An Introvert’s Survival Guide to Parties

Being an introvert doesn’t necessarily mean you are shy and hate going to parties… but I, for one, hate going to huge parties because it’s just a lot of noise, people I don’t know and normally won’t hang out with, awkward small talk–and the list can go on forever.

However, there are times when it is necessary to attend such parties, so I have compiled a list to help my fellow introverts survive such occasions!

guide to parties

Stick by the food

I, as a self-claimed glutton, proudly announce that the only thing I would look forward to would be the free food. Going to a party might not be so bad if you focus on the fact that you can go there to gorge on delicious treats and unhealthy snacks. Stick to the table of refreshments because you would look more natural doing something, like constantly digging into the bowl of chips. Plus, while you’re there, the watering hole of the jungle, you may find peers you could relate to and chat with about the nacho cheese. If conversations get stale, well, at least the chips won’t as you shovel them into your mouth.

Find the pet

If there is a pet to be found–go find it, be it a cat or a dog or the python not allowed out of its cage in the basement. Okay, maybe not that last one. But let us hope that the host is an animal lover who would love for their pet to join the party under your watchful eye. Snuggle with the cat if the honorable beast bestows upon you such great an honor or play with the all-too-willing dog. Stay away from the python. You will look like you’re doing something and you’ll technically be socializing… just… not with people. Animals are the best companions, after all!

Cling onto one person

Let’s say your host is a terrible person with no pets. The alternative would be to cling to one person. We all know the drill. If you are able to find a mutual friend to attend the party with–great! Stick to that person’s side like I would to a waiter with a tray of pigs in a blanket, my new best friend. If you–the horror!–weren’t able to find a friend to go with or failed to bump into someone you know whilst there, your mission now becomes to find just that one person you click with to turn into your bestie for the night. In any crowd, there has to be at least one person you could talk to without wanting to melt into a puddle to slip away a la Alex Mack. Find the one, and never leave their side. No one can get a restraining order within a night. Remember this. But also… don’t be a creep.

Get breaths of fresh air

If it gets too stuffy and suffocating inside, then step outside for a breath of fresh air. Some people like to chill outside, maybe on the balcony or backyard, to chat with friends in a more quiet setting. Perhaps they are all the introverts. If so, you have found your people. Either way, it will likely be more peaceful out there, and you could recharge before heading back in. You could even offer to take the dog on a walk, so long as your friend trusts you not to run away with it. After all, the dog’s got to go eventually, right? Take these opportunities to collect your thoughts and brace yourself for the rest of the night. Let the air refresh you!

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Sit with your phone charging

Your phone is your best friend if you have no other options. Sit by an outlet with your phone, acting like the battery is beyond terrible so you need it plugged in and can’t just leave it there unattended. Put on a nonchalant, rather stoic, facial expression so no one will approach you. Rather, they would think you have very important texting to do (when you’re really just playing interactive story apps and hoping no one will come up behind you to judge you). After a while you can pretend you got an emergency text and depart the party, which leads to..

Fake an emergency and leave

“Oh no… I think I left my oven on, farewell,” and flee the scene. There are lots of excuses you can use here, like saying your sister suddenly needs you to watch her kids–or if you’re really desperate, saying you have the runs so you got to run. Must have been something in that nacho cheese. If you really want to be prepared beforehand, you could even tell your friend in advance that you will have to leave at a certain time. This way, you’ve created a way out for yourself without having to come up with an excuse on the go. To be extra prepared, let’s say you’re actually enjoying the party–make sure that the escape route you created ahead of time can be cancelled so you could stay longer.

Ideally, stick by the food with the new dog you’ve adopted and your new bestie chained to your side at the outdoor buffet table near an outlet for your phone to charge while you wait for a fake emergency call you’ve scheduled with that new app you found

Sounds pretty damn perfect to me!

For some reason, I always looked forward to my thirties when I would have classy dinner parties, though. Those don’t seem too bad…

Do you have any other tips for people to survive–or even enjoy–a party? Let me know in the comments below!


gallantly gal



  1. Nat

    April 9, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Lol! XD I would so be the person either charging my phone and trying to look nonchalantly busy or I go for the cute pet while shoving food in my mouth.

    1. gallantly gal

      April 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      Yesss haha that’s the way to SURVIVE

  2. Bry Jaimea

    April 9, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    The secret is to HOST the party so it’s only peple you know! 😂😂

    1. gallantly gal

      April 9, 2018 at 11:36 pm

      OMG haha but that opens up a whole new set of problems xD actually part of the reason I would love to have my own place is to host little get-togethers like that 😉

      1. Bry Jaimea

        April 10, 2018 at 12:59 pm

        I used to love hosting little get togethers will carefully chosen people, home made food, and a few glasses of wine! Now I live in a city with no friends though so it makes it a wee bit harder haha

        1. gallantly gal

          April 10, 2018 at 3:43 pm

          Yeah! Those sound very nice. Aw, you have no friends nearby and I have no place of my own for these get togethers xD

  3. Roacilynn

    April 10, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I am that friend who sneaks off early everytime, lol. I don’t even say bye. I just disappear after a couple of hours. My good friends understand. Extended ones don’t get it. Oh well 🙂

    1. gallantly gal

      April 10, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      Ohh haha nice! I always feel like I have to say bye, even though I dread it because I know they will try to get me to stay like all hosts do and I’m just like LEAVE ME ALOOONE

  4. alexa

    April 11, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Loved this!! These are great tips I wish I would have seen this when I was in school and didn’t want to go to a party I was dragged too. Worst case none of these work there’s always shots 😉

    1. gallantly gal

      April 12, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Haha thank you!! Being dragged to parties is the worst xD I would probably just put on Alessia Cara’s “Here” and pretend to shoot an MV in the corner

  5. Alexis

    April 12, 2018 at 12:19 am

    This was really funny! I can totally agree with you on most of these especially the FOOD (YES, GIMME ALL THE CHIPS AND DIP) and the PETS!! ❤️ This was a great read.

    1. gallantly gal

      April 12, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Thank you! YES chips and dip are the best! I’m glad you enjoyed 😀

  6. Mel

    July 31, 2018 at 3:01 am

    Yes! All of this! Although, I feel awkward just hanging around the snack table, so I will often grab a drink and find a dark, out-of-the-way spot, and drink and watch people. I find that parties are much more enjoyable when someone comes up to me and strikes a conversation that lasts more than just a couple of minutes. And I always come up with some reason to leave early and get home to a book and cup of tea!

    1. gallantly gal

      August 7, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      True! You could get some good people watching done at parties. I’m the type to head out early, too, if I even go to an outing xD

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