Parties that have frozen o’deuvres, canned beer, boxed up wine, without any music, and all the lights on would not make a very great party at all. The rules for good entertaining are; Good food, good drinks, and good atmosphere.
Casual parties should even serve fresh, good food. Serving finger foods is a good idea this is because there are no utensils used so there is less of a clean up afterwards. Serve the food on trays this way there will be enough so you will not need to run back and fourth from the kitchen. You also need to enjoy your party.
Remember to never serve beer in cans. Wine should be bought in bottles. It should not cost you an arm and a leg even though it doesn’t come from a box. It is also o good idea to have a few bottles around the house, for guest that may pop by and like to have a few drinks.
The atmosphere is made up of three main things; music, lighting, and decoration. There needs to be music at every party. Where there is good music there usually is dancing, and parties are a lot better if there is dancing. With the lights on nobody will even think about dancing. It is a good idea to have your light switches changed to dimmer switches sometime if you plan to have a few parties over the years.
The focal point of the room will be the table that you will be serving on and the liquor so make it look good with a table cloth and some flowers. If it is a theme party then decorate accordingly. Nothing tacky is needed.
Mingle with your guests; there is no need to be running back and fourth. Enjoy the atmosphere that you have created, have some fun too.