How to get a party going
Get together By cramming people into a small space, no one can sneak off and talk to who they know. Ask one or two friends to come early and help other guests get their first drink. It draws everyone in.
Start strong If you hit people with a stiff drink when they arrive, they loosen up from the beginning. I usually send out trays of tequila shots. I love buffets, too, where people sit wherever. It’s more relaxed.
Crank up the volume Turn the music up two notches too loud – it gets everyone into party mode. Adjust the volume through the evening: high for arrivals, down during supper, then back up after.
Invite a wild card Include OTT characters – no party is boring if they’re around. Make them laugh Ask your guests to wear silly hats or masks for fun, especially if it’s a birthday. It’s Instagram gold.