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Party games are a great way to bring people together, break the ice or just provide old friends with new tricks. From easy, no-frills fun to entertaining electronics, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite party games to help you keep your soirees lively and spirited this holiday season.
1. White Elephant Gift Exchange
This game makes for great holiday parties – but watch out, because things can get ugly when Marla from Marketing and Bill the mail-guy have it out over that Sex and the City 2 DVD. via Wikipedia

2. Holiday Sticker Stalker
A great game to keep everyone on their toes, but not for the paranoid party-goer. Everyone at the party has 10 holiday stickers and must get rid of the whole sheet by sticking them to the other guests without them noticing. If someone catches you, they can stick one of his/her stickers on you. First one to empty their sticker sheet wins! via Party 411

3. Camera Hot Potato
A fun and quick around-the-table game that provides you with some hilarious pictures your friends will be begging you not to tag. via Party Plan

4. “Smile Shutter” Mode on the Sony Cyber-shot Camera
A great tool for a party host, this particular digital camera function will automatically capture an image only when it detects the subject smiling. You can even prioritize adult or child faces and set the level of smile to ensure a picture will only be taken upon the toothiest of grins. The album you are left with at the end of the night of party guests smiling ear-to-ear is endlessly amusing. Available at

5. Cracker
This is one of those good, unsuspecting games you can play throughout the night, and great way of interrupting Uncle Willy’s endless yammering. via Party Plan

6. Scene It?
An interactive head-to-head battle in which players answer trivia questions about films or pop culture. You can even design your virtual-self to look just like you! Available for the iPhone, iPad, Xbox, Playstation and Wii. Find out more at

7. Electronic Catchphrase
An instant-classic and a riotous good time – especially if incorporated into a drinking game. Luckily Electronic Catchphrase is outfitted with rubber bumpers, because we’ve definitely seen a few whiz by our heads when rounds take a turn for the worse. Available at

8. Who am I?
Pick one name for each person playing and stick that name on each persons back or forehead. Each person gets 20 “yes or no” questions to find out who they are. This game is really funny as each person starts recounting what they know about themselves before asking their next question. via

9. Honey I Love You
This one is totally silly, but any game that tries to crack people up is fun in our book. Also, the sentence “Honey I love you, won’t you give me a smile,” when spoken to somebody you may have just met is exactly the kind of creepy, diabolical ice-breaker that usually brings people together. via University of Illinois

10. Mafia
If you have enough people and the time to play, this one will quickly become a cult favorite amongst your friends – especially if you have a charismatic and animated moderator to keep things original and move things along.

Speaking to the Young People’s Society in Greepoint, Brooklyn, in 1901, Mark Twain advised, “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

Writer’s Block
Speeches that entertain can have a more profound effect on your life than speeches that inform or persuade. That’s because entertaining speeches are delivered at social occasions that give you the opportunity to ingratiate yourself with your audience. This often results in promotions, new employment opportunities, business contacts, and other goodies.

For centuries, speakers have been called upon to “say a few words” at various social events. These include club meetings, dinners, parties, graduations, holidays, weddings, and ribbon cuttings—all our social functions. Sometimes these speeches help create greater unity within an organization. Other times, they honor individuals or fulfill part of a social ritual or special ceremony.

What makes these speeches different from the other forms I’ve described so far is their purpose: They don’t inform or persuade. Instead, they entertain. Here’s how to write speeches that weave the social fabric a bit tighter.

Crowd Pleaser
When it comes to speeches that entertain, if you can’t be brief, at least be memorable. Write a speech that’s easy to remember and tantalizing for the press to quote. For example, Winston Churchill was once asked to give the commencement address at Oxford University. Following his introduction, he walked to the podium, said “Never, never give up,” and took his seat.

When you write a speech that entertains, always start by assessing your audience. You know that audience analysis is a crucial component in every writing situation, but it’s especially vital when you’re writing an entertaining speech because here, your listeners are gathered to have a good time. They don’t have to stay to gather information or to listen to your viewpoint (so they can later rebut it). As a result, always start by thinking how you can make sure the audience gets what they came for. Consider their likes and dislikes and their level of sophistication.

