Nina Yashar, the Milan design gallerist known for her harmoniously mixed interiors, says her dinner parties have frequently introduced her guests to new best friends and business partners, because of her tendency to invite two old friends and two new friends to every affair. A dinner party is a great way to acquaint new people, but trusty friends (and conversationalists) are indispensable. Their ease will invite others to take the same attitude. Among guests, shared interests, professional fields or a sense of humor will also help.
When choosing what beverages to serve, consider what might go well with your menu, what you like to drink yourself and what the group might enjoy. Think also about what kind of night this should be. Do you want a tequila-induced dance party or a sparkling water-supported business card exchange? Otherwise, wine is the standard libation for dinner parties. 2b1af7f3a8