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RL Entertaining: Blackout Party

No electricity? No problem! Here are a few tips on organizing a bonding session for you and your best friends


It's happened before -- you're prepping a meal in the kitchen, your TV and Magic Sing are ready, your friends are on their way, it suddenly rains -- and then the power goes out!

Instead of freaking out, why not hold a blackout party? It's a fun, cozy, and sexy way to make the most out of a "dark" situation!" And even if you still have electricity, this can be a cool, low-cost alternative to your usual holiday gatherings. Don't forget your flashlights!

Read the original article ("Blackout!") in the October 2008  issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

The Theme

Whether the lights go out for real, or you turn them off by choice, make it a night of pure, unadulterated fun -- forget technology, forget gadgets, and just remember what it was like to hang out with friends with nothing but a guitar, some playing cards, and a board game.

Start with...

A dining area and a living area. Clear the tabletops of breakables that can topple over -- it's going to be a little dark, so you want to keep people from accidentally knocking a precious vase over.

Set the mood

You can provide your guests with comfy seating options, but even the floor is good enough for a casual get-together like this one.

Set the mood with tea lights floating in shallow glass bowls, and add to the "90s brownout era" vibe by turning on an emergency lamp!


Let guests come in lightweight, comfortable attire. There's no air-conditioning here -- just a slight breeze from your rechargeable electric fans! You can set out flip-flops so that they won't have to lounge about in their heavy footwear.

The Entertainment

Ditch the PSP for an evening, have your guests put away their gadgets. For this night, the only music you'll have will come from your guests-have them sing their favorite songs, and have a musically inclined friend strum his acoustic guitar. Dig up your old playing cards, board games and try a few rounds of Twister. 

The Food

Remember when our country would experience brownouts that would last for days. We'd empty our freezers of their contents and cook everything so they wouldn't spoil. Be inspired by this and set out the Pinoy freezer staple: hotdogs! Serve other easy-to-prepare fare that your guests can enjoy.


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