Author! Author!
President Woodrow Wilson’s Declaration of War Against Germany speech (1917) contains the famous line: “The world must be made safe for democracy.” The speech is also remarkable for Wilson’s insistence that “we have no quarrel with the German people … We fight without rancor and without selfish object.” Such self-restraint and Wilson’s promise that victory would result in “a universal dominion of right” helped win liberal support for the war effort.

Come on Baby, Let the Good Times Roll
After you complete your audience analysis, select a central theme, just as you did with informative and persuasive speeches. But here, remember that your audience just wants to have fun. Your topic should be genial, good-natured, and suited to you: after all, if you’re not having fun, how can anyone else party hearty?

Your overall theme should be …

Optimistic. This is not the time to unburden your soul and let it all hang out. Keep it light.
Uncomplicated. Don’t make your audience do any heavy lifting to get your point. Instead, develop your speech around one or two points that your listeners can grasp easily.
Lively. Select a theme that can be illustrated by pertinent anecdotes and humorous stories (if humor works with your comfort zone).
But wait! Every entertaining speech, no matter how light and amusing, should have at least one serious point. A speech that’s all sweetness and light can border on empty. Including one serious point serves as an anchor, so people feel like their getting their money’s worth, like the prize in the Cracker Jack box.

You’ll be surprised how much time and trouble you can save by following these simple tips:
Always buy your groceries a few days before your event. Last minute trips to the market can cost you precious time and make you tired and stressed. Your guests will sense this and may decline your next invitation.

Double-check the pantry. Do you have enough condiments, beverages and napkins? Then check the freezer — do you have enough ice?

The day before your event, prepare as many menu items as possible. Wash and trim lettuce and vegetables ahead of time. Peel and slice potatoes — they’ll stay fresh and crisp if left soaking in water overnight.

The night before, set the table, prep the bar, and chill beverages overnight.

For dinner parties, make soup your first course and prepare it the day before. Soups and sauces always taste better the next day.

Save even more time by making dessert ahead of time. Créme brulee is much easier to make than it looks. (Get a recipe for créme brulee here!)

For the main course, forget messy pots and pans — get grilling. You can cook vegetables and proteins at the same time, and clean up is quick. Grilled prawns on a bed of grilled squash and eggplant is not only easy to prepare, it’s a healthful choice for summer and can be elegantly arranged on the plate.

Most importantly, make sure you’ve prepared enough food for your guests. Don’t send your guests home hungry! Spend a little extra money and have ample amounts of food. Enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day.
Now pour yourself a delicious glass of red wine and flirt with the hottest guest who walks through your door (or your husband, as the case may be).

Then relax, and have a great time!

Open with your strongest anecdote and close with your second strongest one. Your listeners (just like your readers) will remember the beginning and end of your speech most clearly.

Here’s my favorite way to organize an entertaining speech:

Open with an anecdote. Select one that directly relates to your audience or purpose.
Explain the point of the anecdote. Describe how your speech will be organized around this point.
Beef up your theme with additional anecdotes. Remember to spread your anecdotes evenly through your speech so the really good stuff isn’t all bunched in the beginning, middle, or end.
Conclude by restating your central point.
Finish with a great anecdote to ensure a memorable ending.

