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How To Get The Party Started

Updated on December 11, 2016
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Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Let's Party

When one attends a party, one expects to have fun! They want to make memories with friends and family.

No one likes a dull party and being a wallflower at a celebration is certainly not fun.

The host or hostess invited you, but maybe they could use some help to get the party started.

Maybe it's your own party and you aren't sure how to get the party started.

I've listed some suggestions to help you. You could also incorporate some of my ideas with some of your own clever creations and have a bash that your guests will always remember.

You might not consider my ideas as traditional party planning, but variation could be exciting. You'd be surprised at what your mind could accomplish when you leave your comfort zone behind.

You might think some of my suggestions are not for adult parties, but you'll be surprised at how much fun you could possibly have. Remember, to think out of the box...


Karaoke Singing!

You probably thought that karaoke singing was yesterday's good time.

NO! Karaoke is still fun!

Have an assortment of different genre's of music available for your guests to select from.

Also supply an extra microphone for duets.

Some people won't sing alone, but will sing their hearts away with a partner.

Strip Poker!

Yes Strip Poker! Near the entrance of the party have large totes or bowls filled with many props, costumes and accessories!

Have the guests wear as many items as they want and start playing poker! You didn't think I actually meant to STRIP their clothes! Did you? This game could go on for hours!

Musical Chairs!

We are NEVER too old for musical chairs! Well, if there is a chance you could break a bone then you might want to pass on this game. If you are overly intoxicated you might also want to pass, being dizzy might make you want to puke.

I can be brutal with musical chairs and I like to win! Set up the chairs using one less chair than amount of players. Turn up the tunes. Walk around the chairs. Turn off the music, last one standing is out of the game, also remove a chair. Repeat the process until there is one chair left with the winner sitting in it! Have fun!

Spike The Punch!

Add some liquor of choice to the party punch and have a blast!

Or better yet inform the guests that the punch is spiked and watch them think they are drunk when in reality they are having fun being alcohol-free!

Flash Mob!

Place someone in charge of choreographing the flash mob! Depending on the number of guests, or how large the dance area is you might need a large outdoor area.

Watch YouTube videos beforehand to get an idea of how flash mobs have previously been done. Be sure you have this videotaped to add your creation to YouTube!

Table Dances!

WARNING: Be sure the tables are stable! This game could be dangerous if not done appropriately or if the dancer is a bit tipsy.

The dances could easily be done sober, if you have the nerve. You might actually get $1 tips if you are really groovy! Watch the video to get some ideas from a two year old Brazilian boy who can move like jagger!

Food Fight!

Who doesn't like a good food fight?! It doesn't have to be messy, just entertaining!

  • Jello (assorted colors)
  • Cool Whip (Reddi-Whip)
  • Popcorn (butter is optional)
  • Peanut shells (eat the peanuts first)
  • Mashed potatoes (one of my favorites to toss!)
  • Flick jelly beans at each other
  • Marshmallows, go big, not just miniature

Have towels and showers available for the guests!

Tell Jokes!

Have a microphone available. Each guest has the opportunity to share a joke or two with the other guests. Depending on the age group this could be lots of fun! Raunchy jokes are always entertaining.

After the jokes are all told guests could do voice animations of their favorite cartoon characters!

I hope these tips help get one of your parties started! If you have any additional ideas to add please do so in the comment section below. Thank you! It's time to get the party started!

P!NK - Get The Party Started

© 2012 Linda Bilyeu


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    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I should add to make sure the tables are secure before one starts dancing on them! :)

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      Ms. Immortal 

      7 years ago from NJ

      Great party ideas! Karaoke is always great fun for a party. Not sure about dancing on tables, but if we all drink enough punch who knows what will happen.

      Thanks, I will keep these ideas in mind for my next party.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Come on Jason give musical chairs a chance. I guarantee you will have a blast! I could play it for hours or until I'm too dizzy from going in circles. Try it! :)

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      Jason F Marovich 

      8 years ago from Detroit

      Karaoke is a riot at any party. What I like most about it is that it's so contagious. I get a kick out of flash mobs, too. No one's caught me playing musical chairs or dancing on tables....yet. Fun hub as usual, Sunshine.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Audrey ~ Christy ~ MelChi ... Thanks for stopping by! Party on!

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      8 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      You've just made me realize how long it's been since I've been to or had a really fun party. Will have to do something about that soon! Thanks for sharing this, you've listed some fantastic ideas! :)

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      Christy Birmingham 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awe, I remember musical chairs, right on!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      8 years ago from California

      Love parties!!!!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Wow you guys got the party started and I missed it all, but I'm here now. Let's get the party started with ALL of your suggestions mentioned! I'm in!!! :)

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      8 years ago

      Who can resist spiked punch, food fights, and good music. Great ideas for a fun adult party.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These sound like fun ideas to rev up a party! I am going to have to check out this flash mob thing.

