9. Stick to These Party Dos and Don’ts
These essentials come from Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering.
Don’t: Invite everyone. Realistically, you can’t connect with new neighbors, old college buds, and co-workers all at once. Pick an objective, and let that inform the guest list.
Do: Name your party. A fun name will prime guests to have a good time. And the more ridiculous the name the better, like the Henry Street Hot Dog and Burger Soirée.
Don’t: Skip the speech. Take a moment to address everyone, even if it’s casual: “Hey, y’all. You’re the people we’d call in a jam, so thanks for coming.”
Do: Share the burden. Assign close friends some hosting duties, like mixing drinks or taking charge of the tunes. That way, they’ll feel invested in the party.
Don’t: Let the gathering drag on forever. You want to end on a high note. An unending party risks making people wary of attending your next one.
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