There are many things about going to cons that I enjoy. I like checking out interesting panels, I love checking out costumes, and most of all I enjoy socializing with the people there, both new friends and old. One of the things I love most of all are room parties. A well thrown room party can be a thing of joy that people will talk about for ages. A bad room party… well, let’s not go there, because at the end of this article you will be well armed to throw a good room party.
Why are room parties so cool? Usually at a well run con once the panels are done guests aren’t inclined to just go to their rooms and get a good night’s sleep. No, they want to talk about what they’ve done, who they’ve seen, and so on. People get amped by the day’s activities and they’re not ready to just… turn off and tune out. So, they go looking for friends, for snacks, maybe some beer or other libations. (And no, a successful room party does not have to have alcohol… there have been some great “dry” parties that were a ton of fun.) It’s a heck of a way to get all your friends, and even those you just haven’t met yet, into one convenient place for you pleasure! I am here to give you some tips and tricks on how to make that happen, and do it right.
First thing you should do is check with the con committee on any rules they have about room parties. The fine folks running the convention will have a better grasp of what the hotel will and will not allow as far as these types of events go. You want to do things right, because if you don’t it can have serious ramifications for the con committee and could result in the con being denied use of that hotel again…or even jail time for you. Now, scary bit over, here’s a list of things a good party should have:
So, now you have stuff that can make a party happen. What next? Now you should prepare your room. Here’s a handy list of prep tips:
Some other things to keep in mind. Follow hotel rules. If you have a no smoking room, then don’t let anyone smoke. Keep the noise to a dull roar. Feel free to escort people out of your party if they’re being too obnoxious (or better, have a big minion do that.) Don’t turn down offers to help clean up after it’s over. Put the room back to its original state. Tip the hotel cleaning staff generously.
Follow these simple steps and tips and you’ve got the makings of a fun time. Soon I’ll post some tips on how to step things up a notch, including tips for Themed Room Parties, and parties with booze.
You can hear Calamity Dawn in action as she prepares The Charlie Tonic and The Delicious Aloysius on Episodes #6 and #10 of The Charlie Tonic Hour. Also stay tuned for more on this subject coming soon on The Charlie Tonic Hour.