Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Gate Keeper

Booze, hooch, cocktail, firewater, hard stuff, spirit, potion, poison, canned heat, rotgut – whatever the hell you call it, when you’re partying, you want it. All you have to do is get past the “gate keeper”. You know, the always-busy, ever-important bartender. Here are 5 tips you may not already know to acquire that delicious beverage.

1. Arrive Early

Get there before the rush & establish a connection or rapport with the bartender. We know you love to be “fashionably late” but when the night gets jammed & they remember your face you’ll be happy you showed an hour early.

2. Boobs = Booze

It’s best if you have them but it works if you stand near them. Boobs are a different form of attention beyond the sweaty, antsy faces that bartender is looking at all night. This works for male & female bartenders & yes, size is directly related to wait time.


3. Assume the Position

Are there two bartenders? Stand in between their “territory”. Each wants to secure their tip & if you’re in the middle there is competition. Stand on their side and they know you have no choice but to wait. Also, stand flush against the bar with both hands on the wood and money out.

4. Don’t take up unnecessary space

On a busy night bar space is synonymous to realty & if you’re taking up space while nursing your beer that spot is no longer lucrative for the bartender & they no longer like you.


5. Tip – In cash

Want to get drink #2 fast? Tip in cash as opposed to your card; cash is visable and stays in their mind. If it’s on the card they won’t know you tipped until the night is over – tip in cash & they’ll remember you on round 2, 3, 4…you get the idea.


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Before – During – After (Safe Party Tips)

Party is in our name and partying is our game. We are here to help you book, organize and spread the word about your amazing parties. With that – we want to be sure you are breakin’ it down in a safe manner. We aren’t your parents so we refuse to tell you what to do or how to do it & we won’t bore you with horrifying statistics – but we are going to make some simple (mainly common sense) suggestions. Be sure to comment below & give out tips you didn’t see here!


Pregame (Yup!)

  • Eat before you party
  • Protein slows down the absorption rate of alcohol

Eggs, chicken, fish – load up on that protein baby!

Getting there (Rely on yourself, not on technology)

  • If you are using public trans, look up directions & write that shit down; you never know when your phone might fail you

Getting home (Rely on yourself, not on your friends)

  • Cabs, buses and trains are great if you are in a large city – utilize them and know where they are & what times they run
  • If you aren’t in an area with public trans drive yourself or designate a friend you KNOW will respect the position
    • Being drunk for 2 more hours is not worth endangering the lives of yourself, your friends and others

Common sense advice: Know your destinations, who you are with & the areas you are going to be in.  

Google maps are amazing as are city transit sites such as


Keep your eye on the prize (Your drink, not the hottie buying them)

  • We know drinks can get pricey but if you suspect yours has been tampered with simply buy another

Don’t let the creeper drag you home

Keep your other eye on your surroundings

  • Are you still with your posse or have you been stranded? If stranded – find out where they are and the safest, most well-lit way, to meet back up

Pace your damn self

  • It takes your liver 1 hour per drink to process – altering with water is not deemed “uncool”
  • Try and stick with one
    • In college we lived by the one color rule or “Liquor before beer you’re in the clear; beer before liquor you’ve never been sicker.”
    • Different sugar levels are what makes you feel sick so if you are switching back and forth you are going to feel it later

Common Sense advice: Use your judgment. Had too much to drink? Slow it down. In an area you don’t feel comfortable? Leave. Lost your friends? Send a text and some phone calls & stay in one place. If nothing else, call a cab and head home. 


The dirty truth: Alcohol Poisoning

  • Alcohol poisoning is very real – don’t be “too cool” to point it out
    • If you think you (or a friend) has alcohol poisoning call 911 or go to the hospital
    • Lay you friend on their side so they don’t choke
    • Don’t let your friend “sleep it off”

Passing out at the bar is not sexy & possibly dangerous

Watch out for friends

  • Be sure each friend gets a safe ride home

Rely on yourself (not on friends/hookups)

  • Your friends may love you but they are partying too; have a plan in case you get separated
  • Don’t walk alone (this goes for men too). If you HAVE to
    • Carry Mace or pepper spray in your hand. Zip up your purse. Be on the phone with someone. Hold your keys through your knuckles. Stay in well lit areas. Stay on main, busy roads – no alleys or random short cuts through the park. Keep your wits about you by not listening to head phones while walking the streets alone or on public trans – know your surroundings.


  • Water counteracts the dehydrated feeling that will give you your next-day hangover

Drink me!

Promise the next posts will be light & fun again – we just want to be sure you are all alive and well enough to book & enjoy more parties! Cheers.

Proof of Age

Nothing compares to your 20’s. Lessons of heartbreaks, scholastic woes, roommate turmoil and the true start of the never-ending journey to figuring out who you are and who you want to be are all included in this decade of your life. But the best part about your 20’s is that you get to make a shit ton of mistakes & have a shit ton of fun while doing it!

