- Law: Set at a proper club with legitimate bouncers, people checking IDs at the door, multiple bartenders, excellent sound system. Nic: Set in a forest maintenance shed off a gravel road off a little-used long driveway, some chick taking tickets/cash on the gravel road, open kegs and bags of wine floating about (people bringing their own mugs or glass jars), a low-key DJ.
- Law: 65% men. Nic: 80% women.
- Law: students only. Nic: a prof showed up with a bottle of Jack as part of his costume -- he apparently stayed all the way til 2am.
- Law: proper bathrooms at the facility. Nic: one porta-potty ("it's actually clean and fully stocked with toilet paper!") but most people just went in the woods or around the back of the maintenance shed.
- Law: I already knew virtually everyone there. Nic: I had only previously met 5 of the attendees.
So how to have a great time at parties? Even at the Nic party, where I knew next to nobody, I had a BLAST!
- I had decided in advance that I was going to be in a great, happy, indefatigable mood.
- I didn't care what people thought of me when I was mingling with strangers who didn't particularly welcome me into their little dance circles. That's cool!
- I laughed ALL THE TIME, just a fun, why-not laugh, head thrown back in glee!
- If I saw someone in a great costume or just really well-dressed or good looking (men and women) I'd say so! I'd walk right up and say "you look aMAZing!" and make happy eye-contact and laugh and prance!
- I didn't talk to anyone for too long in a row, always just flitting around and coming back and bouncing off and laughing back.
- If someone invited me to dance in a different corner, or go get a drink just then, or step to a quieter part of the place, etc, I said yes! People love it when you take them up on offers!