If you are uncomfortable being the “honorary” host, try to split the couples up, with a girls’ side of the table and a boys’ side – make it a game: couples can’t sit across from each other!“Sometimes I would suggest that each person try to sit next to someone they don’t know,” says Katrina, a student at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
For example, ask typical conversation starters, such as, “If you were to be stranded on a desert island, which three things would you bring?
” This way, each person will answer, and people will begin to talk as a group about the answers.
As such, our advice varies depending on whether you are the third wheel or you are part of a larger group.
As the third wheel, you have to try extra hard to make your presence known, no matter how close you are to your friend – it is tough to intrude on a date (I know, I know…you were invited! “Make sure you split up the couple,” says Sarah, a student at the University of Illinois.
“Sometimes I suggest a game,” says Chloe, a student at Northeastern University. Guys love being able to ‘save’ you.” If you are a drinker, then beer pong is always a fun way to loosen up.
If not, suggest some team truth or dare as a means to liven up a party.
Remember that you were invited because the couple(s) want to spend time with you!
So, make your presence known, and don’t hide behind your phone! In my opinion, a party is the best time to be an extra wheel.
It can be tough without a boyfriend when all your friends are happily one half of two, and even worse is the dreaded “third wheel” status. We at Her Campus believe that being the tag-along friend actually has some benefits.
And, as always, we are here to share some tips and tricks on how to make the most of being the third (or fifth, or seventh) wheel!
Generally, when you are an extra wheel in a larger group, the couples naturally split up.