The following entertaining speech is by Mark Twain (1835-1910), one of the most captivating writers and speakers to ever grace a podium. Mark Twain, the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, rocketed to fame with humorous local-color tales of the West; he became a media darling by transforming stories of his childhood into American myth. Twain was extraordinarily popular on the lecture circuit, a popular venue for public entertainment before movies, television, radio, and Madonna. Here’s his speech:

Author! Author!
On May 13, 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill prepared England to battle the Nazis with these famous words:

… I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. … You ask, what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea, and air. War with all our might and with all the strength God has given us, and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.
You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs—Victory in spite of all terrors—Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.
My heart goes out in sympathy to anyone who is making his first appearance before an audience of human beings. By a direct process of memory I go back forty years, less one month—for I’m older than I look.
I recall the occasion of my first appearance. San Francisco knew me then only as a reporter, and I was to make my bow to San Francisco as a lecturer. I knew that nothing short of compulsion would get me to the theater. So I bound myself by a hard-and-fast contract so that I could not escape. I got to the theater forty-five minutes before the hour set for the lecture. My knees were shaking so that I didn’t know whether I could stand up. If there is an awful, horrible malady in the world, it is stage fright—and seasickness. They are a pair. I had stage fright then for the first and last time. I was only seasick once, too. I was on a little ship on which there were two hundred other passengers. I—was—sick. I was so sick that there wasn’t any left for those other two hundred passengers.
It was dark and lonely behind the scenes in that theater, and I peeked through the little peek holes they have in theater curtains and looked into the big auditorium. That was dark and empty, too. By and by it lighted up, and the audience began to arrive.
I had a number of friends of mine, stalwart men, to sprinkle themselves throughout the audience armed with clubs. Every time I said anything they could possibly guess I intended to be funny, they were to pound those clubs on the floor. Then there was a kind lady in a box up there, also a good friend of mine, the wife of the governor. She was to watch me intently, and whenever I glanced toward her she was going to deliver a gubernatorial laugh that would lead the whole audience into applause.
At last I began. I had the manuscript tucked under a United States flag in front of me where I could get at it in case of need. But I managed to get started without it. I walked up and down—I was young in those days and needed the exercise— and talked and talked.
Right in the middle of the speech I had placed a gem. I had put in a moving, pathetic part which was to get at the hearts and souls of my hearers. When I delivered it, they did just what I hoped and expected. They sat silent and awed. I had touched them. Then I happened to glance up at the box where the governor’s wife was—you know what happened.
Well, after the first agonizing five minutes, my stage fright left me, never to return. I know if I was going to be hanged I could get up and make a good showing, and I intend to. But I shall never forget my feelings just before the agony left me, and I got up here to thank you for helping my daughter, by your kindness, to live through her first appearance. And I want to thank you for your appreciation of her singing, which is, by the way, hereditary.

Bring together good friends, great food and fun drinks in a party atmosphere — it’s bound to be a good time. But if you want to rely on more than eating, drinking and conversation for entertainment, plan your next gathering around an activity or game. Here are 10 ideas:

1. Make the Food Interactive: Make the kitchen the hub of the party by planning a menu that encourages guests’ involvement. Plan meals that require several steps and ingredients such as homemade pizza. Prepare several ingredients and crust types and ask guests to build the pies. For a healthier option, have a salad party or ask guests to help prepare items for the grill such as vegetable skewers. Don’t worry about asking your friends to assist; most will appreciate helping and will have fun while they do it.

2. Build a Bonfire: Who doesn’t love sitting around a fire, relaxing with a drink, making s’mores and sharing stories and songs? Bonfires are great because they provide light and warmth in cold weather as well as another place for people to gather. Plus, the mood around the fire can range from mellow and contemplative to loud and boisterous.

3. Plan a Garden Party: If you’re a gardener and know others who have a garden, coordinate a potluck, produce-inspired dinner. Ask each friend to bring a dish featuring their prized vegetables and herbs. A variety of fresh foods provides a festival for taste buds, as well as an opportunity to educate one another and share experiences. Invite friends who don’t garden, and you may provide them the impetus to start a garden of their own.

4. Poetry Night: You don’t have to be stoic or pretentious to gather around literature. All you need are light appetizers, perhaps some wine and things to read. Ask friends to bring their favorite poem or a passage from a beloved novel. It doesn’t have to be Shakespeare or Chaucer, although the greats should be encouraged. Encourage them to bring something they’ve written. Music is also a great source of poetry, so guests could even share a few lines from a favorite song. As an interlude, someone can play a song or two on the guitar, fiddle, harp or kazoo.

