Here are party tips from two very different celebrations I attended—one a Japanese-themed bash here in Seattle, and the other a 70th birthday party for my dad back in Maine.
Do: Have a theme, such as "Harajuku," that will inspire guests to wear sexy, colorful costumes.
Don't: Put 70 lit candles on a cake. The resulting inferno will set off a fire alarm and create a waxy crater.
Do: Make sure there's plenty of booze, and that everyone gets a clearly labeled cup. The Japanese party hostess—a petite woman whose filthy mouth could make Rodney Dangerfield blush—writes insults on guests' cups. Standouts include: George Bush Lover, Britney's Crotch, Used Dildo Licker, and Ocean Spray Drinker. One man gets a Goat Fucker cup, though he insists that "I stopped fucking goats years ago."
Don't: Type "Anne Murray" into Pandora and expect anything resembling a party mix.
Do: Start a dance party. This will ensure that your guests will sweat off a little alcohol, and a Japanese-themed dance floor is a thrilling, funny, hot place to be.
Don't: Start a discussion about who'll get the inheritance from an uncle who isn't even buried yet. Arguments about a dead man's cash kill that good-time party vibe.
Do: Tell guests who are leaving too early that they should "Go suck a newborn infant's penis, you pussy," and then issue a litany of curses in Farsi. The public humiliation might inspire them to stay and have a good time: They'll literally thank you later.
Don't: Party in Maine.
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