expensive because you have to build non-existing facilities for guests who might not be too comfortable with the location of your wedding.

Visit in Advance

If you’re planning your wedding in a particular place, you should definitely see that place in person. Don’t ever trust a wedding planner who says that everything looks perfect. See the location with your own eyes because beauty is very subjective. Brides, in particular, are very detail-oriented and hands-on when it comes to their weddings.

Hire Local Suppliers

If you want to save a bit of your budget, you need to reconsider flying suppliers to your destination wedding. Instead, search for local suppliers who also have glowing positive reviews about their services. You will save on the cost of their accommodation and transportation if they are located where you want the wedding party to be held. Popular wedding destinations will never run out of reputable wedding suppliers. You can also trust that they know more about the place than a wedding supplier from your town or city. They can better plan and source materials for the wedding since they are already well-connected in the local industry.

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How To Throw The Perfect Valentine’s Day Singles Party

For starters, don’t call it a singles party because your guests may not feel comfortable announcing to the whole world that they are unattached and ready to mingle. Just bill it as a regular party where only your unattached friends happen to avoid (because surely, the couples have their own things to do). The next thing you need to determine is your purpose for throwing this party. Are you a happily married gal who just wants to see your single friends mingle with each other and maybe spark a romance? Are you unattached, too, and looking for someone to start a romantic relationship with?

If you think throwing a bash is the answer to end your single-blessedness, then who’s stopping you from hosting a big bash? Oh, the work involved in getting everyone in your place and having the time of their lives? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Make a Favorite Drink in Large Quantities

This is not a Super Bowl party, which means you cannot serve bottles of beers. More than anything else, you want this to be a bit more cultured. No rowdy sports talk or anything like that at all. You then need a signature cocktail drink, one that everyone will love to drink and be merry with. You can check out some of the cocktail recipes online and make one before the party to determine what you want. Make sure to have enough supplies to produce this drink in large quantities so no one will be left wanting.

Don’t Decorate Yourself with Hearts and Red Stuff

Stay away from Valentine’s Day décor. Though it is tempting to fill your space with heart-shaped balloons and red tablecloth with red kiss marks as design, try not to be too cliché. Instead, make your space look and feel happier with brightly-colored décor in the hues of turquoise, tangerine, lime green, yellow, etc. Trust us, this will put people in the mood.

Do the Decorations Yourself

There’s no need to spend on a stylist to decorate your place. There are many places both online and offline where you can get party supplies. Simply hang decors or paste them up on your walls so your apartment will look and feel festive.

Serve the Aphrodisiacs

The romance-inducing ingredients you must have on the table are chocolates, figs, pears, dates, apples, honey, cream, oysters, lobsters, wild mushrooms, and even tortellini. Throw a combination of these and you should all be heading to a romantic night.

Potluck Can Be a Conversation Starter

What would fuel strangers to talk to each other? Food! It’s honestly the great equalizer. Ask people to bring their own dishes to the party so everyone can talk about how good the dessert is or how the appetizers just make them yearn for more.

Eliminate Lounging

Remove loungers and chairs from your space that will encourage people to sit and not mingle. Let them stand on their feet. The longer they stand, the more they need to start a conversation to forget about the pain shooting up their legs. People tend to converse more when they are standing. Also, do not even attempt to open the TV.

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Delegating Tasks When Planning A Party

It’s the month of parties, y’all! That means you’re either hosting a party, being delegated to a task for a party, or attending as a guest (the best one). But hey, there’s really no need to be afraid of throwing Christmas party bashes because your friends and family can help you to a successful hosting of parties. That’s right! Treat this holiday season as an excuse to spend more time with your close friends and family (not that we need an excuse for that but you get the drift). Also, this is a special season where we can bond over gifts, food, and party planning.

But hosting a party means being the leader of the pack, being the one to delegate the tasks to your friends and relatives. How do you do that without offending some sensibilities and making sure they are equipped to handle the tasks handed to them? How can you make sure that everything will flow smoothly without sounding like a bossy boss?