5. Music Night: A house-party jam session is a perfect venue for connecting musical friends from different circles, and live music creates an instantly welcoming and fun vibe. Most musicians will be happy to play, and your guests are happy to listen.

6. Yard Olympics: Host friends for a laid-back day of outdoor games, including badminton, bocce, horseshoes, cornhole/baggo, whiffle ball and croquet. For competitive groups, hold a tournament with prizes awarded for first, second and third place and for best play or most impressive comeback.

7. Game Night: This is not a night for Monday Night Football, but a night for you and your friends to be the players. If it’s a small gathering, choose one game that can last a few hours, like Risk or Monopoly. If you want a larger group, have a variety of games where people can jump from game to game, like card games, video games, chess games, etc. Have plenty of tables and chairs set up and snacks that can be passed around among the partygoers.

8. Movie Night: Themes abound with movie night. Get a group together once a month or so and watch your favorite movies, or choose flicks that no one has seen before. If you develop a loyal viewing group, take turns choosing the movie. Maybe you want to make your way down a top 100 movie list. Pop some popcorn and get comfy.

9. Learn a New Hobby: A fun, educational and creative way to spend time with friends and family is to learn something new together, like canning, crocheting, stained glass or cheese making. The possibilities are endless. Look for the skills present in your circle. Most people are happy to share about something that they love doing. If supplies are needed, ask those participating to contribute.

10. Festivus: For a nonsensical holiday full of airing of grievances, take a cue from George and the Seinfeld crew. A fun idea if you’re wacky and/or zany and seeking alternative holiday entertainment.

