Summer is definitely in full swing by now, and in many Northern US cities, so are the day parties. They always seem like such a great idea when you buy your ticket, but for some, it ends up leading to a weekend full of “how did I think this was a good idea?” moments.
While I absolutely do not claim to be the day party expert, I’ve definitely figured out my own best practices for having a good time without feeling like hell the next day(s).
Obviously, day parties aren’t necessarily going to run into the night, but in case one does… you don’t want it to jeopardize any of your other plans. If you know yourself to be the type to just go with the flow and see where the day/night takes you, then just plan around that tendency by not committing to anything for the following morning or afternoon. If a party takes place on a Saturday, you can be sure that my Sunday will either be completely free of plans, or include something low key like a brunch or pool day.
Often, day parties have some sort of food situation going on. Whatever the case may be, make sure to take care of #1 and either eat a good meal before heading out, or take advantage of food options available at the event. You’ll thank yourself later when those who didn’t plan ahead start to become hangry! (Plus, more food = more energy to enjoy yourself!) I’ve been known to arrive to parties (that allow it) with some food I picked up on the way down, just to make sure that I’m happy and well-fed for the day.
Supplies Though you shouldn’t need a whole backpack full of gear for a daytime event, there are definitely a few things that can be a good idea to keep in your purse/car/pockets:
- Shades that you aren’t afraid of losing or breaking – It’s a lot easier to dance with shades that aren’t your favorite, most expensive pair.
- Earplugs – Especially if you know there will be live and/or loud music. You only get one set of eardrums in life… be ready to protect them when need be.
- Lip Balm – The summer sun can make your lips dry and uncomfortable… and it really doesn’t take up that much space. Bonus points if it has SPF!
- Sunblock – Nobody wants to look like Sebastian from the Little Mermaid come nighttime.
- Bottle Opener – This can hang out on your keychain. You never know when you’ll need one.
- Cash – Even if the part takes cards, it’s a good idea to have some cash on you in case of unexpected events.
- Koozie – So your beverages stay colder, longer… and you get bonus points for being so prepared.
- A cross-body purse large enough to hold all of the above, but small enough that it’s not a nuisance to wear while dancing. Or pockets that can hold all your stuff. – Don’t be that guy that puts down your bag and then has your whole day ruined because you lost track of it.
- Bonus: Collapsible Rain Jacket – Because the elements are a thing when you party outside.
Obviously, if you will be consuming alcohol, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place for getting to the party and back. This is something that people often leave to the last minute to figure out, but if you think this through a day or 2 in advance, you may figure out cheaper and safer options than just hopping in your friend’s car. I prefer to take public transportation in, and uber/lyft out.
This really depends on one’s personality, but I personally like to alternate who I invite to the day parties I attend based on whether they are veterans of the scene or not. For example: Day Party #1, I’ll bring a couple of friends who have never been before and make sure to be a good host of sorts. Day Party #2, I’ll instead invite friends who I know can handle the scene so that I can kick back and relax, rather than constantly be focused on whether my people are having a good time or not. Rinse, and repeat.
Arguably the most important item is attitude. Just like anything else, it’s important to be flexible when it comes to day party plans. Sometimes you hit traffic on the way down and arrive way later than you intended. Sometimes the food truck doesn’t arrive until hours after it was supposed to start serving food. Sometimes the bar prices go up or the bar doesn’t have stuff that you like. Shit happens, just gotta learn to roll with the punches.