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At a social gathering in someone’s home, a simple toast might thank the hosts for bringing everyone together with good food, drinks and company.

• Help out: Rachel Weingarten, who has hosted and produced celebrity and charity events, said she always has the best time when she’s working, “since I had a legitimate reason to introduce myself to everyone. I’d advise people to make themselves unofficial hosts by volunteering to help out the hosts. Help greet guests, pour drinks or pass around hors d’oeuvres, make a note of the cute or interesting people and find them again later on.”

• Office networking: For an office party: “Try to meet as many people as possible, find out what they do so you have an opportunity to follow-up with them back in the office,” said Lynne Sarikas, executive director of the MBA Career Center at Northeastern University in Boston. “Talk to people you meet in line for the bar, waiting for a restroom, whatever. You have something in common by being there so start a conversation.”

• Be a good guest: If there’s a magic show, a Secret Santa activity, a sing-along or a game, enthusiastically join in and encourage others to join you.

• Mind your manners: Party pitfalls: Too much booze, offensive jokes or flirtatious behavior that goes over the line.

• Departures: “Know when to go,” advised Jodi R.R. Smith of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting in Marblehead, Mass. “Don’t wait for a conversation to wind its way to an awkward pause or for the party to draw down to the last stragglers. As things begin to slow, wish everyone a happy holiday and either move on to the next person or the next party.”