You’re hosting a hockey party (all watching, no playing, but everyone cloaked in jerseys of course). A ridiculous amount of people are expected to come over, but your kids do still need to hit their 8pm bedtime.
Check this out:
Everyone coming over can use the secondary outdoor access to the basement, where you can have the bar all set up with drinks and nachos (obviously). Then, when everyone is heading home for the night they sneak out the door (hopefully quietly), and your kids stay asleep on the second floor.
Bonus points? You don’t even need to clean up right away. Just leave the mess downstairs for the night and tackle it the next day; it’s not even in your way for the morning getting-ready-for-work tornado.