My challenge to you is put down your phone and relax! There is more to life than texting. Next time you see a close friend or family member of yours is celebrating a birthday -- send them a handwritten card in the mail, take them out for happy hour or just pick up the phone.
We all know it's going to happen, that evening after a great day outside when we neglect to prepare. It's like getting caught out with only your prescription sunglasses as night falls. You might look cool, but you're regretting not be being prepared.
A receiving line is the perfect opportunity for guests and hosts to meet one another at a large event. They are only essential for groups of fifty or more, when it's otherwise impossible for the hosts to greet everyone individually.