This piece from the Washington Post has some really great ideas for hosting a stress-free cocktail party.
"I relish inviting people over for creative cocktails, lively banter and, most importantly, a good time. But sometimes I get in my own head, stressing out over making sure everyone has a glass in hand and is enjoying the party to the fullest. Be it for New Year’s Eve or just a casual Friday, hosting a cocktail party should be festive and as stress-free as possible. Here are a few tips to help make that happen." - Aaron Hutcherson (Washington Post)
Of course this year there are, again, concerns about Covid safety: how many people to invite; vaccination status; testing; mask-wearing and more. What's important is...you have a plan and rules in place that will make everyone (including you) more comfortable.