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Core Group: Your Best Friends and Party Stars

Last updated: September 9, 2022

Your core group will be an essential piece of your party puzzle.

They’re people with whom you feel comfortable.

They’re also your support team and safety net.

What is a Core Group?

Any time you host an event, always invite your core group first.

At the very first party that I ever hosted in New York City, my friends from college formed what I call a core group.

A core group is your reliable and supportive friends and colleagues.

They already know and like you. You can ask them for a favor or invite them to something without overthinking it.

Because you already have a relationship, they’re likely to say yes to your invitation. That’s a great core group.

Why You Need a Core Group for Your Party

Your core group will be an essential piece of your party puzzle.

They’ll show up and make you look good. They’ll laugh at your jokes and be your party cheerleaders.

They’re people with whom you feel comfortable.

They’re also your support team and safety net.

How to Invite the Core Group

In the article about Who To Invite To Your Party, you’ll see the exact words to use when inviting your core group.

Here’s how to invite them:

  • You’ll first check whether they are available for your party.
  • If they are, you’ll ask them to confirm that they would like to come.

Conclusion

Your core group is the first five or so people that you’ll invite and then get to RSVP to your party.

They’re the backbone of your guest list.

After your core group confirms their attendance, you can move on to inviting your Great Guests.

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About the author

Nick Gray is the author of The 2-Hour Cocktail Party. He’s been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and in a popular TEDx talk. He sold his last company Museum Hack in 2019. Today he’s an expert on networking events, small parties, and creating relationships. Read more about Nick Gray here.

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