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      8 years ago

      Great list! Voting this one up as awesome and sharing. Such simple but effective ways to get people to loosen up. I'll share a secret party starter that a Ugandan witchdoctor taught me, after I rescued him from some quick-sand: You chant, "Boots 'n Cats" over and over again while imagining yourself at a night-club, and you'll start to hear party music. It really works

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      DS Duby 

      8 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Great ideas and I found it just in time for "someones" birthday! voted up and sharing!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Fun ideas to keep the party going. Karaoke and jokes are my favorite. Voted up.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      I'm in. ( i'mmmm comin home so you better get the party started' by Pink. ). I do so love a party. The ' sunshine' party sounds so much fun. I 'm good for a bit of DJ ing and will help choreograph a flash mob( my brother is a choreographer for music videos) - this list is a lot of fun. Can I add 'Twister' to the list too. Pleeeese.

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      Jools Hogg 

      8 years ago from North-East UK

      You could become a 'Party Starter Inc' Linda, make a living out of partying!

      Nice hub, great ideas - I love karaoke, nothing like watching your old Aunts getting leery and then singing 'I Will Survive' or 'My Way' :o)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      I had a good laugh while reading through this one. The strip poker and punch had me wondering but I can see how fun it would be now. Thanks for sharing.

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      8 years ago from Florida


      Finally back, and your hub is so funny. But I have to tell you after one glass of wine all I do is giggle. I drive my friends nuts.

      But I am ready for a party.

      Have a great Sunday, Sunshine.

      Your Hub Friend,


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      Terrye Toombs 

      8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I wanna party with my favorite ray of sunshine...oh yeah, what about Truth Or Dare? :)

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      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      Very creative! im sure it'll be lot of fun then. Thumbs up!

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      8 years ago

      These party ideas are creative and fun. The Brazilian baby dancing Zamba is too funny as well as the LMFAO national anthem video. Food fight with mash-potato and whipcream, shower is exactly what I was thinking hahhaha. It's good that you mentioned it. You are too funny! I can imagine having all this on video. Great hub! thanks for the laugh

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      Anamika S Jain 

      8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Awesome Ideas! Never thought of table dances and food fight so far. Nice Hub, Voted up!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Daisy, I worry about me too. I'm just a hubber of all trades. Ha!!

      Enjoy your company Bobbi!:)

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I will be back to read this later tonight. Sunshine is the Queen. I just heard the doorbell---yes we have door bells in the country, Yhoo.


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      Daisy Mariposa 

      8 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Linda (Sunshine),

      Sometimes I worry about you...

      I worry that you'll stop thinking of all your wonderfully crazy ideas.

      You're the *List Diva,* and now you're the *Party Queen.*

      Time to party!!!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      That goes without saying Rick. Let me know the time and place and I'm there!:)

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      Poetic Fool 

      8 years ago

      Linda, these are all great ideas but you left out the best one of all. Number one should read:

      1. Invite Linda Bilyeu to your party!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Have fun PDX, I would have thought you would take on the Karaoke! Haha!

      Cyndi, You comment was too funny!! I want to meet you at a party now!!:))

      El Ray, A D.J. or burned CD's is a fabulous addition to get the party started!! Thank you for adding them to the list! I agree the punch would be cheaper than bottles of booze, but I was suggesting we prove that one could have fun without alcohol!:)

      Thank you for your getting the party started comments!!

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      El Ray 

      8 years ago

      After spiking the punch, it will be much easier to get the party started! If you make enough of it, spiked punch can be more cost-effective than buying individual bottles of booze, wine, etc. Just be sure to relieve all drivers of their car keys when they arrive. Karaoke is a lot of fun, but if your guests really want to shake it up ... get a DJ or two. If that's outside of your budget or none of your guests have DJ skills, burn some CD's with your favorite dance tracks.

      Voting this up + awesome!

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Great tips for parties. I don't think Karaoke ever goes out of style. Some of the worst singers think they are the best singers (that would be me :-) and make for lots of fun! Especially if your guests can laugh at themselves (that would be me :-) Thanks for sharing.

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      Justin W Price 

      8 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      these are fun tips, Linda. I like the idea of the placebo effect with the punch bowl. i will definitely try that next time!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      That's what makes the party more fun Jimmy! We get to laugh at the guests who could hopefully also laugh at themselves:)

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      Jimmy the jock 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      I'm Ready to Party now but don't let me near that Karaoke machine, my singing would scare everyone away lol.....jimmy

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I love playing musical chairs. There should not be an age limit on this game, as long as you could walk you could play. I'm glad there were no injuries Deb! You are correct the game could be cut-throat!:)

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      Deborah Neyens 

      8 years ago from Iowa

      We played musical chairs at a neighborhood party a while back. It got pretty cut-throat, but no actual injuries, fortunately. : )

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      KDF...Clothing is optional! LOL

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      8 years ago from Central Illinois

      We'll I figure if I strip down, I will be the life of the party. I didn't get the leave clothes on memo, no wonder after I showed up, everybody left! : )

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      8 years ago from Houston, TX.

