"Boring party." They're two words that don't belong together, but that's exactly what happens on occasion. Here are a few solutions to help you get through your next one.
Party Type: Family Reunion
Problem: The family reunion is tough because it's not really a "normal" party. Rather, it's a gathering where you're expected to act appropriately. Another problem: These multigenerational parties never seem to cater to your age group.
Solution: Become the game leader. Seriously. Family reunions generally feature card games, football or some type of outdoor game. Invest yourself in that aspect of the party. Not only will you be surprised at how much fun you can have, you'll become king of the little ones. This will come in handy the next time you want another soda and the cooler is on the other side of the yard.
Party Type: Significant Other's Holiday Office Party
Problem: These are her friends, not yours. Every conversation is a little awkward and mostly related with her work. Plus, you (again) must be on your best behavior. You can't look miserable or ask to leave, or you'll embarrass her.
Solution: Find your wolf pack. You're not the only husband/boyfriend in this situation, and the others are looking for someone to pass the time with. They should be easy to spot — they're the guys being introduced to everyone, standing awkwardly behind lively conversations and staring into their drinks for long periods at a time. Find these guys and you're home free.
Party Type: Party of 5–10
Problem: People are more inhibited in small groups. Don't believe it? Go to a comedy show with a small audience some time; the laughs are hard to come by.
Solution: Be the change you want to see in the party. Everyone wants to have fun and act a little silly, but they don't want to be the first. You have to make it OK. Start an absurd, hypothetical debate; bust out a game where everyone can hoot and holler; just do something to make people forget they're in a small group. Envision the type of party you'd like to be in and make it happen.
If you follow these simple tips, you'll be surprised at how quickly "boring" becomes, "Do we have to leave already?"