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When you're inviting people into your home, regardless of the occasion, you're really taking a gamble. A gamble in the best possibly way, yes. But still, a gamble. No matter how much you vet your list, there's always the question of whether or not people will get along, or if you'll spend the evening trying to make everyone talk. And perhaps crying on the inside.
That's because a party can be likened to a living organism. Scratch that. It's really more like putting on a play: Everyone has a role and the energy ebbs and flows over the course of an evening. And you'll never know what will happen. At best, everyone leaves in a happy haze, at worst, someone passes out.
The stakes are a bit higher on New Year's Eve. If you're not going out and about, you'll either be hosting a party...or attending one. You're pretty much forced to be social, perhaps to balance out all that family time you had over the holidays. And though we can't tell you how the evening will go, we can introduce you to the 11 guests you'll most likely meet at the party--and how to handle them.