Popular Idioms and Phrases to Describe Parties

After the CoVID 19 pandemic became widespread, have you ever been to a party?

When was the last time that you attended one such party?

What do you recall about it?

Now, whenever you are asked these types of questions in the English language regarding a party, you can quickly answer them.

Now you’ll learn some English phrases and idioms used to describe a party or any such event.

Party phrases and vocabulary

Before we read the idioms, let’s get our vocabulary straight: here are some common questions and phrases in the English language associated with partying.

Questions which you often hear at parties

  • How was the party?
  • How was the atmosphere?
  • How was the music?
  • Did you meet anybody new there?
  • How was the décor?

We are considering some ways to answer all these questions using modern, conversational English words.

But before that, let’s see the activities commonly done at a party.

Phrases describing what to do at a party

  • Attend parties
  • Have a couple of drinks
  • Dance all night long
  • Play party games
  • Chat with friends
  • Flirting
  • Swim in the pool
  • Have fun
  • Socialize (meet new people)

Words & phrases to describe the music section of a party

  • It was upbeat
  • It was nice
  • It was suitable for a romantic dance.
  • Right up my alley
  • It was too relaxing

Phrases to describe the aura of the party

  • It was electrifying
  • It was so wild and crazy.
  • It was chill/laid back.
  • It was too dull.

Phrases to describe the décor at an event

  • Pretty cool
  • Beautiful
  • Funky
  • A bit tacky
  • Not as per my taste
  • Themed

English Party Idioms

Along with the phrases, we also use a few idioms to describe parties:

Have a whale of a time

This idiom genuinely means “have a great time at the event or enjoy yourself thoroughly. For example, I had a whale of a time at Naira’s birthday party.

The life of the party

We use this idiom to describe someone who is the most entertaining person at any party. For example, She’s always been the life of the party.

There is another version of the same idiom, which is “soul of the party,” which means the same thing: someone who always has a wild/crazy time.

And do you know what the opposite of both the idioms, as mentioned earlier, is?

That’s a party pooper: it is known as someone who saps the fun energy of a party or brings everyone down.

Throw a party

This means to organize and host a party or an event.

For example, Viren and Shalini are throwing a party this weekend.

Billy-no-mates / Norma no-mates

This phrase is used to describe a male (called “Billy”) or a female (called “Norma”) who has few or no friends. The idiom is British slang.

For example, I didn’t want to look like Billy-no-mates, so I took Pratik with me.

A social butterfly

It is used to describe an outgoing social person and an extrovert.

These people generally have a lot of friends and are mostly attending parties and events.

For example, Mrs. Raji is a social butterfly. She is invited to all the society kitty parties.

Ann Landers – “At every party, there are two types of people; those who want to go home and sleep, and those who don’t. The problem is that they are usually married to each other.”


Now, you know the idioms and phrases you’ll need to describe parties or events in the English language.

So, are you planning to attend a party anytime soon?

Let us know in the comments below!

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