People Describe The Most Underrated Things You Can Bring To A Party
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I know some of you haven't been to a party since 2020 ... and if you're like me you didn't really do them before that, either.

As the world starts to open back up, it's very possible that you're going to be invited to a party.

DO NOT PANIC.

I know socialization can be awkward, but it's going to be okay.

One way to ensure social success is to be the person who brings the cool thing to the party. What "the cool thing" is really depends. It could be anything, but I'm not about to leave you stranded without ideas.

Again, DO NOT PANIC.

We've got Reddit.


Reddit user GoldGorilla asked:

"What's an underrated thing to bring to a party?"

Take a look at what these people had to say.

The Best Sandwiches

"At my daughter's 15th bday party, some kid showed up with a heavy looking backpack."

"I immediately assumed it was full of beer and was watching him carefully. Nope, freeze packs and ice cream sandwiches for an outdoor party in July."

"That kid is going places."

- handsoffmypublicland

"I got married at an outdoor campout wedding at the end of July. We had ice cream sandwiches instead of wedding cake. It went over really well."

- ebb_omega

"Did a summer party with a Costco box of frozen treats (ice cream sandwiches, fudge pops, those drumstick cones) and have never seen such glee from grown ass adults."

- maggiebear

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Everything Is Warm

"Ice!"

"I’ve never met anybody under 40 other than myself who brings ice to anything. People seriously undervalue it when you show up with it, too, then everyone realizes how useful it is over the night."

- doomer_irl

"It helps so much. I don't walk into a party without a iced down cooler of my own and a extra bag or two of ice for the party."

"After my last bad breakup I started throwing massive drunken dance parties a few times a year. At least two people a night would bring ice without being asked."

"We had two slushie machines and the floor would be a STICKY MESS the next morning, but someone would always mop it without being asked because there are still rad people in the world - and rad people bring ice and help clean up."

- jamesholden

"I like to bring a huge sack of ice."

"I’m amazed at the lack of ice at many parties. Just a tiny bag in the cooler, not even enough to cover drinks - and none to actually put in drinks."

- MacShi9

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Salami Hero

"Giant 6-ft submarine sandwich."

"I once brought one to a party and arrived right as the attendees finished a round of bong hits. They treated me like I was Jesus Christ himself."

"Which, honestly, I was okay with because carrying that thing wasn't fun."

"Me and my ex bought it in a shop in Carroll Gardens, BK because they are famous for amazing sandwiches (think Satriale's in the Sopranos). We then grabbed another friend who helped us to gently carry it into the subway to go 3 stops."

"Getting it into the small elevator where the party was held was probably the most precarious since we had to gingerly hold it vertically while we were going up."

"In the end, it was a worthwhile venture. I didn't really know anyone at the party and made a few friends who still refer to me as 'salami hero.' "

- fulthrottlejazzhands

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Games

"I knew a guy who always brought a good card game. Always had something new, but easy for a big group to learn quickly and everyone always had a good time."

"He always brought different ones, I don’t remember them all and I haven’t seen him in years (I moved) but I remember one called something like “We Didn’t Even Playtest This” or something."

"Fun game to play towards the end of the night. It’s just totally random and the point of the game is to break the game."

- barbaramillicent

"My favorite is Snake Oil."

"It’s a little like Cards Against Humanity - everyone takes turns to choose a type of customer (for example, caveman) and then the other players have to pitch a product (for example, a beard comb)."

"Customer chooser picks funniest one they like the best."

- soapyrubberduck

"Snake oil gets better the more you commit to it."

"My wife and I have a reasonable costume closet. It happens after a short career as a cosplayer , den fair attendant, Halloween enthusiast."

"We opened the costume closet and kept playing allowing people to use costumes from the closet. It got so funny after that."

"If you take it too seriously it’s not fun but otherwise it’s great."

- enter360

"I love this!! What a clever way to bring everyone together"

- funlovingfirerabbit

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Stuff From Work?

"My roommates and I had a party in college. Some random friend of a friend quit his job at KFC that night and came over late."

