How To Throw a Room Party At Anime Conventions (2023 Edition)
Gotta love room parties at anime cons! Where else can you walk in on a degenerate white girl dressed up as Princess Zelda snorting cocaine off her key, a Marianne cosplayer from Fire Emblem: Three Houses grinding her ass on a Bojack Horseman cosplayer while he’s throwing money at her, or flirt and hook up with a chick who’s dressed up as Asuka who just happens to be more mentally ill and fucked up in the head then Asuka herself.
Don’t get me wrong: anime cons are fun and they’re great! But, for us otaku who wanna let loose and mingle over drinks (and other…”items”), room parties are great for us!
However, what if I said there’s more to gain by hosting your own party?
Don’t know how to? Well, I got the perfect room party hosting guide just for you! This video will cover how to select the right hotel type for your party, what type of alcohol and mixers you need, how to promote, how to create and enforce rules, and much more!
So, if that sounds great to you, let’s get right into that!
Choosing the right hotel is key to hosting a successful room party. If you (and your crew) can afford to, book an extra room designated as the party room only.
Why? Two things.
First: your roommates who don’t party will have a quiet sleeping/resting quarters that is separate from the party room. Second: If you find yourself hooking up with someone, you might want that room after the party for…well, let me have David Banner explain:
(Look, let’s be honest: Those types of activities happen at anime conventions because of after-parties – let’s not lie. Some of you got con babies. )
Where should you host your party at?! Good question, as the location of your party will be important. Conventions will have multiple hotels where attendees will be housed for the weekend. Some hotels work best for parties and networking. Others work well for those who need some rest for the day. You may have hotels that don’t mind the partying as long as you’re respectful to other guests. From this, you can determine where you want to host your party; such as the main hotel of the convention or secondary hotel(s) in the surrounding areas.
I recommend the main hotel or hotels of the convention as they will house most of the con attendees. This doesn’t mean that the main hotel is the be-all-end-all for your partying needs. Sometimes, the secondary hotels will have advantages over the main hotel such as larger rooms for parties such as suites.
If the convention’s host hotel has a dedicated floor/wing for parties, it’s best to take advantage of that. You may have to pay a little extra, but it’ll be worth it: as you don’t have to worry about disturbing others who don’t party.
For those planning to host a party at a convention that doesn’t allow room parties, don’t worry! If you want to host one in secret, request a room on either end of the hall on the floor you’re on. Bonus, if you can, request a room on a higher floor.
Well, rooms near the end of the hall and/or on the higher floors tend to have less people around you (as people don’t want to wait on the elevators). Therefore, this decreases the likelihood of someone filing a noise complaint against you. No noise complaint means you can party all night without fear of being evicted from your room (I hope you have a secret, private room nearby just in case.)
That said, let’s explore room types and let’s see what room type works best for you and your party.
Depending on the hotel, you’ll have a select few options to choose from for your party: such as king-size rooms, suites, and so forth. Let’s go over them!
Double/Twin Rooms: Best for smaller groups, kickbacks, and chill sessions. Fit up to 6-10 people. If using connecting rooms you can double this to 12-20 people.
King Size Room: Best for medium-to-large groups. Ideal for medium kick-backs, chill sessions, and smaller parties. Can fit up to 10-15 people depending on the room size. If using connecting rooms you can double this to 20-30 people.
Suites/Conference Bedrooms: Best for large groups. Ideals for large parties. Can fit up to 25-30 people. IF using connecting rooms you can double this up to 50-60 people.
(WARNING: probably won’t sit well with hotel staff unless you’re on/in a party floor/wing.)
That said, let’s move on!
The job of a host is to provide as much hospitality as possible. Greet everyone with a smile. Show them respect. Make them feel comfortable and welcome. This means cleaning the room hours before the party and throughout it, having liquor, juices, soda, food, and water available (which I will cover later), and being kind to your guests (this doesn’t mean you should tolerate and allow their bullshit and let them disrespect you, however – its YOUR room and room party). Talk to as many of your guests as possible. Be friendly. Trust me, doing these things will earn you repeat and new visitors for future parties.
Party fouls happen. It’s unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t clean up (plus, you don’t want cleaning fees on your bill). Cleaning supplies will help you in the long run, and plus, cleaning goes hand-in-hand with hospitality.
Here is what you’ll need:
Trashbags: Hotel trash bags are small, weak, and will overflow quick. You want something that’s heavy-duty, like Hefty trash bags. 5-10 heavy-duty trash bags should be more than enough for your party (you could get away with 7 bags, honestly, depending on the size of the party). Tie a trash bag on the door to make things easier for everyone.
Paper Towels: Paper towels are a godsend for messes. Get something strong and absorbent like Brawny or Bounty.
Dish Soap: For difficult stains. Plus the best dish soap smells good.
Disinfection Wipes (with bleach): Great way to kill germs and reduce con plague from unwashed, unhealthy virgin nerds.
Febreze: Because people don’t fucking shower at conventions.
Having these simple cleaning products will help you in the long run. You don’t need everything on the list, but it’s useful to have at least trash bags, dish soap, and paper towels on standby.
FOOD AND DRINKS:
What’s a party without food or drinks? A rather boring one, run by a host who’s most likely a freeloader, expecting others to bring things but not providing anything in exchange. Nobody likes those types of people. You gotta have your own set of food and drinks at your party.
