I returned from last night's party having not touched a drop of drink. I think I might've had some of the most fun, too. My friend and I- the other person who avoided alcohol consumption all night- teamed up on a mission to enjoy ourselves by playing extreme frisbee, hijiacking the iPod and air guitaring to Black Sabbath, and generally not getting involved with the rest of the party.
It was remarkably similar in its feel to school, in that my friend and I are so at ends with everyone else that we were more or less ostracised from the rest of the group. As such, we have little shame in acting like children. In my opinion, it's far more fun than trying to fit in.
It wasn't all fun and games, though. I also sat a vigil of a few hours looking after a friend of mine who had a little too much to drink. I'd seen people act drunk for TV, but this is my first time seeing for myself what alcohol can do to people. Even though no long-term harm was done, it wasn't at all pleasant. It's not something I want to see again, or experience myself.
Personally, I don't think big parties are as good for celebrating compared to small affairs with close friends. Smaller parties with the important people feel a lot more special to me; how better to celebrate a birthday than by getting a circle of close friends together to joke and laugh along with you? Having a few people who genuinely care about each other gather to celebrate one of their own: that's how I like to do things.