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How to Make Your Instagram Story Look Cool Even When You're Stuck at a Boring Party

No one needs to know it’s anything but lit

Anyone who has ever left their couch for a social engagement can confirm: Not all parties are fun. But what are you supposed to do if you find yourself at a lame party and the only reason you agreed to go out in the first place was because you needed to post some new stuff to your ‘gram? Enter: Pablo Rochat, a San Francisco-based art director and the brains behind one of the most fun and interactive accounts on IG. With his tips, any event – even the most awk of gatherings – can be IG Story-worthy. You ready?

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‘Take a video or picture of the space [you’re] in, and on the GIF keyboard, search what you think is missing from a party,’ suggests Rochat. If a practically empty dance floor is in dire need of a party animal, just look up ‘dancing llama’ in the GIF library. ‘The idea is [to replace] whatever’s missing in your immediate environment with the GIF.’

Add thought bubbles

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‘If it’s a quiet party, and either no one’s really mingling or someone is literally napping in the corner, you can use thought bubbles to reimagine the whole scene and entertain your followers – or yourself, at least. Having a playful eye helps.’

Be as candid and honest as you like

Rochat recommends that you ‘insert your personality in describing the awkwardness or the emptiness of your current situation, because it’s obviously something everyone can relate to.’ Being candid helps – ‘Especially in a moment where it may not be immediately glamorous,’ explains Rochat. While of course it depends on how you actually want to present yourself on social media, a sense of humour will always make your Story content accessible. ‘Not everyone is going to the coolest parties in the most beautiful places.’

Get playful with text!

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that everyone loves a good meme. And guess what? You have the ability to create mini memes on your Stories using the simplest feature available: text. ‘A picture and some text can create some really cool juxtapositions,’ says Rochat. Don’t be afraid to use sarcasm and be playful.

Have fun with face filters – on your friends

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‘I don’t think selfies are always the most interesting kind of content, to be honest,’ says Rochat. ‘But I think that face filters in groups can be really cute.’ So instead of hogging the camera, ask some friends/some random strangers to join in on your vanity project. ‘Seeing how a filter plays around a group is a fun use of [the feature],’ says Rochat. As the old adage goes, true friendship is letting your bud morph your face using a weird filter.

Literally just TELL a story

You and your iPhone have the power to entertain. Rochat reminds that ‘people are on Stories not just for short moments, but to literally see a story.’ Your followers aren’t at this so-called party – you are! So live your best blogger life, talk to the people following along on social media, and walk them through what’s going on (or rather, not going on) at this strange shindig.

This post originally appeared on cosmopolitan.com

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