Hosting a Drinks Party
The party scene is packed with countless variables. No two gatherings are ever the same, and even with an identical venue, refreshment and music, no party can ever be recreated. Atmosphere is an elusive commodity, and it falls on the shoulders of the host to create the right conditions for bonhomie to flourish. As a host, it is your obligation to make your guests comfortable. This means, first and foremost, ensuring that they have plenty to eat and drink, and that everyone is socialising.
Check in advance that arrangements are clear. Your guests must know where you expect them to be, and when, including any directions and your telephone number in case of mishaps. Be clear about dress codes. If you would like guests to depart by a certain time, say so politely.
It is your obligation to make your guests comfortable. This means, first and foremost, ensuring that they have plenty to eat and drink. Accept refusals at face value and don't persist in pushing food at refuseniks.
You should introduce your friends to each other, and ensure that there are no wallflowers. But do not take this too far; interrupting animated conversations and dragging people across the room because there is 'someone they must meet' is very bad manners.
If there are spills or breakages, clear up quickly and efficiently, and do not make a fuss. As a host, it is your duty to stay to the bitter end - even if a party is evidently flagging, you should not leave your guests simply to 'get on with it'.