Our groups of friends don’t mix well. When we have parties, how should we help them mingle?
While we would suggest avoiding the stress and having different groups over on different nights (bonus: a smaller group equals more time actually catching up), we respect your attempt to be the United Nations for an evening. The trick will be to have apps and cocktails at the ready so you won’t be in the kitchen while your guests are mingling. When all else fails, think food, booze, and games. Forgive us for being cheesy, but one icebreaker we actually recommend is giving out name tags that have three interesting facts about each guest (create them before your guests arrive). Think: “Just bought a puppy,” “Got married in Boston,” and “Favorite movie is Dazed and Confused.” It'll help those guests who aren’t good at small talk.
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