Whether you’re ditching a shit party, kicked out of the club or coming home from your formal–an after party is usually on the cards. If you’re planning on offering up your backyard to your mates that aren’t ready to go home, here’s a couple of things to keep in mind.

1. Drinking games

Here’s a handy little list for you to help get you started on drinking games. Kings Cup is always a winner, so is beer pong. Eventually you’ll probably find yourself sitting on those shitty green plastic chairs with a group of people playing never have I ever or you might end up having a dnm with a random you’ve barely spoken to before. Whatever happens, drinking games are a solid way to get everyone drinking and talking with minimal effort.

2. Food

Even if you send someone out on a maccas run or get everyone to chuck in for some pizzas, make sure you’ve got a way to feed people who are going to be too drunk to drive out and buy their own food.

3. Music

Find someone you trust to be in charge of music. A wireless speaker is handy for this situation, so whoever is controlling the music doesn’t have to leave their phone lying around and it’s easy to skip dud songs, so ask around and see if any of your mates can lend you one. Otherwise, just make a playlist full of bangers and get an AUX cord to whatever speakers you have.

4. Be ready for vomit

Have some plastic bags or buckets ready to go and direct people who aren’t looking great to a bush in the garden or an area that can be easily hosed. There’s nothing worse than waking up the next day to find someone’s thrown up in the sink and it’s up to you to clean it up.

5. Have at least one deso in the house

Not only is it handy to have someone sober to keep an eye on things but it also has the added benefit of being able to get rid of people who are getting too messy. If your parents aren’t home, the mum of your group can usually do this or get your brother who has his licence to hang around in case someone needs a lift.