That means the enjoyment you derive during the event comes from seeing that your guests are happy. Washington caterer Susan Gage puts it this way: If the host is having a ball, he or she probably doesn't have an eye on the party.
"You really have to focus to make sure that everything's happening and everyone's having fun." The first thing you must decide is your goal for the evening.
By the end of the night, I had met about 16 different men, and I can tell you that the look of disappointment that flashed on their faces upon seeing me never got old.
I tried my best to be my most "top" self (like trying to polish a turd, as they say).
One of the revolutions in match-making is called speed-dating.
Speed-dating events bring an equal number of men and women to a bar or restaurant and give each person five minutes with another person before meeting the person at the next table.
As I recently set out to plan a winter cocktail party for 25, I started with a template: Serve hot and cold dishes, to include vegetarian items and things made with poultry, fish or seafood, red meat and cheese.