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Drunk people in a 2018 World Cup party

How to have a World Cup party without wrecking your house

For many, the World Cup is one of the most exciting times of the decade.

It’s a pure blend of skill and spectacle which can bring people together in support and joy.

It’s therefore the perfect event to organise a party around, where the community spirit of football provides an ideal backdrop for an evening of fun and frivolities.

Plus, student houses in Leeds are the ideal places to host a get together, acting as a hub for the thriving student population.

However, the thing with student parties is that they are known to get a little bit out of hand every now and again, and although football can bring people together, it’s also a subject people can get quite passionate about.

This can occasionally lead to frayed tempers. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and leave your friendships intact, as well as your home.

All you have to do is follow a few simple rules.

1. Only invite people you know

We’ve all heard the story of the person who invites everyone round on social media only for it to end in disaster.

While we’re sure you’re not about to do that ­– and if you are considering it, you really shouldn’t – it is easy to plan on throwing a party with close friends only to end up having a lot of people you don’t know join in.

This is a problem for a couple of reason.

Firstly, you don’t know if you can trust them and secondly, they’ve got little incentive to care about your home.

So, you need to put your foot down and make sure everyone is clear that this is an invite only event, without hangers on.

2. Make it clear what kind of party this is

Be straight with people. If what you’re hoping for is to watch the game and have a few drinks before curling into bed at around 11pm, tell them in advance.

Trust us, that conversation will be a lot less awkward beforehand than at the time itself.

Any real friends will respect that it is your home and you get to decide who and when people are there.

3. Minimise the potential damage

Perhaps you do fancy a late one. There’s nothing wrong with that, after all.

However, later generally means more alcohol and with more alcohol comes more opportunities for accidents.

And while there’s no real way of making sure that someone doesn’t have one too many and start crashing around your living room like a blind Godzilla, you can take precautions to ensure there’s not much around them that can get damaged.

Move any valuables that aren’t necessary for the evening well out of the way so there’s no chance of them getting smashed or having a drink spilled on them.

You can also put down plastic sheets in case of spills or if someone throws up – although hopefully, that doesn’t happen.

4. Don’t spend all your time in the house

Happy friends at World Cup Party.

The simplest way of avoiding damage to your house is to be there for less time or avoid being there when damage is likely to be caused.

For example, you could go to the pub for a few drinks to watch the game, come back to your house for a couple of hours before going out to a club if you want a late night.

The best part of this plan is that you can go home whenever you like without having to shuffle drunk people out your door.

5. Don’t buy loads and loads of booze

If you want to avoid people getting extremely drunk and making a mess, then you can often avoid this simply by buying less alcohol.

Get as much as you need and not any more.

People will generally see a lot of free booze as an incentive to get drunk, whereas when they are buying it themselves, they tend to be a lot more sensible.

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