Where: 230 Elm St, Southampton, NY
What we drank: Jaegermeister by the gallon and gourmet jello shots
Stay: Whitefences Inn B&B
It really all started with a midnight conversation about what would be the perfect birthday celebration for a guy who has spent his whole adult life planning and going to parties full throttle like the characters in Animal House. He is the exact combination of the gusto of Bluto and finesse of Otter, so the theme seem to fit his needs perfectly.
So here we are with the dream of a toga party for adults not in college, not even close. Would it be possible to find a venue to even host this unholy group? We found the ultimate Delta House, a former Polish Hall in Southampton, NY. When looking for a venue be sure to think of all the worst case scenarios for drunk driving, damage, and most of all I think of the maximum capacity. In order to throw a proper raging party you should be right at the capacity to keep guest rubbing elbows and interacting on a physical level. The next consideration was the music and then decor. A bad cover band can be the kiss of death but a good one, although hard to find can be just the thing to create an unforgettable vibe, we chose the 10 piece band, Decadia from NYC. I later realized that if we were doing this we had to go all the way so I called Otis Day's manager in Los Angeles and negotiated for Otis to fly out and perform just three songs for a reasonable rate and kept that a secret from the birthday boy until it was unveiled at midnight with a frenzied, undulating group of sweaty people belting out the words to "Shout"!
Some of the best and most personal touches were contributions from friends. One of our Santa Barbara college pals created name tags that said Delta Tau Pledge - Damn Glad to meet you, with 250 creative nicknames that a large bottle of Patron tequila had helped the creation of names including "Stiffguy" ,"Twinkie", and of course Flounder" the night before the event. He happily greeted guests in the entry of the hall handing out nicknames and greeting guests, escorting them to the Toga fashioning room for any guests who showed up without a costume (a huge hit). I hired a local seamstress and rented tablecloths of various patterns and shapes for inexpensive and fun togas.
On top of the home made decor which included a full size papier-mâché white horse hung upside down and dripping with white xmas lights as the center chandelier.