2. Let guests fix their own drinks, and provide an array of garnishes.
Like this cool muddling bar. That way, everyone gets something they like. And you don’t have to spend time mixing a punch. (Unless you want to. Punch is tasty). Adorbs Mad Scientist party from here.
8. If you want to cook yourself, make the food ahead.
You should also have a food rehearsal — make the dish for dinner a couple of weeks before your party so you’re sure it tastes good and is easy enough to make.