Party Poll: Summer 2014

Rock Hudson and Doris Day

We all go a little mad sometimes, doll.

Hey sugar, planning a summer soirée? If so, you may want to put away anything that might make you blush. According to our latest Party Poll, our regular series of nationwide surveys of party proclivitiespeople really do snoop at parties.

‘Tis true, darlin’. Of the 605 men and women, ages 25-54, who were surveyed by the fancy-pants national research firm we hired, 40 percent said they have snooped inside a medicine chest or drawer while attending a party in someone’s home.

One in 100 people said they have even taken off with something that didn’t belong to them. Given that seven percent of men and two percent of women acknowledged making a pass at someone else’s spouse at a party, that ‘something’ they pinched may well have been someone else’s sweetheart. Jeepers creepers.

And get this, doll, 14 percent of revelers admitted to getting frisky with a date in the host’s bathroom or elsewhere.

Bogie Bacall and Monroe

Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe

Given the chance to travel back in time to attend a party, most chose one of the most famous summer parties in history, Woodstock. When asked about the results, Graham Nash, who performed at the 1969 music festival with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, said he was not surprised.

“Woodstock has come to symbolize a time when the future looked bright,” said Nash. “The fact that a half million people could get together for three days of music and mud with no violence was an example of ‘the way it could be.’”

 Graham Nash then and now

How will people celebrate during the summer of 2014? According to the survey, they’ll be attending and hosting a lot of social events. Seventy-seven percent of respondents said they go to at least three parties annually, with 20 percent saying they attend 10 or more parties per year. Eighty-six percent give between one and five parties each year and nearly nine percent say they host 10 or more parties per year. Not surprisingly, outdoor parties are the preferred way to entertain in the summer months with 50 percent favoring barbecues, 19 percent opting for al fresco dinner parties and 12 percent preferring pool parties.

Pool party

Regardless of the type of party, most party goers want giggles with their giggle water. When asked which celebrities they’d most like to sit next to at a dinner party, the top picks were funny ladies, Ellen DeGeneres and Tina Fey, each of whom received 32 percent of the vote. Other picks were President Obama (30%), Pope Francis (22%), Bill Gates (21%), Kate Middleton (17%), Oprah Winfrey (15%) and George Clooney (13%).

Sinatra and Gardner

Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner

Clearly, we’re a nation of party lovers, but that’s not surprising. Parties are fun, but they’re also a vital social custom that has nourished our need for connection since the beginning of human existence.

Bonne soirée, dolls!

The Party Poll is a series of nationwide surveys of party proclivities commissioned by The Salonniere. Party Poll: Summer 2014 was administered in April 2014 and includes feedback from 605 men and women nationwide, ages 25 to 54. Conducted by an independent national market research firm, the survey has a margin of error of plus or minus five percent.