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A party is a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purposes of socializing, conversation, recreation, or as part of a festival or other commemoration of a special occasion.wikipedia
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A party will typically feature food and beverages, and often music and dancing or other forms of entertainment.
Entertainment evolves and can be adapted to suit any scale, ranging from an individual who chooses a private entertainment from a now enormous array of pre-recorded products; to a banquet adapted for two; to any size or type of party, with appropriate music and dance; to performances intended for thousands; and even for a global audience.


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A birthday party is a celebration of the anniversary of the birth of the person who is being honored.
Birthdays of people are celebrated in numerous cultures, often with birthday gifts, birthday cards, a birthday party, or a rite of passage.

Cocktail party

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Dinner parties are often preceded by a cocktail hour in a living room or bar, where guests drink cocktails while mingling and conversing.
A cocktail party is a party at which cocktails are served.


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At less formal dinner parties, a buffet is provided.
In recent years, however, buffet meals are increasingly popular among hosts of home dinner parties, especially in homes where limited space complicates the serving of individual table places.

Hors d'oeuvre

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At some informal dinner parties, the host may ask guests to bring food or beverages (a main dish, a side dish, a dessert, or appetizers).
Hors d'oeuvres may be served at the dinner table as a part of the meal, or they may be served before seating, such as at a reception or cocktail party.


An event described as a garden party is usually more formal than other outdoor gatherings, which may be called simply parties, picnics, barbecues, etc. A garden party can be a prestigious event.
A barbecue can refer to the cooking method itself, the meat cooked this way, or to a type of social event featuring this type of cooking.

Party hat

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Children and even adults sometimes wear colorful cone-shaped party hats.
Its name originates with its use: Party hats are worn most often at birthday parties, especially by the guest of honor, with a significant minority being worn for New Year celebrations.

Silly String

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Streamers, silly string, and balloons may be used for this purpose.
Silly String is often used during weddings, birthday parties, carnivals and other festive occasions, but it has also proven useful militarily to detect tripwires.

Happy Birthday to You

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While the birthday cake is being brought to the table, the song "Happy Birthday to You" or some other birthday song is sung by the guests.
It is traditional, among English-speakers, that at a birthday party, the song "Happy Birthday to You" be sung to the birthday person by the other guests celebrating the birthday, often when presented with a birthday cake.

Side dish

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At some informal dinner parties, the host may ask guests to bring food or beverages (a main dish, a side dish, a dessert, or appetizers).
Rice and couscous, have grown to be quite popular throughout Europe, especially at formal occasions (with couscous appearing more commonly at dinner parties with Middle Eastern dishes).

Wedding reception

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The hosts and any guests of honor form a receiving line in order of precedence near the entrance.
A wedding reception is a party usually held after the completion of a marriage ceremony as hospitality for those who have attended the wedding, hence the name reception: the couple receive society, in the form of family and friends, for the first time as a married couple.

Costume party

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Guests at a costume party or a fancy dress party wear costumes.
A costume party (American English) or a fancy dress party (British English) is a type of party, common mainly in contemporary Western culture, where guests dress up in costumes.

Garden at Buckingham Palace

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For example, invitations by the British Sovereign to garden parties at Buckingham Palace are considered an honor.
The garden is where the Queen's garden parties are held.

House party

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A house party is a party where a large group of people get together at a private home to socialize.
A house party is typically a type of party where medium to large groups of people gather at the residence of the party's host.

Buckingham Palace

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Formal receptions are parties that are designed to receive a large number of guests, often at prestigious venues such as Buckingham Palace, the White House or Government Houses of the British Empire and Commonwealth.
At the centre of this suite is the Bow Room, through which thousands of guests pass annually to the Queen's garden parties.

Bachelor party

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A stag night, also known as a stag weekend, stag do or stag party (in the United Kingdom, Commonwealth countries, and Ireland), a buck's night (in Australia) or bachelor party (in United States) is a party held for the man who is to shortly enter marriage.

Hester Thrale

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Famous soirée hostesses include Hester Thrale.
Fanny Burney, in her diary, describes the conversations at several of Thrale's soirées, including one in 1779 about a young woman named Miss Sophy Streatfeild (1755–1835), who was a favourite of both Mr. Johnson and Mr. Thrale, rather to the chagrin of Hester, who commented that Sophy "had a power of captivation that was irresistible... her beauty joined to her softness, her caressing manners, her tearful eyes, and alluring looks, would insinuate her into the heart of any man she thought worth attacking."

Disc jockey

The music for dance parties is usually selected and played by a disc jockey.

Full Moon Party

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The Full Moon Party is an all-night beach party that originated

Party plan

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The party plan is a method of marketing products by hosting what is presented as a social event at which products will be offered for sale.


School-related parties for teenagers and young adults include proms and graduation parties, which are held in honor of someone who has recently graduated from a school or university.
In some places, graduation parties celebrating graduation from school, college or university are popular.

Bridal shower

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Traditionally, a bridal shower is a way for an engaged woman to be "showered" with gifts for her upcoming married life (see hope chest).
Showers are often held during the afternoon or evening, but not generally as luncheons or dinner parties.

Naked party

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A naked party, also known as nude party, is a party where the participants are required to be nude.

Political houseparty

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A political houseparty is a party held in a private home for the purpose of supporting a particular candidate, political party, or ballot measure, or to share information and opinions about an upcoming election.

Toga party

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Toga parties are associated with keg parties and excessive drinking, and attendees typically tend to be college or university students.