A party is a social gathering for celebration and recreation. While having some things in common with religious and seasonal festivals, the term "party" usually denotes a smaller gathering for a personal, rather than cultural, occasion even when the occasion is simply that of gaiety.
Parties provide numerous opportunities for social interaction of various kinds, depending on the participants and their understanding of the accepted behavior for a given occasion. As a result, they tend to reinforce cultural and/or counter-cultural standards, though sometimes this is simply by providing a semi-acceptable social context for violating some of those standards.
Party hat toss ceremony on graduation
Types of parties
A birthday party is a celebration that occurs to celebrate the birth of the person being honored. The birthday party is the most celebrated event in the world. As of July 2006 there were approximately 6.525 billion people on Earth. If birthdays were perfectly random in their distribution across the year, and if every person were to celebrate theirs at their exact birth time then there would be a birthday celebration every 0.005 seconds. While a child's party is usually at home and consists of soft drinks and sweet food as well as savory, adults' often take place in clubs with a buffet of savory food and alcohol.
In Western culture, particularly in the United States, birthday parties are often accompanied by colorful decorations. A traditional birthday cake is often served with candles that are to be blown out after a "birthday wish" has been made. This wish is usually kept secret, and represents some desire for the time between the current birthday and the next. While the birthday cake is brought to the table, the song Happy Birthday to You is generally sung. A birthday party may even be an event planned carefully through a special agency or through a party service.
A housewarming party is held on the occasion of moving into a new residence. It is an occasion for the hosts to present their new home to their friends, and sometimes for friends to give gifts to furnish the new home. Housewarming parties are generally informal; usually there are no planned activities besides a possible tour.
Office parties are events held by corporations or businesses often either at the site of the business or in high class venues. These celebrations can coincide with some change the business is making, or the undertaking of a new enterprise that the business wants support or publicity for. Office parties are also credited with boosting the general morale of those employed at the business. This can result in better temperament in the workplace and higher productivity.
A dance party is an event where the main theme of the party involves loud music and dance. Conversation is not an integral part of these parties as those who attend express themselves through their physical movements.
Siegessäule, Love Parade 2001
A spinoff of the standard dance party, the rave involves loud music and dance, is generally counter-cultural in nature, and tends to challenge concepts of what is "proper". The other major difference is that most rave parties involve many people, usually numbering into and above thousands. The largest of these is the Berlin Love Parade, which has hosted over one million people in past years.
A beach party typically involves a bonfire during the night, which is the unifying and central aspect of the gathering. The style of these parties can largely deviate in regard to activities done throughout the duration of the gathering.
A bush party is similar to a beach party, typically centered around a bonfire in the night, often in a secluded area of forest or "bush". The most typical attendee is an outdoor enthusiast or underage drinker.
A dinner party is a social gathering at which people eat dinner together, usually in the hosts own home.
Primarily, a party where cocktails are served and women may choose to wear a cocktail dress. The inventor of the cocktail party is said to be Alec Waugh, who found a need for this pleasant interlude before a dinner party.
Keg Parties, also "Keggers", are parties centered around the consumption of beer which is pumped from a keg into a cup. These parties are popular in the US amongst college students.
A Birthday party celebration
New Year's party
A New Year's Party is usually hosted in a person's house on New Year's Eve to celebrate the changing of the calendar. Champagne is a traditional beverage served. Many hotels, bars, and restaurants also sponsor New Year's Parties, and hand out gift bags that include funny hats, streamers, balloons, and noisemakers used before and after the countdown to the new year. Famous New Years party television shows include Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve and Hootenanny.
In the United States and the United Kingdom the term house party refers, typically, to a type of party where large groups of people get together at a designated house, mainly for the purpose of consuming alcoholic beverages.
A party in which many people get together and have sexual intercourse. Can also include swingers parties.
A cast party is a celebration following the last performance of a theatrical event, such as an opera, musical, or play. It may also take place following the end of shooting for a motion picture, where it is also known as a wrap party, or following the final episode of a television series for the season. The party is often exclusive to the performers and crew members, with a smaller number of guests who did not themselves participate in the performance. Cast parties are traditional for almost all acted performances, including amateur events such as highschool plays.
The popular comedy program Saturday Night Live is well known for having a cast party after the taping of every episode.
Traditional parties such as the English tea party or the modern cocktail party, are social gatherings within a fairly formal, or at least stylized, atmosphere. These parties often have roots in tradition which can be regional, cultural, or specific to a single family. Religious celebrations like the Jewish Brit milah and the coming of age celebration of B'nai Mitzvah are usually accompanied by a traditional party.
After the party
Internationally celebrated parties
New years eve party Las-Vegas 2001
General celebratory parties
Parties may be thrown to celebrate personal events, such as:
Parties focused on a specific interest
Types of partiers
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