While it may not be important nor does it matter, it’s best to understand your party’s demographic so that you can cater to them. Example: Us Black folks, we like basic things like regular old beer and dark liquor. The classics, you know. We’re not into these weird ass ales, IPAs micro-brews, mend, and whatever the fuck you goofy white nerds like. Women tend to like fruitier drinks and wine. You want to be well-rounded when it comes to your alcohol selection for the party.
Here is what you’ll need:
Alcohol (DISCLAIMER: DO NOT SERVE ANYONE UNDER 21! IF YOU ARE SERVING ALCOHOL DON’T EVEN RUN THE RISK OF ALLOWING ANYONE UNDERAGED AT YOUR ROOM PARTY. Seriously, you may have not served them liquor at your room party, but what if they’re already intoxicated, your room gets busted, and the police/hotel/con staff sees said intoxicated minor in your room with all the liquor you got in your room? You’re fucked.)
Cases of beer. Get a couple of 24 or 36-packs. Go for different types of packs (meaning flavor, brands, etc.)
4-10 Bottles of plain Vodka
2-5 bottles of (fruit) flavored vodka/rum (pineapple, mango, raspberry, etc.)
4-10 Bottles of plain White Rum
2-5 bottles of fruit-flavored white rum (pineapple, mango, coconut, etc.)
3-7 Bottles of Dark Rum
2-5 bottles of Whiskey
2-3 bottles of tequila
1-2 bottles of gin
1-3 bottles of Triple Sec
1-3 bottle of Schnapps
2-5 bottles of Liqueur (Peach, Sour Apple, Midori, coffee, etc.)
1 bottle of Rumchata (or other similar alcohol)
2-7 bottles/box of red wine
2-7 bottles/box of white wine
(Other wines, such as Moscato, are great choices)
Sweet and Sour Mix
(Personal opinion, but a lot of fruit-flavored sodas excluding lemon-lime soda are horrible to use when it comes to mixing them with alcohol. They wind up tasting too sugary and syrupy when mixed with alcohol. I suggest using juices made with REAL fruit and Liqueur when mixing. Also, soda and juices are good to have for those who aren’t drinkers)
2-3 cases (s) of 24-36 packs of bottled water
It is also a good idea to buy bags of ice to cool your drinks. I say bags because you really don’t wanna go back and forth to the ice machine of the hotel. That’ll get annoying quick.
On the food end, pizza and chicken wings work well. You can order 1-3 pounds of wings and 5 boxes of cheap pizza for an entire party. Convince partygoers to put in on the food. Don’t let others mooch off your shit. Adjust for room party size.
Nobody will come to your party if they’re unaware. You must promote it. Create a Facebook event (IF YOU ARE HOSTING THE PARTY AT A PARTY FRIENDLY CON. OTHERWISE DON’T BE BOLD AND OPEN WITH THE FACEBOOK INVITES BECAUSE CON STAFF MAY DISCOVER THE EVENT AND SHUT DOWN YOUR PARTY ). Speak to people at the convention who you know and sense love to party. Networking is key. Now, if room partying is against hotel rules, keep it on the low. Only tell a very select few people that you can trust.
Besides, you don’t want your party shut down because you let the wrong people in. Been there. That shit sucks.
As a host, you gotta have rules and enforcement. Yeah, parties can be chaotic, that’s a given. But you need to lay down some rules and have order to ensure a safe and happy party for you and your guests.
My general rules:
- Respect the host, the room, the guest, and the host’s friends.
- Don’t be a creep and make others uncomfortable
- Don’t fuck/sleep on my/our bed
- Don’t steal. You steal you’re getting your ass beat and booted.
- Keep noise at a reasonable level to prevent noise complaints.
- No smoking unless it’s a smoking floor, a 420-friendly hotel, etc. Also, you match me. I’ll match you too.
- No one under 21 in your room if you’re providing alcohol. If someone appears intoxicated, give them water/food and cut them off from drinking.
Just simple universal rules that should work. You can add your own rules for your party depending on the nature.
You and your friends need to enforce the rules and make sure people are acting and behaving in a matter that respects you, your friends/roommates, the room, and other guests. Select up to 4 people to act as rule enforcers when people get too unruly. They don’t need to be Top Flight Security or some dickhead mall cops but make sure these people have the backbone to confront people when they get out of line/disrespectful and you need to restore order.
You don’t necessarily need to kick someone out ASAP if they broke a minor rule, but there are some actions that warrant someone to be IMMEDIATELY removed from the party.
1. Someone saying white supremacist/racist comments.
2. Physical/sexual assault of the host, guest, or others
I’m gonna say something controversial and politically incorrect, but fuck it: Have MEN as your enforcers. Not some cornball dudes in schoolgirl, maid, or femboy outfits*. Bonus if they’re normies or street dudes who don’t play around because the nerds won’t play with them.
Hope these tips help! Feel free to apply them to your own parties. Be safe and have fun this con season! If you have any suggestions and advice, please post them in the comments section below!
*Then again, maybe you do need them because who’s gonna admit they got their ass whooped by some dudes dressed up like women for stealing shit at a geek convention? That’d be embarrassing.