How to fill a house party with interesting guests

So here's an idea I've been tossing around for a while. Living in a town where you don't know many people? Always meeting the same crowd at parties? Hoping to widen your social circle? Or maybe you're just lonely and don't have (m)any friends?

Try throwing a party using the invitation format below (click for larger image). It'll be interesting to see who turns up.

Yes, there's the risk that you'll end up with your house being trashed first by strangers and then by the police, but imagine how many people you'd meet!

Sociologically, it would be an interesting experiment. How many of your friends do you think would actually hand out invitations to strangers? How many strangers would accept? What criteria would people use for guest selection? I like to think that my friends are good judges of character, so my party should be populated by people with whom I'd get on well. Maybe.

Well, we'll find out in a couple of weeks at 999 Letsby Avenue (address changed for internet weirdo reasons). Wish me luck.

A note on the invitation itself: Yes, it's ugly, crowded and contains sloppy typography. Thanks for not pointing that out.


  1. How did it turn out?
    I think I'm going to have to steal this idea once we move into a bigger place.

  2. It was a little disappointing, to be honest. Well, the party was great, but we didn't have many strangers turn up at all.

    Possible lesson to be learned: Most people are willing to feign enthusiasm for a random event if they think it will get an eccentric over-friendly stranger to leave them alone.