Ask them if they are willing to help

Don’t assume that everyone is willing to help you plan the party. Some just want to attend it and not be part of the planning process. Always ask your friends and family if they want to lend a hand in planning the party and executing it to perfection. Don’t feel bad if some of them don’t have the time or the inclination to help. In any relationship, whether familial, romantic or platonic, honesty will go a long way.

Know their strengths and weaknesses

Once you know who are those willing to help, get to know their strengths and their weaknesses. Are they good with accounting and finances? Are they good in haggling with suppliers? Are they good with crafts and other paper materials? How about a friend who’s into arranging flowers? Or someone who’s into calligraphy? Put their hobbies and skills into good use by delegating the tasks that they are skillful in. You may also ask them to take on the tasks that they feel they’ll do great. Allow them that flexibility and freedom.

Open the communication lines

Once the planning has taken place, make sure that all communication lines are open. Whether it’s through calls or text messages or online chat, always be available for questions and suggestions. Learn to listen to your friends and families regarding the tasks assigned to them. Remember, this isn’t a formal and paid party where you have to be strict with deadlines and such. Treat the planning and executing stages as moments that can bond you better.

Be open to criticisms

If someone had the courage to tell you that there’s something off with what you’re planning, listen with an open heart. These are your friends and family. They want nothing but to have fun during the party, too, and every suggestion matters. Don’t be such a boss because this is an activity that should bring your loved ones together. It shouldn’t be something stressful or awkward.

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Should You Host A Christmas Party In Your Office?


It’s that season again… the wind is chilly and the Christmas trees are all up. Businesses all around the world are trying to capitalize from this season. But there’s another question business owners need to be considering: should we hold a Christmas party for the employees?

For many, parties are a waste of time and resources. The money we pour into parties can go somewhere else, preferably into our pockets or into more investments. There’s nothing like a Christmas party for employees to set you back a few hundreds of dollars. Even thousands, in some estimates. And yet, offices everywhere are planning, executing, and looking forward to the idea of a grand or even simple celebration with co-workers and friends.

Strengthening Interpersonal Relationships

There’s one reason why you should definitely invest in throwing a party for your workers: parties build camaraderie and friendships. Don’t you want to be friends with your workers? Or at least, don’t want your employees to stop bickering and instead be friends with each other? Not tolerant of each other, but actual friends who want the best for the team and ergo, the company.

While we do team building activities all-year-round and we pay for seminars and conferences to build the rapport of the whole team, there’s nothing like Christmas gift giving, dancing, singing, eating, and general merriment to create a bond that will last beyond the walls of your office space.

Even the preparation for the party gives everyone an excuse to talk to each other and mend ties that might have been broken over the year because of work-related stress and issues. Can you imagine what one whole year of working can do to us physically, mentally, and emotionally? Most of us give in to the pressure of handling our personal and professional lives and at some point, we’ll probably snap at an innocent co-worker who simply wants to get things done. Of course, this creates office tension, one that even bosses are sometimes not allowed to interfere into.

Christmas parties are a great chance to mend fences and to reevaluate our relationships with our co-workers. We know that the pressure of the job is the only thing that makes us grumpy and we’re not actually horrible people but still, it would be nice to have a kind of end-of-the-year party where we can relax and bridge the gap brought about by office-related tensions.

So if you own a business, whether large or small, Christmas is a good place to start building a relationship with your new hires, mending fences that have been broken because of work-related problems, and strengthening the camaraderie of the whole team.

Is It Worth It?

Yes, maybe the current economy and the slow return of investment are reasons not to spend a dime on a single party where your workers are going to be too drunk to be functional the next day. Maybe it’s not exactly wise to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on food, music, and other forms of entertainment. But have you read studies on employee behavior? Employees are more productive when they are happy in their workplaces and they are happy in their workplaces when their bosses respect them and give them confidence.

For many, parties are a waste of time and resources. The money we pour into parties can go somewhere else, preferably into our pockets or into more investments. There’s nothing like a Christmas party for employees to set you back a few hundreds of dollars. Even thousands, in some estimates. And yet, offices everywhere are planning, executing, and looking forward to the idea of a grand or even simple celebration with co-workers and friends.

There’s one reason why you should definitely invest in throwing a party for your workers: parties build camaraderie and friendships. Don’t you want to be friends with your workers? Or at least, don’t want your employees to stop bickering and instead be friends with each other? Not tolerant of each other, but actual friends who want the best for the team and ergo, the company.