At the end of the night, of course well-mannered party guests will thank you for hosting a lovely evening, but have you ever wondered what they’re really thinking when they walk down your driveway? We did the detective work for you. Below, you’ll find insights from frequent party guests who were willing to dish about their hostesses—plus, party-planning tips from an entertaining pro.
1. Mix up your guest list. What’s the fun in inviting just your neighbors or only your co-workers? It’s less enjoyable for everyone if your entire party is made up of people who see each other on a regular basis. Instead, choose guests who share common interests, whether it’s fitness or fashion, include a few friends who are expert icebreakers and invite an acquaintance or two who you’ve been hoping to get to know better—the hilarious guy from church or the woman you always see at spin class. Also consider matchmaking opportunities: “It’d be great if the guest list included another single person who isn’t my brother,” says Stephanie from Minneapolis, MN.
2. Hide visual clutter. We get it: Knickknacks, plastic toys and your kids’ art projects multiply while you’re sleeping. But the more serene your home is, the more serene your guests will feel. So use your party as an opportunity to clear out the extras. Stow toys in a room with a closed door, and tuck two-thirds of your tchotchkes (especially the breakable ones) in a box. Cut down the number of framed photos on the mantel to one or two. “Wedding portraits isn’t a proper home decor theme,” points out Stephanie. And pare down the fridge door decorations: Permission slips, rec center schedules and your kids’ last three report cards can be moved to a drawer for the night.
3. Dress up your home. Cleaning up is part one of creating ambiance. Part two: making your home as special as you want the evening to be. So it should look nicer than it does when, say, your best friend swings by to pick up your kids for soccer practice. Try switching off the overhead lights and setting out lots of unscented votive candles across mantels and down the center of tables, suggests Madhu Puri, entertaining editor for shopping site One Kings Lane and their online magazine Live.Love.Home. Add pops of color with unfussy floral arrangements: Choose a single variety—poppies, carnations, even baby’s breath—and cut the stems at varying heights for a stress-free display.
4. Do another sweep through your bathroom. This is one private space that all your guests will have access to, so make sure it’s pristine. “I don’t need to see your fluffy bathrobe or know what type of birth control you’re on,” says Elizabeth from Portland, OR. After you’ve cleared out personal items and swept the floor, make your loo guest-friendly with a scented candle, clean hand towels and extra rolls of toilet paper.
5. Stick with a menu of familiar, easy-to-cook foods. This isn’t the night to test those high-effort vegan Slovakian recipes you clipped from a magazine. The point of a party is for everyone—including you!—to mix and mingle, so make sure your party-day to-do list is minimal. “Your guests are there to spend time with you,” says Elizabeth, “so please don’t attempt something you’ve never cooked before or take on more than you have time for.” Pick crowd-pleasing dishes you can prep beforehand and finish quickly when guests arrive.
6. Have no-cook snacks at the ready. In spite of your careful planning, don’t count on dishes being done when guests show up—and don’t make anyone starve! “I make sure my guests can graze while I finish cooking,” says Puri. Nuts, cheeses, cured meats and chips can be set out in seconds, and they’re the perfect small bites for guests to nibble on while they wait for cooked food to be served.
7. Set up your bar and glassware ahead of time. Rather than rushing to get each new guest a drink, encourage everyone to help themselves. You don’t need to put out a full bar; just arrange a few bottles of wine and a small tub of iced beers—and don’t forget a pitcher of water and plenty of glasses. “Your guests will be thirsty when they arrive,” says Puri. “Think ahead and you’ll save yourself time spent getting every guest a glass of water.”
8. Choose your playlist in advance. Music should already be playing when your first guests arrive. That way, you don’t get stuck fumbling with the stereo while they stand around in awkward silence. “You want your home to feel inviting,” says Puri. “And music creates instant atmosphere.” If you don’t have time to pick individual songs from your music library, check out, where you can type in an artist or genre, and the site will churn out a nonstop selection of fitting tunes.
9. Make cleanup easy for everyone. Right after your guests reach for an hors d’oeuvre, they’ll look for somewhere to wipe their hands. “If you’re serving finger food, put out cocktail napkins,” says Puri. Similarly, have small bowls for discarded toothpicks and olive pits on hand. To keep buffet tables from getting overrun with used plates and napkins, set out a few small, discreet trash bins, and leave a tray for empty glasses just outside the kitchen.
10. Don’t apologize! Once the party’s going, avoid pointing out flaws, like that the floors need re-finishing or your sofa’s outdated. “Stop apologizing for your house!” says Stephanie. “Your home is lovely and you should feel confident about it.” To that end, also bite your tongue if you’re worried the food is sub-par. “Explaining why the risotto didn’t turn out well only makes it less appealing for your guests,” says Elizabeth, “and it forces them to work overtime to assure you how well everything turned out.”

Since odds are that you’ll be writing and delivering more entertaining speeches than any other kind (and sweating more over them), here’s another model you can use. This is an outstanding graduation speech delivered on May 21, 1998, by Jennifer L. Joyner-Lebling, the valedictorian of the graduating class at the State University of New York College of Technology at Farmingdale. Notice how Ms. Joyner-Lebling graciously credits others.

