How to Throw a House Party for Different Types of Guests

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  • Choose appropriate music to set the tone for the party.
  • Invest in indoor games like shuffleboard, Jenga, and table tennis to get guests involved. 
  • Provide plenty of drink options, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. 
  • Offer light snacks such as vegetable platters, cheese and crackers, and fruit trays. 

Hosting a house party can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. You want your guests to have fun, but you also want to make sure that everyone feels welcome and comfortable. Fortunately, there are some simple tips that you can use to make sure that your party is a hit with different types of guests. Here’s how you can entertain a diverse group of people at your next house party.

Choose the Right Music

Music sets the tone for any event, so it’s important to pick tunes that will appeal to all of your guests. Consider playing classical music or jazz standards if you’re hosting a more formal gathering, such as an anniversary or birthday celebration.

For something more casual and laid back, try some classic rock hits or pop songs from the last few decades. Just remember not to play anything too loud or offensive — you don’t want anyone feeling uncomfortable.

If possible, try to make the music interactive by setting up a karaoke machine or dance floor. Not only will it get your guests involved in the festivities, but it will also encourage them to mingle with one another and create lasting memories.

Invest in Indoor Games

Having a few well-chosen indoor games at your house party is a great way to break the ice and get everyone talking. Try to pick games that involve minimal setup so you can quickly transition from one game to the next. Here are some ideas:


Shuffleboard is an ideal game for a house party as it can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. All you’d need is a high-quality shuffleboard table, and you can already provide hours of entertainment as guests take turns lining up their discs on the board and competing to land them in high-scoring zones. Shuffleboard can also be played in teams, allowing your guests to get competitive and interact with one another.


This classic game of stacking blocks is a perfect choice for house parties. It’s easy to play and can be enjoyed by everyone from young kids to elderly adults. All you need are the wooden blocks and some steady hands — then it’s up to your guests to assemble the tower and try not to make it collapse!

Jenga is also a great way to get people talking. As teams work together to build the tower, they’ll need to communicate with one another in order to strategize and come up with creative solutions.

Table Tennis

Table tennis is a classic game that appeals to all ages and skill levels. If you don’t already have one, consider investing in a good quality table tennis table — it will make a great addition to any house party.

Table tennis is also an ideal way to get your guests to interact with one another. As they wait for their turn, they can chat and catch up or cheer on their friends as they compete. Not only will this help create a friendly atmosphere, but your guests will also get some exercise at the same time!

Provide Plenty of Drinks


Whether it’s wine, beer, soda, juice, or cocktails, make sure that there is plenty of beverage options available for all kinds of tastes. Not everyone drinks alcohol, so be sure to provide both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.

It’s also important to provide plenty of ice and cups so that no one has to search around for them during the party. You can also set up a designated area for drinks so that your guests can help themselves without having to ask. 

And if you do plan on serving alcohol at your event, be sure to have someone designated as “the driver” who won’t drink so they can drive people home safely at the end of the night.

Offer Light Snacks

No matter what type of party you are throwing, it is always nice to provide light snacks throughout the evening. This way, everyone has something small they can nibble on throughout the course of the evening without getting too full before dinner is served (if there is one). Here are some easy-to-make options:

Vegetable Platters

A vegetable platter is a great option for any house party, as it’s both nutritious and delicious. Not only is it easy to prepare, but you can also customize it by adding a variety of colorful vegetables — from crunchy bell peppers and carrots to juicy tomatoes and mushrooms. You can even turn it into a sophisticated salad bar by pairing different types of lettuce and adding some grilled chicken or tuna.

Cheese and Crackers

A platter of cheese and crackers is always a crowd-pleaser. Not only is it tasty, but it’s also easy to prepare; all you need are some slices of cheese and crackers of your choice. You can even customize the platter by adding different types of cheeses and crackers — from sharp cheddar to creamy brie or from crunchy cereal-style crackers to buttery sesame ones.

Fruit Tray

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A fruit tray is a great way to add some color to your house party. Not only are fruits healthy, but they also make for a refreshing snack. You can easily customize a fruit tray by adding a variety of colorful fruits, such as apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, and strawberries.

With these simple tips in mind, you should have no trouble entertaining all types of guests at your next house party. Just remember that no matter what type of event it is—formal or informal—it’s important to make sure everyone feels welcome and comfortable while having fun. So don’t forget about these tips when planning your next gathering — they’ll help ensure it’s a success.

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