What's makes a good party as an adult?
On the young end of the spectrum, I went to a house party the other weekend for the first time in a while, and it was definitely a throwback to my college days, when I didn't care about how small, crowded, and sticky a place could be, so long as there was a means to get a little inebriated with friends.
Then on the older end of the spectrum, I recently attended an event at the World Trade Center in Boston. As a corporate event of all sorts of top Boston-based companies, it was intended to entertain demographics of all ages, even though it was still mostly white. As such, the hodgepodge included things like circus performers (acrobats, etc.), weird clapping toys, a top 50 hits played too loudly over speaker phones, a barbecue buffet, italian ice, and, of course, an open bar.
My conclusion is that people largely go for the drinks. Growing up, it's always seemed strange to me that the appeal of parties was for drinks with friends, when you can just as easily enjoy food with friends. Ever since watching Audrey Hepburn's Breakfast at Tiffany's, I've always thought cocktail parties was a weird bougie thing. Great Gatsby-esque, as well.
Maybe there isn't such a thing as one-size-fits-all. Personally, I'm happy with a party with not only good company and snacks, but either board games or video games as well.