      I'm on my way! LOL.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Ron! I came very close to adding pole dancing, but I passed SO thank you for the suggestion! Bring it!!:)

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      8 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Pole dancing is also good if you don't have a table and well I guess if you have to keep your clothes on, a good time will still be had by all. LOL.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi FordeAhern! I'm glad I was able to help you get the party started! I hope you get to watch the P!nk video, she's awesome!! Thank you for the votes! Keep on partying!:)

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      8 years ago from Broadford, Co. Limerick. ireland

      A great hub, it was fun to read. Thank you. We have a karaoke machine and its great fun. Board games can be a loads of laughs, have you played Antics We have great fun here when we bring it out to have a game.I could not open the video of pink, It stated that its not available to me in my country. Anyway Voted up awesome and will bookmark for my next party. cheers

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      @cloverleaf I would love to sing a karaoke duet with you!!:)

      @Rolly You could show up at anytime and cut-offs are mandatory!!:)

      @cebutouristspot Come on over, I won't start the party without you!:)

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      8 years ago from Cebu

      Wow party. I bet this are tried tested tips and you are a good party host. :) Hope you are my neighbor so you can MC my party :)

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      8 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Am I late... I was not sure on the dress but I hope cut-offs work.


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      8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Karaoke singing never fails to get the party started. Problem is, after one or two cocktails it's impossible to get the mic off me LOL. It might be ok if I could sing...

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Come on over Marcy:)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      8 years ago from Planet Earth

      Sounds like a crowd I won't want to miss!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Absolutely and BTW Ardie's invite is still open ;)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      8 years ago from Planet Earth

      Can I come to your next party? I promise to wear a lot of layers. I do great Karaoke, by the way! Voted up and interesting!

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Very intriguing party ideas, Linda, but the Musical Chairs and Table Dances ideas should be utilized only for very young party-goers (under the age of 12). Otherwise the hostess' liability exposure is tremndous. Trust me. Those older folks often injure body parts when they fall!

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      8 years ago

      What a great hub, Sunshine! I love your ideas, especially...well, all of them really. Laughter is the best medicine you know.

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      Swetank Raj 

      8 years ago from India

      I just love PARTY! And never missed a single in life if offered. Karaoke is the best way to rockup the party as i believe. Great hub!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great ideas! I love the song by Pink. We often do karaoke at my Christmas parties. Lots of fun. We also do door prizes, sometimes, which is fun. Flash mob and musical chairs are a great idea, too! Great hub. Lots of votes and up!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 

      8 years ago

      I know I love the winters here.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I hope the weather stays this beautiful also. We have to love Florida winters:)

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      Kathleen Kerswig 

      8 years ago

      I think we might just stick with music playing without the game. Thank you for your good wishes. I'm sure it will be fun. He is going to be visiting from up north and he doesn't know anyone here so it will be a true surprise. :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      HI Kathleen, While musical chairs is an absolutely amusing game, I'd be extra careful with your father and his party guests. I hope his party is a smashing success!:)

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      Kathleen Kerswig 

      8 years ago

      I am planning to give my 83 year old father a surprise party in two weeks. Maybe I'll have the guests, including Dad, play musical chairs. That might be interesting to watch. :)

      Great hub!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      @veronica that's a fabulous idea!!! The more the merrier!!

      @rasta Your secret is safe with me!:)

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      Marvin Parke 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      How dare you spike the punch..........will never hear me say that.

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      Veronica Roberts 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      How about all of the above? That'd be a heck of a party!!

      This was a fun hub! Much-needed on a drizzly day. =]

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      @tammy Come on down!!:)

      @nell that would be my non-spiked punch! It would be TOO funny to watch the guests as they THOUGHT they were drinking! It will show others how much fun can be had without alcohol!

      @audrey, Happy day before your birthday!!!:)

      Doesn't anyone want to play musical chairs?!?!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      @alecia, we need to have a party ASAP! Pink rules!!

      @fpherj YES I did spend more time then my parents preferred in the principal's office!! No clean-up, just eat it! PARTY in da house!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      8 years ago from California


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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, I love the idea of making out the drinks are spiked but not really! lol! and I love to sing to Karaoke! great party!

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      I want to come. I especially like the spiked punch and karaoke.. What a combination! Parrrttaaayyyyy!!!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Looks like your parties are a lot of fun. I think good music and Karaoke is my best way of getting a party on its way.

      We would have games such as getting all the guys to roll up their trowser legs and sit in a line, while the blindfolded wives/partners had to feel all of the knees and say which was her husband/partner. This was a lot of fun and brought a lot of laughs.

      A great fun hub

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Great ideas but I do like the other kind of strip poker better. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      8 years ago from Carson City

      Sunshine....Sometimes I wonder how many extra wheels you have spinning in that pretty head of yours! If I was a betting woman, I'd bet you spent a whole lot of time "in the Principal's Office," as a kid. Since you're also very convincing, I can just imagine the trouble your friends got into, following your lead! Mashed potatoes?? Whipped Cream??...WHO is on "clean-up committee??" I'm on the music committee....when's the party??

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      Alecia Murphy 

      8 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      You can never go wrong with good music and good times. I have to say Karaoke is my favorite way of getting the party started and of course P!nk! Great hub!


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