The Five People You Want There
At every cookout or pool party, there’s the normal cast of characters, but make sure these folks get an invite first:
1. The Grill Captain
If you own a boss backyard but aren’t necessarily into the responsibilities associated with playing the cook role, make sure you invite someone who’s so enamored of their own abilities they almost wouldn’t be able to resist shoving you out of the way even if you did initially assume those duties.
2. The Audiophile
As you get further away from being 15 years old, it gets harder and harder to know things like “What is this year’s Song of the Summer?” and “What are bands that aren’t Franz Ferdinand?” That might be overstating things a bit -- obviously everyone keeps up somewhat -- but when it comes to playing DJ for three to five straight hours, you want someone who’s deeply invested in knowing what is, what was, and what will be up.
3. The Errand Boy
If a true emergency arises, like you’ve run out of beer or the ice has melted, you’ll need someone else to handle running out to pick up more. This person might be spending most of the party inside in front of the TV, because they don’t really like social situations, or sunlight.
4. The Ref
This is a job for that one friend who considers being “late” to work showing up at 9:15 and always brings a bottle of wine to a house party. They like to play fair and will make sure Ron doesn’t step in front of the board during cornhole so you don’t have to be the one who calls Ron out, because it’s not that big a deal. Except it is.
5. The Steadfast Sidekick
At the end of the party, you’re still going to need to peruse the yard for scattered paper plates, so that’s a job for either your ride-or-die or your friend’s new S/O who is really trying to make a good impression. We like her/him!