From Joe College to Joe Schmoe you can always find a variety of people at a party, from the guy who is designated driver to the guy who should have been cut off five drinks ago. We all know the people who keep it classy or go way too trashy when living it up at Fairfield.

Don’t take the free beer with you
The first move that shows if you are keeping it classy when partying it up is how you show up to said party. Everyone has tagged along with a friend of a friend to a party before, not knowing who lives there, memorizing the one name your friend told you. Those who throw the party should always expect uninvited people to show up. But as an uninvited guest, you have to stay classy and try not to draw attention to yourself.

There is nothing worse than five people standing outside a house fighting over who should walk in first, especially when you’re down at the beach, holding solo cups.

Fairfield parties do not have a cover charge, which means that you are there on the party-thrower’s dime. There is nothing more trashy than being the guy pocketing beers on your way out of a party and it is even worse when you don’t know the person living there.

Pack some beers before you leave your place. Don’t steal from a party where the drinks are free.

It may be war, but keep it civil
When it comes to drinking games, most people keep it civil. While’ they may rave about their last great game or subtly mention that they have not been beaten in five weeks, drinking games are meant to be fun.

‘ Feel free to argue about if it is Beirut or Beer Pong, what an Ace is in ‘Kings,’ or even how much beer to fill a cup in ‘Flip cup.’ Always accept the house rules, because that is how to keep it classy. There are, of course, trashy moves when it comes to drinking games, whether it is cheating or cutting the line. There is nothing more scummy than the double-cross-off on the Beirut list, where suddenly the people who just won and the people below are crossed-off in the same stroke, trying to make it look like a drunken mistake.

Finally, everyone likes to play a drinking game, but how many different combinations can you put on a list at once? When your name is on a Beirut list three different times, you might want to start thinking about quitting.

Get out, or at least get out of sight

When it comes to hooking up at parties, there are different levels of classy and trashy. Most will argue the classiest approach is to save it until after the party. This is not high school. You don’t have to get home before your curfew. You are trashy if you hook up in the middle of the party where people must walk by to get to the keg or the bathroom.’

You are certainly trashy when you’re engaged in anything more then kissing. Making out can be okay if it’s done in good taste, when those hands start roving, don’t get a room ‘- just go home. ‘ ‘ ‘

Another slightly less trashy group under chronic hook-up offenders is the people who drink so much that they think they are hidden.’ To all of you, we can still see you behind that book shelf or around the corner even if you are drunk. The classiest approach for the party hook-up is the out of sight approach, whether it be outside where nobody is around or in a bedroom. If you don’t live there, don’t use a bedroom without the owner’s permission. Remember, some one else has to sleep there.

Trashed means being trashy

When it comes to having chugged too many beers or downed to many shots, there are two moves you can make to make to be known as either the classy one or the trashy one.

First, you must realize when it is time to go back home or to let the alcohol take hold and be ‘that guy’ or ‘that girl’. ‘That guy’ typically gets destructive or does stupid things, which usually results in a write-up, a ticket/arrest, a hole in the wall or a broken door. ‘That girl,’ on the other hand, usually sends texts or gets upset.’ Either way, when you think you have reached that point in the night it is best to call a the cab or start dodging Public Safety on the walk back. Otherwise, when you wake up the next morning in a strange townhouse, you better book it before those residents wake up.

Let’s face it, most of us have had that night we want to forget when we were trashy instead of classy, and our friends won’t let us live those times down. But when you go out with the intention to act trashy, you might as well stay in that night.

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