Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

It's details like the right mix of guests and great entertainment that make regular diplomatic events unforgettable, say Roshan Reddaway and Susan Wilkins.

Jenny Song
Published: Wednesday, 08/16/2006 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 12/18/2012 4:18 pm EST

For every diplomatic party that's fabulous, inevitably there are some that are unmemorable flops. You know, the ones where guests migrate to the corners of the room, staring at each other dully, and the silence grows static as the conversation runs stale. These are the ones where guests leave as early as they can, apologizing profusely and trailing more guests behind them who leap at the opportunity for escape. These are the ones the best party planners learn from and take pains to avoid.

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