At the perfect party...
...everyone dresses up, whether in a silly costume, their softest pyjamas, or their best evening attire.
...there are enough seats for everyone, but no one stays sitting in the same seat the whole time.
...you meet new people and catch up with old friends.
...everyone is free to enjoy a drink or two, but no one feels pressured to get drunk.
...the guests compliment the hostess/host not only by saying the the food, but also by taking second helpings.
...one or two couples or groups arrive on time, and a few more later in the evening to add new energy to the group, and everyone leaves by midnight.
...there aren't too many dishes to do, and you can chill out after everyone leaves by standing at the sink letting the warm water run over your hands and carefully stacking clean dishes in the dish drain.
...no one talks about religion or politics.
...there are multiple spaces in which people can wander and plenty of nooks, balconies, gardens, sofas, kitchen counters that people can group easily around.
...one of the guests is a great photographer and snaps pictures of the evening for future nostalgia.
In other news, Happy Halloween! Hope you all get to attend or throw perfect parties today.
"A commonplace book is what a provident poet cannot subsist without, for this proverbial reason, that “great wits have short memories:” and whereas, on the other hand, poets, being liars by profession, ought to have good memories; to reconcile these, a book of this sort, is in the nature of a supplemental memory, or a record of what occurs remarkable in every day’s reading or conversation." - Jonathan Swift, "A Letter of Advice to a Young Poet"