While Chicago is crawling with pubs & clubs, there’s one nightlife venue that stands above the rest. The Proof is in the VIP experience.

Proof nightclub, conveniently located in the heart of the Gold Coast on Rush, has two unique floors of nightlife that cater to your desires. The exclusive VIP sections are separated from the main club area with unique elevations and glass.

Proof has a more intimate setting on the second floor, where you can enjoy table service with friends, or even book your own sinfully private party. Bars are located throughout the club and extensive champagne and bottle service lists are available at all tables.

So what sets Proof apart from the rest? There’s a good chance you’ll see some celebrity action. Proof is regularly visited by celebrities and athletes such as LMFAO, Whitney Port, Tom Green, MTV’s Ronnie Margo, Michael Trevino, Dennis Quaid & the list goes on and on. What better way to get crazy and create some 20-something stories than starting a sentence with “This one night I met…”

LMFAO & Far East Movement

MTV Ronnie

Michael Trevino from the Vampire Diaries

Alas, not every night can include someone famous. But no worries; at Proof, every night is VIP.

To experience Proof and book a party package online visit or

Treat Your Mama to a Brunch Party!

Nothing will make your Mother’s Day more special than an awesome brunch. It’s quick, easy and guaranteed to be delicious.  Here are 5 Chicago brunch spots that will definitely give the mom in your life a meal she will remember.

Bull and Bear

Located in the heart of River North, Bull and Bear has a very wallet-friendly brunch. We recommend the silver dollar pancake trio where mom can choose her combo from strawberry, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip or regular. Give her celebration some oomph with their $15 bottomless mimosas!


If you’re on the west side of town and feeling adventurous Frontier is great brunch spot for you. Get mom the Crab Benedict or try the fried rabbit and waffles. They are even offering a special “Mother’s Day Brunch” menu that includes 3 courses for only $25.

Butch McGuire’s

If you mom likes a laid back, saloon atmosphere take her to Butch McGuire’s on Near North Side Chicago. Satisfy her tastebuds with an order of chorizo hash or steak and eggs.

The Fifty/50

Is mom a bacon lover? Take her to The Fifty/50 for the all you can eat bacon special. They are famous for their thick cut maple glazed & they also serve up a tasty big country scramble.

Declan Irish Pub

Last, but certainly not least is Declan’s in Old Town where you can enjoy brunch on the patio. Their authentic Irish flare brings something different to the brunch mix. Famous for their shepherd’s pie, they may be an unconventional choice but a delicious one nonetheless.

Happy Mother’s Day!

How To: Get Drunk Without Drinking

One of our favorite party holidays is just around the corner: Cinco de Mayo! This year we decided to add a twist to the fiesta & we’re proposing the unthinkable: don’t drink! Before you freak and start punching pinatas, hear us out. We came up with 3 fun ways to get drunk without drinking.

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Ingredients:   Large strawberries, 1 box Strawberry Jell-O, tequila, water, salt/sugar, limes

Set Time:        1 night

Cut the bottom of the strawberry so they have a flat base. Use a pairing knife or a melon baller and carve out the middle of the strawberry to make a hole. Boil a cup of water and whisk in the Jell-O mix. Once the Jell-O is all dissolved, pour in your tequila and stir it all together until it is well mixed. Pour the Jell-O into your strawberries & garnish with a thin lime wedge. Set in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to serve, roll the top edges of the strawberries in sugar or salt!

Giant Alcohol-Infused Gummy Bears

Ingredients:   Gummy bears & vodka, rum or whiskey

Set Time:        3 days

Take a standard bag of gummy bears and place them in a container. Pour vodka or clear rum over them until they’re completely submerged, cover with a lid and place in the fridge. After about 3 days, the gummy bears will soak up all the alcohol & are ready to serve. You will never look at gummy bears the same! Warning: don’t them to get to cold, they will turn into liquid. For a sweeter taste, try using whiskey or apple jack.

Alcoholic Fruit Cocktail

Ingredients:   Pre-cut fruit, whipped cream & Everclear, vodka, clear rum or tequila

Set Time:        5 hours

This one is for the pros. Buy some fruit, we recommend watermelon, kiwi, melon, strawberries or pineapples & it’s easier if you buy pre-cut. Drain the juices and place the fruit in a container. Next get some vodka and pour it into the container until the alcohol covers about 1/2 of the fruit in the bowl. Let the vodka and fruit sit in the fridge for about 5 hours. Warning: If you completely cover the fruit you will need to drain before serving because the fruit cannot absorb all of the alcohol. Serve the drained fruit with whipped cream (regular or alcohol infused); you won’t be disappointed, each bite of fruit will be like taking a shot of vodka! If vodka isn’t your thing try Everclear, clear tequila or rum.

Happy Cinco de Mayo from Party safely!