Last updated: February 28, 2023
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.