While we do team building activities all-year-round and we pay for seminars and conferences to build the rapport of the whole team, there’s nothing like Christmas gift giving, dancing, singing, eating, and general merriment to create a bond that will last beyond the walls of your office space.

Even the preparation for the party gives everyone an excuse to talk to each other and mend ties that might have been broken over the year because of work-related stress and issues. Can you imagine what one whole year of working can do to us physically, mentally, and emotionally? Most of us give in to the pressure of handling our personal and professional lives and at some point, we’ll probably snap at an innocent co-worker who simply wants to get things done. Of course, this creates office tension, one that even bosses are sometimes not allowed to interfere into.

Christmas parties are a great chance to mend fences and to reevaluate our relationships with our co-workers. We know that the pressure of the job is the only thing that makes us grumpy and we’re not actually horrible people but still, it would be nice to have a kind of end-of-the-year party where we can relax and bridge the gap brought about by office-related tensions.

So if you own a business, whether large or small, Christmas is a good place to start building a relationship with your new hires, mending fences that have been broken because of work-related problems, and strengthening the camaraderie of the whole team.

Yes, maybe the current economy and the slow return of investment are reasons not to spend a dime on a single party where your workers are going to be too drunk to be functional the next day. Maybe it’s not exactly wise to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on food, music, and other forms of entertainment. But have you read studies on employee behavior? Employees are more productive when they are happy in their workplaces and they are happy in their workplaces when their bosses respect them and give them confidence.

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The Importance of Tablescape In Thanksgiving Dinner

A stunning tablescape could be the centerpiece of everyone’s attention during a dinner party or in a matter of a few days, during the Thanksgiving dinner. Gone are the days when we simply “set the table.”

Now, it’s up to the host or the event stylist or caterer to “design the table,” too. These two concepts are extremely different with the former being more functional and the latter focusing on the artistic quality of every table and party.

The fundamentals behind a great tablescape are simple to understand for they are all focused on making the guests feel more relaxed and creating stunning table centerpieces while they’re at it. A great-looking tablescape can transform a simple dinner into an event. It can make the guests feel more relaxed. It can make them feel more welcome. It can create a festive mood.

What you need to understand about tablescapes is that its principles and fundamental apply on any scale and on any size. They apply from the grandest arenas down to the end tables of a very simple home meal. This includes your holiday dining table.

There are many benefits to including a stunning centerpiece on your dining table. Creating beautiful tablescapes will set the stage for the most memorable evening ever.

Gives Guests Something to Talk About

How do you feel about tablescapes in general? When you attended a wedding and the tablescapes are eye-droppingly gorgeous, don’t they make you want to take loads of photos for the ‘gram?

These tablescapes will give your guests something to talk about—whether the centerpieces are artfully designed or whether the colors are of the exact shade with the rest of the motif or theme. During parties, the hardest thing to do is to entertain guests. But if there’s a gorgeous accent such as the tablescape in your venue that they can talk about, then that’s a great opening topic for everyone.

Remember that when hosting a party, you’re not only being judged for the food you serve but also for how your party looks.

Creates a Festive Atmosphere

There are a lot of things you can do with your tablescape. If you’re imagining the loaded tablescapes we see on Instagram these days, that’s not what you’re aiming for if you want to decorate your house for the Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes, less is more and that is true with tablescapes.

Depending on the season, you can design your tablescapes with what you already have in your pantry. For Thanksgiving, for example, you can create gorgeous flower arrangements made of orange and red flowers (the color of autumn). Besides these arrangements, you can put up mini pumpkins and strands of hay. We don’t think there’s anything more festive than that. Finish this look with the right candelabra and candles and you’re off to a great night.

Remember that choosing candles for your tablescapes should depend also on the theme of your party. Just a simple candle arrangement can change the whole look of the party. All of these elements will work together to create a festive and celebratory mood for everyone to enjoy.

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5 Tips For Hosting An Amazing Thanksgiving Party

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means hoards of people will be gathering together to celebrate the bounty of the season.

