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Let your guests know if they should bring something, and offer suggestions of what would be welcome.

Ask someone why they're leaving, no matter what time it is.


Show up with at least a little something—a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates or flowers.

Get drunk and make out in the kitchen, in the bathroom or on top of the coats.

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