What Makes a Good Party: Advice From 1950

"The purpose of a party is to have fun." This archival film shows you how.

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If you are planning a New Year's Eve party, or planning on attending one, you may be asking yourself: what makes a good party?

This 1950 instructional film from the Prelinger Archive answers that question and more. It follows a young woman planning festivities in honor of her older brother's return from college while a narrator delivers helpful hints along the way.

Tips for hosts: Plan your party around a purpose. Choose your guests carefully. Plan for entertainment and refreshments. Practice to be a skillful host. Make sure the party is fun for everyone.

Tips for guests: Be on time, ready for fun. Take part in the party. Help everyone around you to have a good time. Leave on time, and courteously, too, thanking your host sincerely for the good time you had.

Charades, anyone?

For more from the Prelinger Archive, visit https://archive.org/details/prelinger.

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Katherine Wells is an associate video producer at The Atlantic. More

Wells was formerly a producer of WNYC's Freakonomics Radio and NPR's Science Friday.
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