To ensure that your Thanksgiving party will be a fabulous one, here are some tips that you can follow:

1. Invite Friends and Family Who Will Get Along Well

It’s ambitious to hope that friends and family who have been quarreling for years will get along and will mend fences during this season, but that is not always possible. The truth is, those who have not spoken to each other for years will not feel obligated to talk again just because of Thanksgiving.

Don’t add stress to your get-together. Invite only those who want to see and mingle with each other.

2. Ask Your Guests About Their Allergies, Sensitivities, and Diet Restrictions

Most of us have friends and family who for ethical reasons and religious backgrounds may be averse to certain foods. They may also have food restrictions because of cultures and faiths. Whatever the reason is, it is best to avoid adding that food to your meal plan. The last thing any host or hostess wants to do is kill someone over their cooking.

As soon as you receive confirmation that the guests will be attending, ask them about any food that may be forbidden. The same goes if kids are attending the party. Make sure that there is food there that’s ideal for kids.

If some of your guests are vegans or vegetarians, simply prepare a number of dishes that will fit everyone.

3. Don’t Try to Do It All Alone

Even if you’re the one hosting the dinner, that doesn’t mean that you have to do everything by yourself. Many hosts end up frustrated because they try to handle every aspect of the celebration.

Ask help from your family and friends by delegating certain tasks to them. They’ll be surely happy to lend a hand and you can even bond as a family or group of friends over the dinner preparation. This way, everything will get done and you won’t finish the night sitting on your kitchen floor and drinking a glass of wine.

4. Keep the Children Occupied

If children are attending, make sure that they have something interesting to do. They’ll easily get bored out of their wits when the adult conversations begin.

What you can do is to create a playroom in a corner where the kids can gather and play. Make sure that the small area is packed with child-friendly activities such as color pens and coloring book, building blocks, puzzles, and many more.

5. Give the Leftovers Away

Ask your guests to bring plastic containers with them so you can give away the leftovers after the dinner unless you want to be burdened with all the food in the fridge and no time to finish them all. Most of the time, these foods just get stale and get thrown away a few days after Thanksgiving. Instead of doing that, divide the leftovers among your guests.

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3 Important Things To Remember During Night Parties

There’s nothing wrong about wanting to party and have a little bit of fun before facing another week of either grueling schoolwork or stressful paperwork. In fact, it is highly recommended that we do activities outside of our daily norms that would help recharge us. However, our world isn’t as safe and secure as it used to be. Evil in many forms lurks in shadows and dark alleyways. They can even reach our homes, at times.

If you ever plan to spend some time out to have fun and dance your worries away, take to heart these three essential reminders during night parties:

1. Keep your phone with you at all times.

Keep your phones with you and not just to take hundreds of selfies and group photos. Keep your phones close so you can ask for help in the event that you will need one. When in a club or a bar or a festival, anything can happen and you will need your phone with you always to either ask for help or call family members and friends to let them know you are safe.

If you suddenly want to go home because the crowd is getting too rowdy or a stranger is getting too close, you know you can call a cab too when you have your phone with you. It’s easier to ask for help when you have the primary mode of communication right inside your pocket or your bag.

2. Never drink and drive.

The statistics are staggering. You only need to search for it on Google and you know that a lot of people have already died because of drinking and driving. Even if you only had one glass of beer or a shot of tequila, you still shouldn’t drink and drive. Even if you think you can manage to react in a flash even with the alcohol in your system, you still shouldn’t try to do it.

There’s nothing wrong with asking a friend or a family member to pick you up after you’ve gone partying. There’s nothing wrong about calling a cab when you have to go home already.

Pay the bill. Ask for favor. But never ever try to drive when you consumed alcoholic beverages.

3. Do not leave your drinks unattended.

Aside from the road, be vigilant when you’re in the bar or the club as well. These people are not your friends (they can be your friends but not for now). These are strangers who may only be thinking about themselves and may have bad intentions when they begin to talk to you.

No matter how charming that guy is or how decent-looking he is, never trust a stranger with your drink. If you have to go to the ladies’ room, bring your drink with you or finish it up before you go, but never leave it and drink it when you go back.

When you’re out there, don’t merely focus on having fun. Focus on getting home safe and in one piece.