Staying In and Still Having Fun

Staying In and Still Having Fun

Sure, just because you're broke doesn't mean you can't go out on a weekend night. However, by 12:30 a.m., you're going to feel real stupid — and subsequently annoyed — being the only sober person in the bar. (Unless, of course, you've followed some previous sound advice.)

Nevertheless, even if the funds are low, you don't have to miss out on the good times if you bring the good times to your place.

The following is a sure-fire formula for an epic night in, able to rival almost any night out.

Make a Guest List

The first thing you got to do is round up an appropriate amount of people that will fit comfortably at your place. So if you stay in a studio apartment, don't send a Facebook invite to your 371 friends. A decent-numbered group of your not-so-rowdy drinking buddies will be perfect. (If you're inviting people to your residence, you probably don't want people who are going to treat your place like Guns N' Roses treated hotel rooms in their heyday.)

What, When and Why

After you've secured who's going, tell them you're having a party at your place and to bring whatever booze they want. For the most part, people won't mind B.Y.O.B, because they're either as broke as you are or would appreciate a break from spending more at the bar to have someone else make their drinks.

You also have the option of making a theme party, but this works best if you're a woman. If a dude attempts to throw a theme party, it may be perceived with a perverted ulterior motive and may end up being just a bunch of dudes in togas, which is as creepy as it sounds.

[Note: Before we continue, let it be known that there are ways to stay in and have fun without involving alcohol. However, this writer does not know of any.]

Let the Games Begin

Feel free to put out some chips or other inexpensive, light snacks for your friends as they arrive. Once everyone has arrived and settled in, gather them to the table [Note: You're going to need a table that people can sit around.] and start a game of Circle of Death "“- a.k.a. King's Cup. Why this game? It is a drinking game that is ideal for big parties and will put everyone at more or less the same level of drunkenness, which will make the next step even more entertaining.

Let the Games"¦ Continue

Once the drinking game ends, suggest for everyone to play a team-based game. Split everyone into teams and set up a game of Taboo, Pictionary or charades. It sounds lame now, but picture your drunken best friend trying to act out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or trying to draw Brokeback Mountain.

Whatever you do, stay away from karaoke or games like Rock Band and Band Hero. On paper, they sound like a hoot, but you can't have more than four people playing at once, so the people on the sidelines will get bored very quickly after watching you butcher the vocals of Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" more than once.

Host Responsibly

Once the party dies down, or when people are done drawing phallic symbols on the first person to pass out, it is up to you to make sure that those who are not fit to drive stay at your place. This ends up paying off the next day when you need help cleaning.

So there you have it. Stick to this formula and, more likely than not, you're bound to have a great time. And if none of your friends like charades, Pictionary or drinking games, well, why are you even friends with them in the first place?

And if you have no friends to partake in this, just follow this formula on your own. You'll still have a great time -"“ or you'll blackout and forget you have no friends for a while. Win-win.