A Party Postmortem
The overrated art of going to parties (or just plain going out) is averted to the fact that you’d be meeting people. More exciting when they’re the people you already know. Most exciting if they’re people you’ll end up knowing for the rest of your life.
Last night I went with my five HS friends to a college party. A roaring party.
Early on, I found myself stuck in a swarm that blew off my senses. The event was a massive success such that the lines extended lengthily outside the venue. The crowds apparently were impressive enough to trounce the Metro Manila Film Festival. It occurred to me that this party has evolved drastically into something you can never belittle. We were there at 9:30, never asked for a guest-list status, and just relished patient, honest waiting– since I won’t manage to harness an impatient, dishonest sneaking-in if I’m stringing along five people, even if the party was by my college org, anyway. “Connections” weren’t really necessary since I thought that everyone would be getting in as a matter of fact.
Turns out I was wrong, heartbreaking-ly wrong. Tickets reached limit and those of us who were still outside wheezed with disappointment. The maddened groups in nice garbs were either too irate or too shocked to function. Mention PETA at the barricades.
Now I’m no events guru but events-organizing has been something I have been doing for a long time already– random rendezvous included– so here’s some notes for those who’d be interested further in directing wholesome party operations. And also a post-note for my beloved org. And I’m being proper here, as I’ll ever be:
- First, take note of the logistics: After recognizing the event’s capacity is that of the World Cup, be prepared with the lines. And the tickets. It does matter to predetermine wisely what you’ve had via your Facebook events page and the pre-sold tickets. Remember that the tickets should be directly proportional with the people you’re expecting to snake in, alongside the presence of the guest list and the media. Don’t promise unlimited tickets if environmentalism affects you.
- Remember to keep watch of your target audience. A college party it was but my bud Jep and I gave a double look unto high school kids and some Jack Basses who were passing by. If possible, pray for a thunderstorm to simultaneously strike those who are inappropriate for the event.
- As previously resonated, promotions is key but make sure you promote to the promising crowd. No more, no less.
- Most important thing: Be nice to people waiting in line. You know they’ve gone worn out, livid and terribly hungry. You cannot just pronounce glibly over the megaphone, almost unapologetic, “We don’t have any more tickets! Sorry, please vacate the venue!” Trust me, you don’t wanna mess with a terribly hungry horde.
I know my orgmates did a terrific job and mega-congratulations to the org straight from the heart. Truly, it was something more than legendary. I heard 4000 souls made it inside stampede-free, which translates to a hefty amount of charity-money to school the 30 children in our foundation. CONGRATS! 🙂
At midnight, I dragged out my friends out of the place without even being able to enter. Went instead to Giligans at the seaside, inhaling the Manila Bay air just to forget something absurdly unforgettable.