Voyage of Discovery

Chairman Mastroianni, Dr. Cipriani, honored members of the college council, faculty, staff, fellow classmates, family, and friends, I am honored to have been selected Valedictorian of the graduating class of 1998. I am honored to represent your commitment, dedication, and accomplishment in achieving your goal to be here today.
Congratulations to all of you. As our celebrations end later today, consider tomorrow and realize that graduation is just one giant step in a very important direction. For some of us, this step has been a struggle full of obstacles, barriers, and distractions—for others it has not been that easy. However, through our struggles we have still accomplished our goal, and we are here today to celebrate our achievements. This awesome achievement we have made together, as well as the individual achievements of our team members.
Like Karen Conner, the Valedictorian for the Associates degree, who was awarded the National Scholarship from the Institute of Management Accountants.
And like Michael Rodriquez of the Aerospace program, the recipient of the John L. Godwin Memorial Flight Scholarship awarded by the National Air Transportation Association Foundation. Each are receiving Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence.
And like Ornamental Horticulture graduates Pat Haugen, Elizabeth Boruke, Melissa Rigo, Steve Langella, Jessica Bottcher, Matt McFadden, and Steve Noone, who were members of a team which took first place at the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Field Day at Suffolk Community College.
Today is the culmination of a lot of work, a lot of sweat, a lot of tears, and a lot of money … but we are not finished. This is not final. It is, however, a significant milestone in our voyage of discovery. We have just emerged on a whole new level. You are all outstanding representatives of our graduating class. But none of us accomplished these feats alone. We had our families, partners, and friends—and we had the tutelage and guidance of some pretty incredible teachers. Before you leave today, be sure to thank at least one teacher from whom you have learned while at SUNY Farmingdale, and let them know that they are appreciated.
Thank you Dr. Gary Brown for your enthusiasm and passion for your subjects and for your interest in and concern for your students.
Thank you Dr. Richard Iversen for your never-ending support, encouragement, and mentoring. You have both made a substantial impact on my education and on my future.
Thank you Gary, Fred, Debbie, and Danielle for your guidance and friendship.
French novelist Marcel Proust once said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” In receiving our diplomas today, we are receiving “new eyes.” Use what you have learned here at SUNY Farmingdale to see things in ways in which you have never noticed before. Continue to learn. Open your minds to new ideas and concepts. We leave here with the ability to make a change, the capability to make a difference, and the responsibility to make a contribution. Congratulations to you, my fellow graduates, and good luck to you as you continue on your voyage of discovery.

5. Have an exit strategy
You never know how the party will turn out. If it sucks, then definitely have an exit strategy planned, especially if you want to scoop up the fine dames and take them along (or is it alone?). Anyway, even if the party is rocking, you never know when neighbors or cops will crash the party. Don’t get caught with your pants down; have an idea of where you will head to afterwards to ensure a smooth transition throughout the night, and morning.
4. Don’t make a fool of yourself
I know we all like to party hardy, but no one will come near you if you OD and end up making love to the toilet bowl all night. A sweet and caring girl might take care of you, but it will be out of pity, not out of interest. If some sweet looking girl ends up in the bathroom, make sure that her friends know, and they will hopefully take care of her. Don’t do anything stupid. Not only will you not be the life of the party, but you’ll also end up playing ‘soap boy’ to some dude named Bubba.
3. Look good, smell better, and taste great
This one sounds pretty straightforward. I know you can be as delicious as you want, but once you walk into a club, you’ll end up smelling like a chimney. But nonetheless, girls detect your aroma. Pheromones (or sex attractants) pick up odors and subliminal scents; they only get stronger when women drink. Women get hornier when they drink. So slap on some cologne and do the math.
2. Just do it
A lot of people talk the talk and plan ambitiously before a party. These are the people who are standing with their backs against the walls and nursing their drinks. What you want to do is think less and act more. Again, not exactly rocket science, but hard to execute. Women are open to being approached, but unfortunately, rarely are. Is it intimidation? Perhaps. Just don’t regret biting your tongue when she should be doing that in the first place anyway.
1. Prioritize and strategize
This one is not so much to guarantee that you are the life of the party, but rather to maximize the evening. Plan properly, in terms of whom you will speak to and what you will say. The last thing you want to do is spend an hour charming a woman only to find out that her boyfriend is arriving shortly. We can get into details, but I am sure that you’re already thinking of past misallocations of resources.

