Glamour (South Africa) - - All About You - By stylish LA host Eric Buter­baugh.

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.

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