"He brought like 6 buckets of chicken, huge trays full of sides and biscuits, and even a bunch of their chocolate cakes for dessert."

"That dude was a legend and the hero of the party."

- ghostnthegraveyard

"I worked at Panera in high school, and would often take home bags of pastries and bread because they got tossed in the trash at the end of the night."

"I showed up at friends’ houses and parties with them, they loved it. My best friend’s mom still reminisces about it whenever I see her over a decade later."

- Rosenblattca

"I lived in a party house, and two of my roommates worked at Little Caesars. They'd come home from work with pizzas with a "hidden fish" where one slice would have a pile of anchovies under the toppings."

"We'd be standing around eating and one person would start gagging."

- HitchhikingCats

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The Goat

"Bringing things are cool and fun, but usually almost everyone brings something. The real move, and way to get on the hosts good side and most likely invited back is help with clean up."

"Most people party and make a mess and dip when time to clean comes. Don't be that party person."

"Be the partier who wakes up the next morning, and starts cleaning. Nothing crazy, just get a trash bag and clean up trash, place dishes in sink/dishwasher, clean up spills."

"DO NOT clean personal items/rooms unless asked to do so."

"Basic cleaning is barely ever done by the people who enjoy the party all night without having to take any responsibility. You will be loved/noticed/and in the future, invited back."

"Remember in the eyes of the Host, the one who helps clean is the Goat."

- T-Jenks

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Waffle Rolls

"Waffle iron and uncooked cinnamon rolls."

"I did this once and the whole place loved me. Especially the drunkzillas. Good times."

- amjenn4x

"Just seen a guy do this on Guys Grocery Games and it blew all the judges minds"

- killittoliveit

"My partner uses a Foreman Grill. I was amazed at how well they came out. I am no longer an oven-exclusive cinnamon roll snotbag."

- fragbert66

"Yes, this is so good. Every part of the roll is both crispy on the outside and gooey in the middle."

- GtheH

"Lol my wife did this once but spent the whole party stuck making waffles. I think she regretted it."

- popple-winward856

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Bad Breath

"A breathalyzer."

"Before the pandemic hit, there was some guy who would always bring one to every party."

"He had some drinking game associated with it and would double as a way to know who needs a couch, an Uber, a buddy for the sidewalk, a buddy for the bus or just fine by themselves to walk home."

- _Username-Invalid_

"My husband told me his party group used to do that too!"

"The 'winner' would get their cab paid for by everyone else lol"

- JCtheWanderingCrow

"I'm the breathalyzer guy in my group!!!"

- teenytinytap

"Same - had a bright pink one"

- CrossXFir3

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Getting Creative

"One of my friends always used to bring different giant stuffed animals for people to take pictures with."

"By the end of the night he’d have a collage made that he’d give to the host. He got pretty creative with the animals and even started making backdrops too."

"Our themed parties were a ton of fun and everybody loved the pictures."

- Edge80

"When I was a kid, me and my sister had this giant Pikachu pillow we used to pretend was boys we liked and tried to make each other kiss. (It was a girl thing)"

"Fast forward we're all adults now. One of our friends got married so we brought the Pikachu pillow for the photo booth."

"Pikachu was the hit of the party! We have pictures of the bride's 90 yo grandma dancing with Pikachu!"

- crap_whats_not_taken

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Protein Powder?

"Ok I can not stress this enough: Fat and protein makes you be able to drink more alcohol without puking or getting drunk."

"Just buy 30 bucks worth of protein powder and mix it with yogurt or something like milk. Is a true live saver, especially if you are young and not as experienced."

- maskedjam

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Layers Of Yes

"Real talk, a lasagna."

"My girlfriend's parents bought a couple massive lasagnas for her family birthday party a few years back when we were seniors in college. After that party we went back to my apartment for a surprise party with a few dozen people."

"Her dad came by an hour later and dropped off the leftovers. It was all gone by 3am."

- InvalidKoalas

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Sweet and Succulent

"Fruit. Succulent fruit."

