Party expressions

Top 20 Awesome Party Expressions + Examples

Are you tired of using the same old boring and tedious phrases to describe a party? Well, I have good news for you.

Today, I am going to teach you the top 20 awesome party expressions and idioms that you can use at your parties or to describe them later for your friends.

From “having a whale of a time” to “Billy no mates”, there are amazing expressions for you covered up in this lesson. So, follow me in this lesson. Let’s go.


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Top 20 awesome party expressions and idioms with their meanings


1. Mingle

Side view portrait of happy guests mingling during indoor party

Meaning: to move around and talk to other people at a social event

Example: You’ve been talking to Roger all evening – you really ought to be mingling with the other guests.

2. Exchange pleasantries

Friends having fun at a party.

Meaning: to say things to each other which are polite and pleasant but not especially interesting or important

Example: We were introduced to each other at her party and we exchanged pleasantries.

3. To make small talk

Happy people at party, smiling and drinking champagne

Meaning: to  have a conversation about things that are not important, often with people who do not know you well

Example: I don’t enjoy parties where I have to make small talk with complete strangers.

4. chit-chat (informal noun)

Young multi-ethnic friends in casual clothes standing in dark nightclub and chatting at party while drinking champagne.

Meaning: conversation about matters that are not important

Example: “What did you talk about?” “Oh, it was just chit-chat.”

5. Keep the conversation light-hearted


meaning: keep the conversation happy and not serious

Example: It was a fairly light-hearted discussion.

6. Banter (noun)

Beautiful young couple in Christmas hats posing and smiling while standing against gray background

Meaning: conversation that is funny and not serious

Example: He considered himself a master of witty banter.

Note: the word “banter” can also be used as a verb. Look at the following example:

Example: she stood around bantering with her colleagues for a while.

7. heart-to-heart (noun)

Friends talking at a party

Meaning: talking seriously about your feelings on subjects that are important to you

Example: Kathy and her friend seemed to be having a heart-to-heart so I didn’t like to disturb them.

8. Catch up

Photo of a group of friends barbecuing in the yard

Meaning: to talk with someone you know in order to exchange news or information:

Example: It was so nice to see you at the party and catch up.

Note: This phrase can also be used as a noun. Look at the following example:

Example: Let’s meet in the New Year and have a proper catch-up

9. Get on

Two female friends drinking beer and having fun at a festival

Meaning: enjoy each other’s company

Example: they met for the first time and they got on immediately.

10. Hit it off

Pool party at home

Meaning: to like someone and become friendly immediately

Example: Jake and Sue hit it off immediately.

11. Get on like a house on fire

People in front of the big fire

Meaning: If two people get on like a house on fire, they like each other very much and become friends very quickly

Example: I was worried that they wouldn’t like each other but in fact they’re getting on like a house on fire.

12. Get the party started

A group of friends partying up a storm in a nightclub

Meaning: to start the party.

Example: “I’m ready so let’s get this party started.”

13. The life and soul of the party

Photo of a young African American woman dancing in a nightclub

Meaning: a fun, energetic and entertaining person who people enjoy to be around them at parties.

Example: “You just have to invite Sammy and Wendy. They are the life and soul of the party every time.”

14. Party pooper

Sad Party Pooper

Meaning: a person who is not fun at the party. They do not like to join in games or activities at the parties

Example: “Oh she’s never much fun. Why did you invite her? She’s such a party pooper!”

15. Crash a party

Happy people dancing and having fun at the party.

Meaning: going to a party without an invitation and hoping you will be allowed to join. It is easier to do at a large event like a house party.

Example: “I don’t care if I wasn’t officially invited. I’m going to crash the party anyway.”

16. let your hair down

Photo of attractive blonde woman dancing in a night club

Meaning: to relax, enjoy life, and have fun without worrying about what others say. You can say this to someone who is feeling stressed and needs to forget about their problems for a while.

Example: “You studied so hard for the exam! Now it’s time to relax, enjoy the party and let your hair down.”

