For this year’s birthday, I had an intense urge to throw a party. Not a rager (as I have been prone to do), but a party to celebrate the connectivity and fabulosity of my extraordinary group of friends.
And I’m so glad I did – it was an outstanding night filled with conversation, catch-ups, new friends, Japanese Kit Kat bars, wine, amazing birthday cake, make-me-cry toasts – and overall, just a great vibe that we all seemed to crave after an especially crazy “Breaking News” week!
And big thanks to Loreen Stevens for once again documenting Rivington Loft festivities. Videos and many of the pics in this post are by Loreen.
Based on the last few parties I’ve hosted, I’ve established 5 rules to make sure they are first-rate.
1.The Guest List (as always!!)
- I’ve written before about the importance of the guest list. It’s essential that you include your “bestie/regulars” but you also need to introduce newer friends to keep things exciting.
- For a mix-and-mingle party with 35-40 people, my rule of thumb is that 90% of the people have to have met each other at least once previously. Ideally at a party or dinner at my place.
- This is crucial if you want a dynamic, talky event where people are excited to be with each other.
- From experience, I’ve seen that when people only know the host, they don’t mingle as well and that really stresses me out.
- And you don’t want to stress out your host. Big shout out to Norman Roberts, btw, who attended solo and who reassured me several times that he was meeting everyone and indeed, he proved to be a master-mingler.
Read on below for the remaining 4 rules as well as pics and video. Read More >