Like fashion filters down from the designers on the runway to main street shops; entertaining trends filter down from the top chefs in restaurants across America, to the tables in our homes. One such trend was noted in a recent research study by Mintel Menu Insights. It found that “snacking is the new way to order at restaurants. Menu items that contain the descriptors “snack,” “snackable,” or “snacker” have increased by a staggering 170% since 2007 and growth is expected to carry on as restaurants continue to explore this new trend.” Snacks are the New ‘Meal’ restaurants are serving up. I believe this trend illustrates a change in our lifestyle and our budgets and translates perfectly for home entertaining – especially for the Holidays.
Why it Works?
Time and Money – Unfortunately there doesn’t seem too be much free time on the weekends anymore. This really puts the squeeze on home entertaining from both the host and guests’ perspectives. Modern lives that include family bring busy schedules for all – sports, activities, work and chores around the house eat up all our time. The hours we can get-together are shrinking, so hosting a party from 3pm – 5pm instead of an all day BBQ makes sense. We get to catch up, take a time out and enjoy each other instead of constantly passing on seeing family and friends, until a season or maybe more has passed. The time crunch is also coupled with tighter budgets and this makes “party snack” style entertaining an attractive alternative to hosting an all out affair.
It’s Fun – Like most people, the cocktail hour is always my favorite part of a wedding. We all love variety and there is something fun about being able to move and mingle while we eat – I called it “party grazing”. Serving snacks allows for “party grazing” and can be a much less stressful way to entertain.
How and What to Serve for Party Snacks:
Next time you entertain, why feel like you need to put out a big sit down meal? Of course the hour you are hosting and duration of your party will dictate what’s appropriate. If you serve snacks only for Christmas Dinner you may hear some loud complaints. However, if your party is not over the dinner hour and isn’t all day – go for party snacks. Call it a get-together instead of a party and cut the duration down from 4hrs to 2hrs. Ask guests to join you for a snack and some conversation as a break in the day. If you haven’t had friends or family over in years, try it – it may be the style of entertaining that works best for you!
Suggestions for Party Snacks: You want to put out platters that are family friendly and let your guests make up their own plates. Pick 3 platters to serve with at least one that has bread/chips/pita. Stick with a theme for the food – Italian, Mexican, Asian, or your favorite.
Cheese Plate with Bread or Crackers
Fruit Plate with Dip
Vegetable Plate with Dip
Pita or Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Chicken Wings
Carved Meat (like beef or chicken that can be served at room temperature) with sliced bread and condiments

Big party tonight? Great to hear. That girl you have a crush on will be there? Even better. Too bad you will be drowned among the masses. If only you could stand out and make the girls want you and the boys jealous. Well, fear not my good man, here are the top 10 ways that you could be the life of the party. Enjoy.
10. Talk it up and entertain guests
Talk to people, crack jokes, and make sure that others feel your presence. This is a good strategy when the party is not too crowded. If you stand out when the rooms are not full yet, people will remember you as the outgoing one who is always prepared to ensure that others have a jolly old time. They will come looking for you once the joint gets packed.
9. Have the music in you, Mr.DJ
The rhythm is going to get to you. Whatever you do, make sure that you have a backup music strategy. The sounds and beats dictate the party. For one, make sure that the TV is out of sight; the idiot box has a tendency to bring people down. Always bring music with you and remember, variety is the spice of life. Some hip-hop and R&B, trance and techno, reggae, and even rock music should do the trick. You never know what the ladies want to get down to, and if they figure that you are emceeing the soire, then they just might want to get down on you.
8. Be the bartender
Never show up empty-handed. Show up with cervezas , hard liquor and fruit. You want to be a rock star, but you ain’t one yet, so don’t expect others to pour drinks down your throat because of your rugged good looks and charming demeanor. Bring liquor and lots of it; people will like you when they’re sober and will love you once they’re drunk.
7. Set people up, introduce, match make
If you know different people at the party, there is no reason to be greedy and keep them segregated. Mix and match people. Not only will they admire your popularity, they will also respect your unselfishness. Best of all, the guests can share stories about your various past exploits, adding to your already legendary reputation (yeah right). In any case, make sure that all of your skeletons remain in the closet.
6. Be the host’s right-hand man
Always make sure that the host or hostess sees you as an ally. Yes we know, chicks like troublemakers, but really, troublemakers are seen as a pain. You want the host to trust you. Just think, you’ll get the master key to the bar and the bedrooms but make sure that you occasionally check up on the generous one who is sacrificing their bachelor pad for the party.
Don’t forget to always have a backdoor plan…