The art of party attending is even more delicate, more nuanced, than that of planning. In fact, we'd even say it's more important. True, your host likely spent time and money in order to throw the perfect bash, but it falls on the shoulders of the guests to make it fun. What a nightmare is must be to expect a dazzling array of conversation and laughs only to learn that the people you've invited are boring stiffs. So do your hardworking host a favor and read this guide to shaking things up.

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