What up, people? Hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was pretty solid. Saturday was particularly righteous: I went on a mini shopping spree (more on that later in the week), rode my bike around Brooklyn and hit up a fun loft party, where I chatted up a cute girl. And I have photo documentation!
Don't get too excited—it didn’t lead to anything, not even her number. Why? Partially because she was a little tipsy at that point, and partially because we both got distracted by friends and didn't reconnect. The interaction itself wasn't anything amazing, but it did lead to an intense conversation with my boys about picking up girls at house or apartment parties.
We all agreed that house parties are the ideal venue for making a move—you're at the same party so you have at least one thing in common, it's easier to mingle, and people are more open to strangers than at the bar. That being said, scoring a girl's contact info is never easy. Here are four favors you can bestow on the lucky fella who has caught your eye:
1) Break off from your girlfriends. Check out the host's bookshelf. Head to the kitchen for a drink. Watch the beer pong game. The Millionaire Matchmaker was right: when you're surrounded by other women he's not going to come over and risk being rejected in front of an audience.
2) Roll with his pick-up line. Odds are the first thing out of his mouth will be corny—just smile and help steer him towards a more natural line of conversation. (On Saturday, my opening gambit was complimenting her dress, which I really did like.) Remember, pitching yourself to strangers is hard. 21 Twitter Pick-Up Lines (er, Tweets)
3) Find a way to reveal that you don't have a boyfriend. When hitting on a girl, I'm always bracing myself for the moment when she brings up her significant other. Clear the air by casually mentioning how you pity all of your coupled friends or love being independent.
4) If you get separated at the party, mention that he should find you before leaving. Even when I hit it off with a girl at a party, I neither expect nor want to talk to her the entire night. At some point I need to go to the bathroom, get a fresh drink, and brag to my friends. But I do want to end our conversation on a high note, so it’s great when the girl takes the initiative and somehow indicates this isn't the end of the line.
Do you like house parties? What's the best house party you've ever attended? Do you help out a desirable guy when he's putting the moves on you? How?
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