Rules can spoil an atmosphere, but to reduce our disappointment at a minority’s behaviour, you might like to consider the following:
Smoking upstairs has caused horrendous damage so is banned. Please leave gum at home or at least stick it somewhere it can be easily removed. Much of it is in our written-off carpets. The grounds are not an ashtray. Please seek out the nearest proper one to dispose of any cigarette ends. One group recently stubbed over a dozen cigarettes out at their feet in the carpet when an ashtray was three feet away. Another stubbed theirs out on the upstairs wallpaper, another in our plastic ensuite bath. Contributions could be so much less without such abuse. The loft dungeon is absolutely a no-smoking zone. Exit difficulty, distractions and flammability should make this obvious to all but the criminally insane. We now have the technology to remove even red wine stains from carpets, so you can drink upstairs. If you must take drinks into the pool or hot tub, take extreme caution or a plastic cup. A broken glass can do horrible damage to a foot.
People at these parties have stronger relationships than most. It is bad etiquette to attempt to date someone behind his or her partner’s back. Do not hide used condoms. If your partner suffers from kleptomania please frisk them before leaving. Favourite souvenirs include expensive bottles of drink, cds (software from the computer as well as music), dvds, videos, camcorders, books and cameras.
Simple arithmetic will show that there are not enough rooms for small groups to barricade doors shut behind them. There are plenty of cosy dark corners in the loft. Taking the loft ladder off its hinges to prevent others ascending has the downside that you will be trapped aloft! Sexual safety is your own affair, so come equipped.