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Don’t Host a Dinner Party. Do This Instead

Last updated: March 27, 2024

Do not position this as a dinner party

Dinner parties are too hard for new hosts to manage. They take a lot of work. 

You must finely curate the guest list, order lots of supplies, cook the food, lead the entire conversation, and entertain longer.

Party Pro Tip: Serve drinks and snacks only. Make your first party a success by keeping it simple.

Why cocktail parties are better

I hosted dozens of dinner parties in my quest to find the perfect formula to build relationships. 

But I stopped doing them when I realized that cocktail parties are so much easier to master.

Cocktail parties will give you the same or even better relationship-building results than dinner parties because you can do them more often and you can invite more people

The impact is the same and the conversations are often livelier. Keep it simple and don’t do dinner.

How to Host a Cocktail Party

I’ve written a whole book about exactly how to host a cocktail party, called The 2-Hour Cocktail Party. 

But if you’re busy, you don’t have to read the whole book. Instead, check out these articles I’ve written with all of the key ideas. Or visit this one executive summary for a quick overview.

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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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