How do you throw a successful party? Free-flowing drink and a killer playlist must surely come high on the list, but it’s the ability to understand and respond to your guests’ emotional needs that will transform their evening into something to be enjoyed rather than politely endured. Amy Alkon—advice columnist and author of Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence—believes that understanding human behavior is key to ensuring that each guest feels included within the party. From This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars of Hosting: Belonging What can the concept of “moral sympathy” teach us about effective hosting? Arts & Culture Issue 30 Table Textiles Swatch, sample and swap with abandon. Until the scissors come out, nothing’s off the table. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars of Hosting: Entertainment Storytelling virtuoso Bobette Buster on the art of the anecdote. Arts & Culture Issue 30 At Work With: Charlotte Wilde A wine bar doyenne instructs on how to throw a party fit for Bacchus in your own home. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars Of Hosting: Comfort What if informal gatherings make us more etiquette conscious, not less? Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars Of Hosting: Trust On xenia—the Ancient Greek appreciation of trust between host and guests—in the 21st century.