awesome fraternity party

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Do you have any tips/advice/suggestions about hosting successful fraternity parties? We just had a Rave, and the music was great and the lighting was sweet, but for some reason people would wander in and then wander out 10 minutes later.


Great question. My fraternity had this exact problem and we did not know how to solve it.

After a few frustrating parties, a few of us actually sat back and examined what was happening. What we found out was enlightening, and would ensure we never threw a crappy party again. We named our discovery The Base Theory.

So what is The Base Theory?

Quite simply it means that the party will never grow the way it should without a solid base.

What we noticed when we observed our own party is that a ton of people would show up to our parties, but they would be spread out over four or five hours. No one stayed long because there were never that many people there at one time. They assumed the party sucked because there weren’t many people there. Because of this, the party never had a chance to grow.

We realized our problem wasn’t getting people to show up, it was getting people to stay.

That is where The Base Theory was born.

To solve this problem, we had made sure every fraternity brother, their girlfriends and our closest friends were at the house early and they stayed.

As a result, when our first guests showed up, there were 100 or so people at the party already. This number quickly escalated from there because no one left.

It sounds like your fraternity is having the same issue. Focus more on building the base then the actual event. If you follow The Base Theory, then every fraternity party you have will be a success.

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3 thoughts on “How to Make Your Fraternity Party Awesome

  1. Wes – great point. How you set up a space will have a dramatic impact on people’s perception. That is a great tip. Thanks for sharing.

  2. One easy thing that could help here is to manage your space better. If those sparse attendees at the beginning are corralled into a smaller space then the low numbers won’t be so glaring, and this strategy is used all the time by the pros. Big nightclubs clubs will not open up all their rooms/floors for the early parts of the night, and hotels hosting events will commonly serve pre-event cocktails in the lobby and narrow hallways prior to opening up the ballroom/banquet hall for the main event. If you’re stuck with just one big room, get creative and grab those inflatables, folding tables, and furniture with the intention of putting them away if things get too crowded.

  3. Maybe because it’s 2011 and you’re having a rave. Lasers and dubstep is somewhere between 1990 and Jersey Shore.

    That base theory stuff is solid. It sounds like it was invented by Mark Zuckerberg’s fraternity when you say it like that, but it’s still true. However, forcing your chapter and their dates to stay at a party they don’t want to be at is not a strategy I’d endorse.

    A better way to go is have some event hit at a given time. Like a band, DJ, inflatables, whatever. That gets a crowd there at once. If it’s fun they’ll persist, if not they’ll leave.

    Your guys should have fun being around each other no matter what. If that’s not true, you have bigger problems with your chapter than people showing up to a party. Girls should want to hang out with you because of you. If they’re there for the money you dumped on a theme, then you wasted your money.

    What you do beyond that point is all about variety, reputation, and just all around epicness (yes I just made that word up). Be creative, work hard, make something amazing.

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