Hurricane Parties 

Okay … so you are all stocked up for hurricanes that we hope not to get this year. You’ve got your non-perishables, flashlights, batteries, candles, lighters, trash bags, work gloves, and every other emergency item covered like your home First Aid Kit and are wanting to know how to host a raging hurricane party, right? Well, no one wants to actually live off of rice, beans, canned tuna, and peanut butter when they can BBQ! And where is the wine?

Hurricane parties used to be thrown after a storm had passed and everyone would gather together and combine their resources to get by. An “after a disaster block party” where everyone would bring what they had to whosever home was mostly intact and it would turn into a potluck that lasted until things returned to normal.

These days, people like to plan hurricane parties during a hurricane. Personally, I prefer to be sober during a storm (not much of a drinker anyways) but that’s me.

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But whether it’s during the storm or after, if hurricane parties are your thing, let’s plan a good one.

First, you need to figure out not the coolest – but the safest place to ride out a storm (presuming everyone has secured their own property as best they can – for reals, no half azzzzz-ing it)

There are some things to consider. Who is on the guest list?  If you suddenly can’t host, who will be next in line to take over the festivities?  Now is the time, when there is nothing to worry about, today, to iron out those pesky details. Guests should bring their own pillows, sleeping bags (wet wipes in case showering isn’t possible), etc. Still, a few day’s worth of clothing because even if you aren’t planning on your guests staying, it is possible, they will have no choice if you start the party before the storm actually arrives.

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We have a guest list in the event of an emergency. We know how many we can sleep and sadly, we are maxed out. I will for sure, be the sober friend/hostess.  In fact, as dull as I know it will be to many, it’s best to be sober during a storm. They happen at night, usually.  Can you imagine bumping into things in the dark, drunk, during a storm? Or how about that next day hangover? It’s just not safe hurricane practice. What if something breaks or worse? Seriously … when the winds pick up and start blowing things across your yard and possibly into your house …

Don’t forget the games! A few decks of cards, UNO, some board games … Twister …

What about the music? Now if you are throwing a “before the storm hits” party and have a twisted sense of humor, you might consider songs like The Kinks – One of the Survivors, Blue Oyster Cult – Eye of the Hurricane, Florence and the Machine – Hurricane Drunk … I could go on, but I think you can manage classics like Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane etc. Now if you are hosting an “after a storm party” and things are bleak, you might not want to play that mix … go with something a bit more chill like classic rock or 80’s/90’s popular music of all genres.

I strongly suggest preparing fresh fruit and veggies to keep up energy and the immune system boosted. You will want to prep your perishable food in advance! In our neck of the desert meets the sea, we have to clean our produce well before consuming it so make sure everything is RTE. If you have kids or a sweet tooth, bake some cookies, make a cake, or do something so that after the storm no matter what, you’ve got a sense of normalcy. Plan on BBQ’ing that meat? Get it marinated.  Hoping to save it for later? Marinate it and store it in the freezer so that when it defrosts it’ll be perfect.

Oh, and rule number one, anyone sitting on their bum doing nothing – gets nothing. Just had to throw that out there.

Seriously, I’ve heard stories. Don’t be that guy. I really don’t have any other rules other than rule #1

Oh wait we were planning parties not being party poopers. Another variation of the hurricane

So make sure you’ve got plenty of ice on hand not just for your cocktails but in case your fridge goes out (even if you have a generator have ice as backup). Oh, you know what’s awesome? Keep your freezer full of – everyone always says frozen water bottles, I say frozen chickens! You can move them to defrost in the fridge next to the milk (properly wrapped of course) and BBQ them. It’s a win-win.

Personally, I’ll have a cooler with a spout with infused water but that’s how I roll. Super boring but I’ll be hydrated. 😊

So while we may not have any immediate threats, it’s still a good idea to plan your hurricane parties. Have secondary shelter places. Have a third. And if you plan on spending time downtown and day-drinking at your favorite bar before they close, bring your kayak to get home if you have to drive past squid roe.

I am personally not planning a rager at my place if the SHTF – but I am thinking about getting the ingredients for at least one of the drinks posted above haha

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