17. Billy no-mates (British English slang)

A group of beautiful young people have a summer party in the backyard

Meaning: someone who has no friends (mates). It’s usually said in a friendly way, not with the intention of hurting somebody’s feelings.

Example: “Oh no, look at Dave on his own. Let’s go talk to him as he looks like a Billy no-mates!”

18. have a whale of a time

Girls having fun at a party

Meaning: having a good time

Example: “This place is fantastic. I’m having a whale of a time.”

19. Party hearty

Photo of two young women dancing in a night club

Meaning: to have a good time in an energetic celebration

Example: “It’s been a hard week so I’m ready to party hearty tonight.”

20. A party piece

A group of happy young people singing karaoke together

Meaning: something you can do or perform at a party to entertain people; like a song, dance, circus skill or something unique that you can do

Example: “Everyone needs to see James’ party piece. He loves to show off his ventriloquist skills.”


I have also provided for you a list of different parties with their definitions and purposes.


A list of different parties

A list of different parties

1- Birthday party

Meaning: to celebrate someone turning another year older

2- Farewell party

Meaning: to say goodbye to someone who is leaving the area permanently

3- Housewarming party

Meaning: to congratulate the owners of a new home or apartment

4- Surprise party

Meaning: a party in which the person who is being celebrated is not aware of the party

5- Dinner party

Meaning: a social gathering at which people eat dinner together

6- Garden party

Meaning: a party in a park or a garden. A garden party can be a prestigious event.

7- Tea party

Meaning: a formal gathering for afternoon tea

8- House party

Meaning: a party where a large group of people get together at a private home to socialize

9- pool party

Meaning: a party in which the guests swim in a swimming pool

10- Fundraising party or fundraiser

Meaning: a party that is held for collecting money that will be given to some person or to some institution,

11- Graduation party

Meaning: a party to celebrate graduation from school, college, or university

12- welcome party

Meaning: a party held for welcoming a newcomer, such as a new club member, a new employee, or a family’s new baby

13- singles dance party and mixer

Meaning: a party which is organized for people who are not married and who want to find a partner for friendship, dating, or sex.

Marriage-related parties

Marriage-related parties

  • Bridal shower

Meaning: a gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be before her wedding

  • Bachelor party (UK: stag night; Australia: Bucks Night)

Meaning: a party held/arranged by the man who is shortly to enter marriage

  • Bachelorette party (hen night, hen party)

Meaning: a party held for a woman (the bride or bride-to-be) who will soon be married

  • Wedding party

Meaning: a party to celebrate the marriage of a couple

It is worthwhile here to mention a few grammatical points about the words and expressions in this field.

Grammatical points regarding “Party”


Let’s begin with the word “party”. This word can be used as a noun and a verb. Look at the following examples:

Example 1:  We partied all night. This means we had a party all night long. Here, the word “party” is used as a verb.

Example 2: I went to his birthday party. Here, the word “party” is used as a noun.

The expressions used for organizing a party are “have a party” and “throw a party”, the latter being more informal.

Example 1: We are going to have a surprise party for her birthday.

Example 2: They are going to throw a surprise party.

The person organizing the party is called the “host” and people who attend the party are called “gusts”.

Example 1: Alice is the host of this party.

Example 2: The guests really enjoyed the wedding party.

Note: the word “host” can also be used as a verb: Mr. and Mrs. Smith are hosting this party.

The verbs to use for going to party include “go” (Informal) and “attend” (formal). Look at the following examples:

Example 1: Are you going to her birthday party? (informal)

Example 2: They said they will attend the party. (formal)

The preposition used for referring to presence at the party is “at”. Look at the following examples:

Example 1: I was at the party last night.

Example 2: I saw him at the party.

Concluding note


Today we reviewed a number of party expressions and idioms. Knowing these expressions will make you more confident in talking about parties.

However, you should be careful to use them correctly and naturally. We also covered the grammatical points about the subject.

I suggest you study this lesson carefully and try to use the expressions and idioms in your speaking. Hope you enjoyed today’s lesson. Visit my page for more interesting lessons.

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