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Illustrations in The 2-Hour Cocktail Party

Last updated: June 5, 2024

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Here are all of the illustrations in my book, The 2-Hour Cocktail Party. These were all created as custom drawings for me by Fru Pinter.

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Part 1: The Basics

Illustration of difference between party expectations versus reality
Page 7

Chapter 1: Why Host a Party

Chapter 2: When to Host Your Party

Chapter 3: Where to Host Your Party

CHAPTER 4: Who To Invite

Chapter 5: The Magic of Name Tags

Part 2: Putting the Party Together: The Logistics

Party logistics
Page 81

Chapter 6: Sending Out the First Invitations

Ribbon for a good invitation.
Page 85

Chapter 7: Setting Up the Event Page

Sending RSVPs to your invitees.
Page 99
People who have confirmed, maybe going, or have not responded yet.
Page 101

Chapter 8: Inviting Your Great Guests

Person saying he is human to another person.
Show vulnerability by telling your guests that you’re new to hosting. They will appreciate your honesty and won’t expect you to be an expert. (Page 110)

Chapter 9: Sending Out Reminders

Timeline of sending out your reminder messages.
Page 116
Host finalizing and organizing party details.
Page 132

Chapter 10: Pre-Party Preparations

Part 3: Party Time

Host motivating himself before the party.
Page 155

Chapter 11: Navigating the First Twenty Minutes

Chapter 12: Beginner Icebreakers

Chapter 13: Advanced Icebreakers and Bonus Techniques

Chapter 14: Ending on a High Note

Chapter 15: The Day After

Reflecting on how the party went.
Page 222
Making sure you are ready for your next party.
Page 225

Appendix A

Party guidelines
Page 239
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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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