Created By: Quatic on July 10, 2013 Last Edited By: HeroGal2347 on September 28, 2015

Party Of Me

Since all of Bob\'s friends have gone off to do their own thing, Bob decides to throw a party for himself.

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All of a character's friends have gone off to do their own thing, leaving him alone and feeling abandoned. Determined not to let his loneliness get him down, he declares that he doesn't need anybody else to have a good time, and decides to throw a party for himself. This usually involved him decorating for a party, preparing food, or otherwise engaging in activities normally more suited to a large group of people, possibly using toys or props as stand-ins for real other people. This may end up with his friends showing up and him either being mortified to be discovered having a solo party, or the friends joining in and turning it into a real party (or both).

This may be a supertrope of One-Person Birthday Party, although that often involves a person planning a party with the expectation that others will show up (which nobody does); this trope, in contrast, involved a person who already know they are going to be alone deciding to throw a party for themselves.


Examples

Film
  • In Home Alone, the lonely left-behind kid creates a party atmosphere (in part to scare off intended burglars).
  • In The Sixth Sense Malcolm's wife goes out for a wedding anniversary dinner by herself because her husband was shot and killed several months earlier.
  • In The Muppets, after Gary fails to turn up for a lunch date, Mary sings "Me Party", about how she doesn't need him to have a good time.

Western Animation
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Pinkie Pie does this because she forgot her own birthday and thought her friends were ditching the party she planned on the spot. She decides to throw her own party, and due to her getting some major Sanity Slippage, the "guests" are a bunch of rocks, a piece of lint, a bag of flour, and a bucket of turnips.
  • In South Park, Eric Cartman ditches his friends to have a tea party with his stuffed animals.
Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • July 10, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    • In My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, Pinkie Pie does this because she forgot her own birthday and thought her friends were ditching a party she planned on the spot, and threw her own party with a rock, lint, and flour, due to Sanity Slippage.

    Hey, someone was going to mention it.
  • July 10, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Party Of Me doesn't work -- sounds like "party" as in a group, not "party" as in celebration.
  • July 11, 2013
    spacemarine50
  • July 11, 2013
    m8e
    ^No, why would you think that? This is a one man party.

    (But making clones of yourself for the party is probably a playing with.)
  • July 11, 2013
    OlafMerchant
    Needs a better name.

    I'm actually in favour of 'Happy birthday to me', but that's a bit of a stretch and doesn't fit every festive celebration. Might also want to add example of the character simply having no perceived friends at all (even if the situation was the opposite, for whatever Crowning moment of heartwarming etc), and deciding to throw the party anyway.
  • July 11, 2013
    Indalecio
    "Party For Myself"
  • July 11, 2013
    Quatic
    "One Man Party" may work. This would, naturally, include cavorting with imaginary friends and inanimate objects (as with Eric Cartman having a tea party with his various stuffed animals.)
  • July 11, 2013
    randomsurfer
    One Person Birthday Party would be a subtrope I suppose.
  • July 12, 2013
    Stratadrake
    ^^ Nope, still doesn't convey the correct use of "party".
  • July 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ^^^ One Man Party is an existing, different trope.
  • July 12, 2013
    Melkior
    Celebration For One perhaps? And One Person Birthday Party would definitely be a subtrope.
  • May 21, 2014
    DAN004
    Damn you, dual meaning of "party"! D:

    What about One Man Festive?
  • May 22, 2014
    Arivne
    • Capitalized the title.
    • Re-wrote the Example As A Thesis Description to remove the Alice And Bob elements.
    • Examples section formatting
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Sorted examples by media and added media section title(s).
    • Namespaced work name(s).
  • May 24, 2014
    Quatic
    How about Celebration Of Me?
  • May 25, 2014
    partner555
  • July 22, 2014
    randomsurfer
    In The Sixth Sense Malcolm's wife goes out for a wedding anniversary dinner by herself because her husband was shot and killed several months earlier.
  • July 22, 2014
    Quatic
    @justanotherrandomlurker, yes, we have One Person Birthday Party, a different trope with some overlap and some distinctions as described in the description.
  • July 22, 2014
    Inferus54
    Compare One-Person Birthday Party.

  • July 22, 2014
    TheHandle
    The very concept of this trope makes me want to cry...
  • July 22, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ I got the feeling that you've had one such party yourself. :P
  • July 22, 2014
    ZuTheSkunk
    Fixed the MLP example a little.
  • December 12, 2014
    HeroGal2347
    In The Muppets, after Gary fails to turn up for a lunch date, Mary sings "Me Party", about how she doesn't need him to have a good time.
  • January 22, 2015
    HeroGal2347
    I don't think the spoilered text for The Sixth Sense needs to be in bold.
  • January 22, 2015
    paycheckgurl
    As a sometimes-ocassionally-but rarely-believer in the archaic tradition of a Trope Namer, what about Me Party after the Muppets example?

    Although...i don't really think this is distinct enough from One Person Birthday Party to warrant its own trope...
  • January 23, 2015
    Arivne
    ^^ With the change to the new system, all text behind spoiler tags in YKTTW is automatically in bold face. I.e. it's a bug, not deliberate.
  • September 27, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump
  • September 28, 2015
    GiorgioDaneri
    What If we make a trope about every time of one person celebration? Including birthdays, anniversaries, whatever.

    Would hanging out by yourself count?
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