HOW TO HOLD YOUR OWN AT A PARTY
So you’ve followed your friend to a holiday shindig where she knows everyone and you know... her. Stick your phone back in your clutch, and learn how to work the room.
Create a base Request that your friend introduce you to at least two cool people she thinks you’d really get along with before she starts mingling. If she does leave you on your own, you’ll have these two safety buddies to return to. Compliment a guy on his OTT party outfit He’s just waiting for a hottie like you to comment on his ironic T-shirt. Give him the attention he craves, and his friends won’t be far behind. Complain just a teeny bit Studies show that people bond faster over a shared grievance, so turn to the girl on your right and tell her how much you’re regretting wearing brand-new heels to a standing-room-only party. Work the girl angle Ask that group of friendly-looking girls how they know the host. You’d be surprised—they may have just met each other too, and will be ready to welcome reinforcements.
Hit the bathroom line Everyone gets stuck waiting in it. Crank up the charm and you’ll have this captive audience at hello.