The Master Plan
• Parties are best held on a Friday or Saturday, especially if you have neighbours who work or have young children.
• It’s smart to stay on the right side of your neighbours. Tell them when you are having a party. Giving them an invitation and/or bottle of wine may help. Suggest a time when you should be turning down the music. Give them your mobile number if you would rather they contact you and not Police.
• Find out where people sleep in your neighbour’s house. If their bed is next to your living room wall, try to find somewhere else for the speakers.
• Position your speakers on stands with foam (or empty boxes) to prevent the vibrations going through the floor.
• Lock away all valuables, breakables and possible beer trophies in one of the bedrooms.
• If you don’t have a doorbell, don’t leave the door open, give out your mobile number when inviting people. It’s easier letting friends in than removing gatecrashers.
• Collect different taxi numbers, preferably companies that ring back, and put them in a visible place. (Inside the front door?).
• Put bin bags around the house to make tidying up the next day easier.
• Keep your doors and windows shut. (Keep the noise in.)
• Suggest somewhere indoors where your guests can watch for their taxis to arrive.
• Ask taxi drivers and food/booze deliveries NOT to toot their horns when they arrive.
The Post Mortem
• Cleaning up outside is as important as cleaning up inside. Pick up all beer cans, take-away boxes, drunken people etc. from your garden – and your neighbour’s.
• If you feel your neighbours might have been disturbed, apologise.