The Handbook: Work the Party Circuit
Never be the first to arrive. You’ll get stuck playing co-host when the others show up. But let them know if you plan to get there more than 45 minutes after the start time.
2) What to Say
Ask open-ended questions—things that begin with who, what and where—to get a conversation started. Or, begin with fail-safes like the day’s weather or traffic.
Find your host and say hello. Then proceed to the bar. Chatting in line is good. Lingering at the bar once you have your drinks is bad.
Discreetly retrieve your jackets. Approach your host quickly and thank them genuinely, turn and exit.