All I can say is that Age lifestyle journalists must be attending and hosting very boring parties these days, and if you get invited to a party by an Age lifestyle journalist I would suggest you politely decline.
If I was organising a perfect party this is what I would like:
- guests who are funny and a little bit competitive but not too competitive, so you can have plenty of amusing anecdotes flying but everyone gets to finish their sentences
- food with protein in it
- lots of water available (either for drinking when thirsty or for using in waterpistols)
- children who can entertain themselves in the backyard
- grownups who can entertain themselves in the backyard
- music that comes on vinyl with things like 'Brazil' and '66' on the cover. But not including Bob Dylan and 66 (unless the party has already been going for a very long time and is nearly over)
- people who like to sing along (but not competitively for this, please). People who like to sing the Love Boat theme are particularly welcome)
- Parlour Games available if needed, with a suitable number of guests willing to play parlour games and be quite competitive indeed
- a friendly and very old neighbour who enjoys a party
- a jazz band
- diverse beverages
- things that the guests enjoy eating, drinking and doing.