There is more to a dinner party or cocktail hour than tabletop and food. How about the conversation? You definitely don't want your party having the dynamic of half of the guests glued to mobile devices updating social media feeds and the other half glued to the wall. As hostess (or a good guest), you must mingle to make merry. We've shared a few of our favorite tips above, but we have a little link love to even more tantalizing tidbits on mastering the art of conversation.
Kate Spade has an adorable collection of greeting one-liners here just in case you meet a handsome stranger.
The Capital Grill - one of our absolute favorite restaurant and bars - has detailed tips on creating genuine connections and breaking the ice here.
Preparation is key, as well as a good listening ear, according to The Art of Manliness, and we quite agree. See all of their tips here for being a good gentleman or gentlewoman.
Brain Pickings - another favorite daily read - has tips on politeness, which has an aim to make those whom you associate with as well satisfied with themselves as possible.
Sounds like this art is really quite a skill, so brush up on these tips before your next soiree.