Your party is a chance for you to show off your imagination and wit to your guests, so weave something unique and original into it. For example, Maynard-Parisi suggests doing something as simple as replacing the generic can of store-bought snacks with a homemade version. “Don’t just have bar nuts,” he recommends. “Have bar nuts with a different kind of spice mixture that you have created, so it becomes a conversation starter.” [These are addictive; these have a kick.]
To spice up his liquid offerings, Maynard-Parisi replaces mass-market six-packs with 750 milliliter bottles of craft beers. By being the guy who has Dogfish Head, Stone, and Rogue, you’ve immediately set a distinctive tone for your party.