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You don’t have to hit the town to spend time with friends. Why not let the fun come to you by hosting a house party? From signature drinks and personalised playlists, here’s how to make the night your own.

MAKE PLAYLISTS FOR MOODS
Parties start out chilled, pick up pace in the middle, and die down towards the end. You need music to accompany all of these stages and it’s so much better if you’ve created specific playlists beforehand. Nothing kills a party like silent pauses as someone frantically picks the next tune. Take charge and put all of your favourite jams together for three lists: meet and greet, dance-a-thon and end of the night.

ASK YOUR GUESTS TO BRING A FRIEND OR THREE
A party isn’t a party without a full house, and the best bashes have at least a few mysterious strangers. It’s easy: you invite your circle of friends and they each bring two or three acquaintances. Keep an open door policy. You don’t know who will end up in the crowd – it might be your future colleague, friend or love interest.

CREATE A SIGNATURE MOCKTAIL
Concoct a mocktail that has been specially tailored to your party. Give it a name and send out the recipe with your invites, so people know what they’re in for and can bring a bottle of the right mixer to supplement your drinks trolley. How about a twist on an old classic with a Pina Tea-lada? Just blend Lipton Ice Tea Lemon with pineapple juice and cream of coconut. Yum. Lipton Ice Tea is a brilliant mocktail base. Check out our recipes

REV THINGS UP WITH A PARTY GAME
They’re not just for five-year-olds, you know. If you’re having a big crowd, an exuberant game of musical chairs is always good for a laugh. Pin the tail on the donkey. Bobbing for apples. Throwing water balloons. Hide and seek. An arm wrestling tournament. These are all very entertaining when played by grown-ups. If you’re having a small, civilised soiree, you could put your own spin on a classic murder mystery night.

SNACKS AND MORE SNACKS
Throwing a party without offering food is not good form. You’ll need a variety of salty and sweet, hot and cold snacks. Think of easy things with wide appeal that are quick to prepare. Mini quiches, cheese plates, vegetable crudités with dips, bowls of popcorn, nachos – anything that can be cut up and split between friends quickly. For dessert, think toffee apples and cake pops – but anything that feels like a treat will be appreciated. Wash it all down with Lipton Ice Tea, naturally.

RELAX AND LET GO
You’ve done all of the prep. You’ve laid the table, the music is set. Don’t spend the whole night fretting about details nobody will remember anyway. Ideally, once the doorbell rings you’ll be able to stop, have one of your delicious Lipton Ice Tea concoctions and enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Remember, the best hosts lead by example. Be the first on the dance floor!