"Whether you’re drunk, stoned, tripping or all of the above, fruit is delicious and refreshing."

"I'm talking fruit that bursts in your mouth Think pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, maybe some grapes."

- Cagey_Cret1n

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Snakes At A Party

"Snakes, and I base this off of a true story from when I was, like, twenty-one(?)"

"Anyway, my friend hosted a backyard pool party and despite the large number of attendees, it was pretty tame (or about as tame as a backyard full of early twenty-somethings can be). For the first little while, I remember feeling a sense of complacency."

"I wanted some weird sh*t to go down or something. Nothing bad but like... something."

"There's always that one (or more) memorable aspect of a party and I found myself looking for it. A certain je ne sais quoi."

"As if answered by God himself, in comes this motherf*cker with three snakes."

"According to him they had just finished feeding and were prime for non-hostile greeting and interaction with humans. They were also pretty friendly in general so it wouldn't have been much of a big deal even if they were a little hungry."

"In terms of length, I'd give them a few feet each, and they were sharp and sleek-looking with names like bullet and red-stripe. Y'know. Snake sh*t."

"Anyway, I knew the guy in question to be a snake breeder but I didn't think he'd bring actual f*cking snakes to a party. He did, though, and he commanded the night."

"Absolutely nutty."

- PeanutButterCrisp

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Uncoordinated Mastery

"Glow in the dark hula hoops."

"People never stop trying to master mine no matter how uncoordinated they are."

- slavicgypsygirl

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Pink Drink

"Pink fireball."

"I’ve met people who go crazy over fireball and the one time, this one girl got really excited that I had pink fireball with me and we had a blast."

"And pink Whitney vodka, pink moscato wine, so on and so forth."

"Rule of thumb is if you bring a pink colored drink to a party and there are at least a few girls there, it will be gone in the first half hour. So plan accordingly."

- juicycannoli

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A Huge Hit

"A giant Rice Krispie treat!"

"Line your biggest stockpot with plastic wrap. Mix up several batches of RKTs, and pack them into the pot until it's full."

"Lift it out of the pot, set it on the table, stick a knife into it, and let others cut off as much or as little as they want."

"Always a huge hit."

- 58532569086897

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Always Prepared

"I actually pack spare condoms, some menstrual products, some aspirin and a water bottle, just to have it if anyone needs it."

- Sufficient-Ranger474

"This is just for anywhere, but I always carry band-aids and ointment in my purse. It came in handy for other people and myself."

"Also a fresh pair of underwear because you never know."

- scouche

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What Super Bowl?

"I once showed up to a Super Bowl party with an Ikea tote bag full of board/card games (in addition to a crockpot full of sweet and sour meatballs that were, admittedly, the star of the food table)."

"For some reason it didn't click in my mind until I got there that people might want to actually watch the Super Bowl at a Super Bowl party instead of play games, and I felt kind of silly for bringing them at first."

"Evidently, they didn't. By halftime, everyone was playing board games and ignoring the football game and it was the best Super Bowl party ever."

- somewanderer_13

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What NOT To Bring

"Just don't be the acoustic guitar guy"

- haystackofneedles

"I don't mean to sound rude, I love the sound of guitars but the "guitar guy" that just out of the blue starts singing and playing in a group makes me uncomfortable"

- menchii

"My old roommate was the guy with the guitar until we had to have an intervention. Showing him all the memes made him realize it wasn't as endearing as he thought."

- xxkoloblicinxx

"I know a guy who brought an acoustic guitar to a party. A party with a live band. He was not in the band."

- Arctic_Puppet

"Someone whipping out their guitar and singing will suddenly dominate the party and attract all attention. You can't play beer pong like you were just doing or carry on a conversation so it just kills that whole vibe."

"Leave it for campfires."

- Rolten

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Let's do a quick overview:

  • Bring dope snacks.
  • AND ICE.
  • Be ready to help clean up.
  • Do not bring a guitar.

You're ready.

Go have some fun, champ!


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