Scouted: How to Survive Holidays at a Friend's House squib

Swinging by your friend’s place for a quick gab during the week can feel like coming home. But during the holidays, an atmosphere that at once felt so familiar is now decked out with blinding lights, abuzz with people you may or may not know, and roaring with music that can feel like either, well, music to your ears or nails on a chalkboard. That’s why it’s crucial to come prepared.

Provide the entertainment

I once threw a party where some guy opened a beer bottle with his nipple. Now, I’m not saying that’s not an impressive LinkedIn-worthy party trick, but it’s not for everyone. Don’t be that guy. Instead, come prepared with a game or two that’ll get different social groups mingling like the What Do You Meme? Party Game and The Drinking Games of Chanukah.

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