What makes a good party? Most people would naturally say food and drinks or something that has to do with eating when asked this question. But what happens when you’re trying to throw a party and you aren’t allowed to consume anything? During covid, what did avid party planners do? When people think about holidays and parties, they think of food. Food traditions come from every culture, every family, and every individual. On Thanksgiving, Americans eat turkey and mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, but other food traditions span the world and differ across regions and cultures. Since this crucial element of a party was removed, all planners had to come up with other important components to keep the same energy as a regular party.
On the 27th of August, the student council at Rowland Hall Upper School did an amazing job of planning a fun and lively party that had an impressive turnout; they called this stomp the Beach Bash. After a year of students not being able to attend school dances, student council planned a beach-themed bash to start off the 2021-2022 school year. This bash had no food or beverages but was still incredibly fun. So what did the students who planned it do to make it so great?
First, the music. While there was no in-person DJ, an amazing playlist of popular and fun songs played all night as attendees danced and sang. The night started off slow as groups and individuals arrived but soon got going as Taylor Swift started to blast out of the speakers. Soon there was a massive mob of people jumping and dancing, according to Elisabeth Bocock, an 11th grader at Rowland Hall: “My favorite part of the Beach Bash was definitely the mosh pits.” Once people were settled in and there was a large enough crowd, the party really started to kick off. Soon there were people crowd surfing and breaking out their best dance moves. Leo Martin, a 10th grader, mentioned that his favorite part of the night was “dancing as the sun went down.” Many students mentioned that the ambiance of the night was incredible and lively.
The second thing that made the night memorable was the environment and theme. Since the dance was beach-themed, everyone came wearing Hawaiian shirts and leis. The venue was decorated with blow-up palm trees and crabs. It also had cut-out pictures of ocean animals taped and laid around. As the night went on, there was a brief pause in the chaos, when there was a huge raffle. The raffle included a nice water bottle, Rowland Hall merch, and so on. When asked the question, “ What was the one thing you remember most about the night?” Hayden Megason, a 10th grader, answered, “I loved the giveaway; everyone was so excited and the prizes were amazing!” Once the raffle was over, the mass dancing continued.
Even though there was no food or beverages at the party, every student who attended had an amazing experience. This shows that even though food is considered one of the most important parts of culture and parties, with the right individuals, mentality, music, and theme people can still have fun without provisions.