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The Party Cheer

Last updated: March 27, 2024

Have you ever been to a party with low energy?

It’s no fun. You stand there and contemplate whether you should leave the party, or stick it out just to be polite.

Fortunately, I have found a way to increase the energy of your party.

If you’re the host of the party, you can use this technique among your guests.

Doing a party cheer might make you and your guests feel like a kid at summer camp again. But you’ll also make your guests smile and establish yourself as a great party host. Keep reading to see exactly how you can do the party cheer right.

Why you should listen to me: I’ve hosted hundreds of parties with lots of party cheers. I think I’ve mastered how to control the energy in the room. It took me years to dial in the process.

What is a Party Cheer?

A party cheer is the same cheer that a sports team does before and after their games.

Here’s how to do it: First, everyone circles up and puts their hands in the middle, like in the below photograph.

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Nick doing a party cheer in Austin

Then they yell a word altogether as they raise their hands into the air.

Video Example: Party Cheer

Here’s a video that I filmed showing exactly how to do this:

Start your Party with a Cheer

After your first round of icebreakers, it’s time for you to kick off the party.

Here’s what works best to do the party cheer:

  1. Circle up your guests and have them put their hands in the middle.
  2. Explain what is going to happen: “We’re going to do a little cheer now to kick this party off.”
  3. Give a quick example of you doing it by yourself: “So, we’ll say the word NACHOS as we go down. We’ll do 3, 2, 1– NNNNACHOS! Stretching out that N-sound at the beginning.”

This cheer can be of any word. I just picked “nachos” as an example, partly because I’m hungry as I write this and I like nachos!

But you can pick any word: your first name, the word party, the word cocktails, etc.

End your Party with a Cheer

I like to end my parties on a high note.

I used to do a lot of work with museums, so at the end of the night for my parties, I would get people to cheer the word “museum.”

(I’ve tried to tell my accountant this makes my parties a business expense, but he’s skeptical.)

See me do an actual party cheer at one of my parties in this YouTube video.

Cheering at the End Raises the Energy

Doing a cheer at the end of your party sounds silly, but it raises the energy in the room significantly and brings everyone together one last time.

My guests love it.

If you already yelled out your city name, consider ending with a word that means something special to you. Like computers. Or avocados. Or even parties.


Helping raise the energy of your guests is the best way to ensure that they will enjoy themselves. And it’s your duty as the party host to make sure everyone is having a good time!

I believe that when you add a little bit of structure, like with a party cheer, it helps make your social gatherings more productive. Your friends can make more friends. That’s what it’s all about!

Follow these steps for your party cheer and you’ll bring out the inner child of all your guests to have more fun and meet new people.

When are you going to host your next event? I’d love to know so I can follow along and give you some advice. Send me an email with your specific party date.

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About the author

Nick Gray is the author of The 2-Hour Cocktail Party. He’s been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and in a popular TEDx talk. He sold his last company Museum Hack in 2019. Today he’s an expert on networking events, small parties, and creating relationships. Read more about Nick Gray here.

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