Whether you're hosting a full-on dinner party or just a small gathering for cocktails, adding some fresh faces to the mix will liven things up.
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Spending time with your regular group of friends is fine and dandy, but sometimes you want to get some fresh blood into the mix. After all, learning about new people can be a lot of fun. That's why Taylor Rondestvedt at Food52 suggests a tip he found in an old 1960s party hosting book:
Invite two good friends and have each of them bring someone no one else in the party knows. That way, you still have a small group but you're able to meet new people!
The key here is to explicitly ask that they only bring new people no one has met. This isn't just a plus one! Everyone will have someone new to meet, guaranteed, and you might even make some great new friends in the process. If you're concerned about riff-raff ruining your party, only extend this type of "bring someone new" invitation to your closer friends you trust.