You receive dozens of text messages every week inviting you to house parties. Some of them sound promising, but inevitably descend into housing greasy chips, engaging in meaningless banter with people you don't know, and getting kicked out within an hour of arrival because the police shut it down. You could do better.

A house party should be the ultimate social gathering. Unlike a club or lounge, you are in control. The music, guest list, hours of indulgent fun—and the details are all in your hands. But with great power comes great responsibility, and if you don't handle things the right way, your next invitations will get deleted before it's even read.

Despite the failures of the house parties of yore, pulling together a group of people to enjoy one another's company isn't a difficult task. Turn up, show out, and become known as the guy who can draw a crowd: 10 Easy Techniques for Throwing an Awesome House Party.

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