The VIP List:
Extend an invite to the coworkers you want to get to know better, or those cool neighbors down the street. Since cocktail parties are short lived, it’s the ideal situation for breaking the ice with people you hardly know.
The Potential Party Poopers:
You’re looking for a night off from anything stressful, so skip the invite to the boss, but do invite the neighbors who always seem a little too cranky to say hello. They may not be the most fun (yet!), but you never know, an invite over may just brighten their mood and turn them neighborly.
The Signature Drink:
Try a skinny margarita on the rocks with that new tequila you picked up on your last trip to Mexico. Fresh lime, agave syrup and a salted rim are all it takes for a beverage that’s super-refreshing when it’s scorching outside.
Keep it small with finger foods. A happy hour is just that, an hour (or two), and less food means a smaller chance of party hanger-on-ers overstaying their welcome.
The Party Trick:
Beer pong, adult style: Skip the beer and stick to water-filled red cups to avoid any wardrobe disasters. You’re adults now, so you probably won’t be too thrilled if your latest summer dress gets splashed with stale pale ale.
“Electric Feel” by MGMT