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The 13 agonising stages of trying to organise a night out

So you want to organise a night on the town? Good luck.

YOU HAVEN’T SEEN the gang in a while, so you’re stepping up to the plate and organising a night out. Well done you.

What you don’t realise yet is that organising a night out singly-handedly can be a painful exercise in rejection.

You’ve made a huge mistake.

Thursday lunchtime:

Send a Facebook message or post letting the group know that you and one other member of the group (this step is crucial because strength in numbers) were thinking of gathering everyone together for a night out on Friday.


Thursday evening:

Notice that several people have liked the post or seen the message, but haven’t specified whether they’re actually going. Rage internally.


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Friday 9am: 

Get to work feeling confident. Sure, no one’s given you a definite yes or no, but that means they can be convinced.

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Send another message discussing venue plans, putting forward that there’s a cool new pub you’d like to visit. This message has a slight hint of “If you’re not there, you’re dead to me.”



Receive first yes from your “fun” friend, who encourages some other friends to agree to a night out too. Mini-celebration at desk.

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Allow yourself to feel some sort of vague excitement. This could actually happen!


Send some more panicked texts. Just in case.



Receive first “Sorry I can’t make it” message. Persevere.



Argue with friends who don’t want to go to the cool new pub you mentioned. Agree to go to the place you always go even though you’re all sick of it.

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Get home, decide to leave it all up to fate. Whoever arrives, arrives. Whoever doesn’t come will feel my wrath.

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Some last minute dropouts. WRATH.

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After an hour of worrying that no one was going to have a good time at the thing you organised, you finally start enjoying yourself.



never again

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