As summer quickly approaches, there’s no better way to celebrate than with a darty. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the cool-kid lingo (don’t worry, we’ve all been there), a darty is simply a day party.

Several elements go into hosting a hype darty, so here’s a list of essentials, for all of you rookies out there, to ensure that you and your squad have a great time.

1. Killer Playlist

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Now this is can be a real deal breaker. One verse from a shitty song, and the whole party is ruined. Create a playlist with some current jams from Kanye’s new album or maybe even some Taylor Swift, but the real key to success is to include classic throwbacks.

Once your friends are a couple drinks in, there’s nothing they’ll want more than to belt out the lyrics to Thnks fr th Mmrs by Fall Out Boy or I Want It That Way by the Backstreet Boys.

2. Wild Jungle Juice


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No hot summer darty is complete without some cool, refreshing party juice. Taking on several nicknames, including Jungle Juice, party juices are drink tubs made with different fruit juices, fruit, and cheap alcohol.

Pros to PJ: Fun, cheap, and tasty.

Cons to PJ: The high content of sugar makes the hangover DEADLY, so take it easy.

3. Cool & Fruity Jell-O Shots


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As a child, cold Jell-O was the go-to way to beat the summer heat. The grown up version is equally as good, if not better. Check out Spoon’s spicy twist on this summer favorite.

4. Good Ol’ Fashion Drinking Games

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In order to keep your guests entertained, Beer Pong and Flip Cup are traditional classics at any party, but try to branch out with these fun alternatives.

5. Pizza Pizza Pizza


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Responsible darty-throwers don’t let their guests drink on empty stomachs. As a good host, provide your boozy friends with some tasty snacks. Drunk people will pretty much eat anything that’s put in arm’s reach, but mini pizza bagels are a hit no matter what.

6. Kick-ass Group of Friends


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Summer darties usually happen back home, making them a great place for swapping crazy college stories with old friends.

I guess I’m a little biased, but I was blessed with some of the sickest high school friends out there. Shout out to the Moots and the Scrotes, but most importantly the Bits for always knowing how to throw a darty.