This post is a bit overdue, but still appropriate for New Year’s Eve and the Mardi Gras season.
(Note that the title is not “How to Crash a Party." My legendary gate-crashing tactics remain a closely guarded secret, for now.)
When to crash:
When you are 23, poor, and no one knows you
When tickets are sold out
When it’s part of the culture of the event, ie, the conventions, Gold Cup
When you are tagging along with a group of invitees who know the host won’t mind
When it’s going to be so big no one notices a few extra people
When you know people inside will have extra credentials to give you (Washington Mardi Gras)
When not to crash:
When you were intentionally not invited
When you are over 25 and just don’t want to pay
When your entrance keeps a real guest from attending (stealing tickets, using a real guest’s name at the door)
When people will know you don’t belong (like a Washington Post gossip reporter)
When someone could get in trouble for helping you get in (whether it’s three Secret Service agents or your roommate’s brother)
When it’s a fundraiser where everyone else is paying (unless you are specially invited by a host or the honoree)
When it’s just inappropriate for you to be there (Um, State Dinner?)
Dress to fit in and compose yourself. This is not the time to be the center of attention.
Don’t be greedy. Be grateful you got in at all- don’t try to sit in the $20,000 seats.
If called out, just admit that you crashed. If you follow the “do’s” above, this should be okay with most people.