Sunday, September 14, 2014

American-Style House Party

I recently introduced some of my Korean friends to an American-style house party.  Although common for us, it’s an unusual concept to Koreans for many reasons.  I think the biggest reason they don’t throw house parties is due to lack of private space.  Many Koreans live with their parents until they are married, so they don't exactly have a way to throw a house party for friends.  Another reason house parties are uncommon is due to the small apartments.  There are about 45 million people living in a country the size of Indiana that is 70% mountainous.  There isn’t a lot of space for large apartments and houses.  Most people live in high-rise apartments of modest size.  That includes me, so fitting 13 people in my tiny apartment was a bit of a challenge and required some rearranging, but it all worked out.

American style party foods were served: veggies and dip, chips and salsa, bean dips, chicken nuggets, and chips.  There was even a cooler for beer on my veranda (my fridge is way to small to hold the beer). 

Another unique part of the party for the Koreans was the mingling.  Many social outings for Koreans involve enjoying dinner together.  They are very social with the family-style meals, but they often stay at the table and only talk to those around them.  With this party, there were no tables and there was no sitting in one place.  Everyone was encouraged to move, mingle, and talk with different people.

And, of course, what house party would be complete without some drinking games.  Line dances even made an appearance…you know how I love the Cupid Shuffle and Wobble. 


Everyone had such a good time!  I can’t wait to do it again!

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