Case Study: How to Throw A Legal Project X Party


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There have been tons of awesome house party movies over the years, but the latest and greatest has to be 2012’s Project X. Damn, so those kids know how to have a good time!

So if you’re in the mood for getting rowdy with a few hundred of your close friends and a bunch of people you’ve never met before, here’s the ultimate Project X case study.

We’re about to cover everything from booze, DJs, destruction and midgets, so hold on to your seats cause it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Now let’s get it on!

Project X Agenda:

  1. The Game Changer
  2. Trusty HD Video Cam
  3. Booze (and other substances)
  4. Activities (That don’t involved getting naked…)
  5. DJ’s & Dance Floor
  6. Security
  7. Hot Chicks

Firstly, let’s chat a bit about the movie. If you’ve never watched Project X, then that’s the first thing on your to-do list. Here’s a little rundown of the film to get you in the know:

“Project X” follows three seemingly anonymous high school seniors as they attempt to finally make a name for themselves. Their idea is innocent enough: let’s throw a party that no one will forget…but nothing could prepare them for this party. Word spreads quickly as dreams are ruined, records are blemished and legends are born. “Project X” is a warning to parents and police everywhere.

Or better yet, take a look at the trailer. It’s ridiculously awesome!

PARENTAL ADVISORY STRONGLY NOT RECOMMENDED

Project X is a parent’s worst nightmare, whether you’re taking it to cinematic extremes or not, so we strongly advise that this bash stay among youthful circles.

But hey, if your parents are party animals that love a good ol’ time, then bring ‘em along! Just be sure to warn them about the pure awesomeness that will be going down. If you’re planning to throw this shindig at your house, then definitely don’t inform the parentals of your kick-ass plans.

But preferably, if you’re trying this at home, DON’T! Rent out a venue with a cheap deposit that you won’t mind losing. Or better yet, get a venue so wrecked that nothing bad can really happen. Safety first, kids!

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The Game Changer

Now it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for popularity, to impress your crush or simply to create a party for the history books, it’s going to happen, and it’s going to change everything.

The key to have this is people.

Lots and lots (and lots) of people.

People you know, people you don’t.

People you like, people you hate.

Just people.

That’s why your venue has to be huge. We’re talking big, open spaces. With a pool, or dam or any sort of mass of water. This is important.

Most Project X copy-cat parties end in disaster. Why?

Because 3,000 people is not exactly what I meant when I said “lots”. A few hundred is perfect, that may even be pushing it. It all depends once again on the venue. Starting a riot isn’t as fun as it sounds. I promise!

Punchbowl has great birthday party venues that you can locate within your state!

Eventective has the best prices for venues and give you different capacities for places (ex. 200 people, 2000 people, etc.).

Get people with Facebook. Learn how by going through this guide on How To Create an Awesome Party Event on Facebook.  Check out these 10 Tip For Creating Buzz With Facebook Events.

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Trusty HD Video Cam

This is a must-have! No question.

It’s how you’re going to get those hundreds of people to attend and it’s how your party legacy will live forever.

Hiring a reliable cameraman is another important thing. But let’s focus on the camera here. You want something sturdy. Something that your guests can play around with. Something that will survive the night. Something with bells, whistles and a flash. Definitely a flash!

As for that cameraman, hit up the AV club and see if anyone is willing to help you out.

Or call up that one sober friend of yours and tell him you have a special job especially for him.

Once you’ve got everything, it’s time to shoot your invitation. Yes, I said shoot! You’re going to make a YouTube video. An awesome one. (Though keep in mind that if too many people found out, your party may get shut down)

It’s going to announce the party, the location and the very important fact that everyone is welcome. Once you’ve done that send it out on Facebook and email the link to everyone you know and make that shiz spread like a forest fire. The rest is party history!

Sony F23 Camera was one of the cameras used in the Project X movie

…but if you want something that you can actually use for your party, check these affordable options:

ImageCameraTypePriceRating
ImageCameraTypePriceRating
Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder(2012 Model)Camcorder$$4.1
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Sensor DIGIC 4 Image Processor Full-HD Movie Mode Digital SLR CameraDSLR$$$$$4.7
Sony HDRPJ260V High Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder (2012 Model)Camcorder$$$$4.3
Sony HDR-CX260V High Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder (Black) (2012 Model)Camcorder$$$$4.3
Sony HDR-CX360V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Bordeaux)Camcorder$$$3.6

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Booze (and other substances)

Empty trash cans make great punch bowls, but I think you could do better.

You’ll need something big, something strong, something that people can eventually stick their heads into. And you needs tons of them. Here is a Fancy/Vintage Punch Bowl, but here’s one you can party with: Party Punch Bowl.

Plastic is a good rule of thumb, so look for something giant and made of plastic. But what shall you put in the giant, plastic bowls?

EVERYTHING ALCOHOLIC YOU CAN FIND.

Think of the amount of drinks you’re going to need, now cut that number a third. That’s the amount of juice you’ll need to buy. Unless you want to go half-half, which is a much safer option.

But we’re not going for safe, we’re going for legendary.

You’ll also need about 200 red party cups. That MUST be red. Red Cups are probably best getting at your nearest grocery store, but if you’d like it shipped, check Red cups here on Amazon. And a pimpin’ goblet for yourself, so people know who’s in charge.

Another necessity: KEGS! At least 10 of those suckers. People love kegs. If you don’t know how to deal wit it, here’s a Quick Guide on How To Deal With Kegs for Dummies.

Now regarding other (or illegal) substances, let’s leave that to your conscience. Having the popo show up and evacuating your entire party in under 5 minutes will be a total bummer if they find out, no?!

Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

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Activities (That don’t involved getting naked…)

BEER PONG! There’s nothing cooler than beer pong, so if your party doesn’t have an epic dedicated beer pong area, it’s going to suck. PERIOD!

You’ll probably need some extra red cups here. And a ton of balls. Ping Pong balls, that is.

You’ve already got the beer. If you’re feeling especially lazy by this part of the planning process, go hit up the internets and get yourself one of them sweet-ass beer pong kits.

Beer Pong Kit:
– Beer Pong Table
Pong Balls…Lots
Red cups

Check out a list here for over 50 types of party games you can play!

You’ll also need a massive jumping castle to get wild on. Get your jumping on with this Red, Yellow, Blue Jumping Castle. Make sure it’s blown up before your guests arrive and that all scary equipment is hidden, because things could get messy.

This is another key aspect to throwing a Project X rager. (Ask them if they’ll throw in a ball pit for ultimate fun!)

Other activities include making out, dancing (we’ll discuss this further in the next section), jumping into the pool and being beaten up by a little person. If you can’t find one, *spoiler alert* check the oven !

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DJ’s & Dance Floor

Now there are three keys to getting this step right; music, speakers and speakers.

That’s right, I said speakers twice because they are THAT important. The cool thing about ragers is that the whole party is a dance floor, but for this to happen the music has to be pumping and by pumping I mean it has to A) be good, and B) be loud.

So loud that you can hear it throughout the entire venue. Check out the best party speakers for your party!

Hiring a fancy-ass DJ seems cool, but it’s not as cool as getting your friend group’s resident DJ to pump the party all night with awesome beats. If you don’t have any DJ friends, then yeah, you better hire one! Unless you’re prepared to set everything up and just let it ride.

You can hire DJ’s from Eventective.com (same place you can find venues) or you can check out Gigmasters or GreatDJ’s.

But what music shall you play? THIS! And only THIS:

Project X Soundtrack OST

01) “Trouble On My Mind” | Pusha T
02) “Bitch Betta Have My Money” | AMG
03) “Tipsy” Club Mix | J-Kwon
04) “Candy” w/ Pitbull | Far East Movement & Pitbull
05) “Ray Ban Vision” | A-Trak
06) “Le Disko” Boys Noize Fire Mix | Shiny Toy Guns
07) “Nasty” | Nas
08) “Pursuit of Happiness” Steve Aoki Dance Remix | Kid Cudi
09) “Heads Will Roll” A-Trak Remix | Yeah Yeah Yeahs
10) “Pretty Girls” (Benny Benassi Remix) | Wale
11) “The Next Episode” | Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
12) “Fight Music” | D12
13) “Wild Boy” (Ricky Luna Remix) | MGK

Other Songs Featured In Project X

“Despicable Dogs (Washed Out Remix)” | Small Black
“My Girls” | Animal Collective
“Cheap And Cheerful (Sebastian Remix)” | The Kills
“She Just Likes To Fight” | Four Tet
“Push It” | Salt-N-Pepa
“Hands High” | Bang On!
“Paging Stereophonic” | Bassnectar
“In A Hood Near You” | Suni Clay
“We Just Made It” | SB
“Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” | LCD Soundsystem
“Intro” | The xx
“Free Falling” | The Bangerz
“Battery” | Metallica
“Rhino Jockey” | Amon Tobin
“H.A.M.” | Kanye West and JAY-Z
“Final Step” | Daniel Lenz
“Turn Around” | Soul P
“Outta Your Mind” | Lil Jon
“Bump N’ Grind” | R. Kelly
“Over (Hyper Crush Remix)” | Drake
“Marina Do Bairro” | Bonde Do Role
“Avatar” | DJ Replay
“Hip Hop” | Dead Prez
“We Want Some Pu**y” | 2 Live Crew
“When I’m Gone” | Wiz Khalifa
“O.N.E.” | Yeasayer
“I’m A Thug” | Trick Daddy
“B**ch Better Have My Money” | AMG
“FnG” | SB and PC
“You’re Beautiful” | James Blunt
“You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire” | Queens Of The Stone Age
“Dressed In Dresden” | The Hundred In The Hands
“Psychic City” Classixx Remix | YACHT
“Beamer, Benz, Or Bentley” | Lloyd Banks featuring Juelz Santana
“W.T.P.” | Eminem
“Candy” | Far East Movement with Pitbull
“Blow Up” | J Cole

If you are still having trouble with music, checkout Pandora, or my favorite Songza, or the best dance pop music you can get your hands on.

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Security

Get your sporty younger brother plus his friends, a bunch of jocks or any local badass to run the door.

You’ll have to pay them to ensure they actually do something. Get them some cool yellow security vests and you’re all set to get crazy!  Or you can get the better appropriate Security T-shirt. The more, the better. So stock up on these guys!

They might save your party from going belly-up. Get them some form of weapon (NOT a gun or a knife, don’t be an idiot), maybe a hockey stick or a taser (not actually). They need to look at least a little threatening.

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Hot Chicks

Hot girls are more important than you think. If you know a hot girl, or are one, then great!

If you’ve never spoken to a hot girl in your life, then you better get on it. All you need to do is make sure that one of them show off, because hot girls usually travel in packs, and if they’re there then everyone will be there.

Tip: Advertise “Free Drinks For Girls” Even if drinks are free for everyone. By the end, everyone will love you for it!

WARNING: NO FIRE, ANIMALS, CARS or HOUSES should be anywhere near your party. The only thing that should be destroyed at this party is your honor and your liver.

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TO THE BREAK OF DAWN, YO!

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