As long as there's enough food, refreshments and of course good, fun friends your party will be a success.
This, as last year, may present additional challenges if you are reluctant to have an in-person gathering. I'll write an article about how to have a remote party hosted online soon.
1 Planning. Start planning early. Half the fun is the creativity that goes into the menu, decoration, setting the table and anticipating the day of the party.
2 Themes. A really nice touch and are especially fun around holidays, birthdays and special events, including decorations, food and fun.
3 Invitations. Whether snail mail or email, receiving formal invites is appreciated by guests and adds flair to your party.
4 Food. Use recipes that you have served before. This is not the time to experiment. Commercially prepared or packaged food is just fine.
5 What can I bring? I've learned over the years that guests LIKE to contribute, so 'assign' food, decoration and libations when appropriate.
6 Table settings. A formal sit-down occasion calls for ceramic or china. Paper or plastic plates work for BBQs. Good serving dishes and utensils, no matter what, are a way to dress up the table.
7 Organization. Keep visible areas clear of food whenever possible. Especially if your kitchen or cook area is exposed to where the guests will be socializing.
8 Wardrobe. Plan a comfortable wardrobe a couple days before the party. Ladies, heels or flats, it's up to you.
9 Help! Depending on the size of the group and available budget, you may consider hiring a helper for serving and cleaning up.
10 Sharing (too much.) As fun as sharing photos is, don't post them if you offend anyone who wasn't invited.