Cocktails are a lovely way to get a dinner party going. Make your happy hour even more entertaining by turning it into a game. Divide guests into teams; a judge will call out the name of a cocktail, and one player from each team will race to see who can make the best version. Or, as the party planning Web site Punch Bowl suggests, you can have your guests invent new cocktails, with everyone voting for the best (and worst) -- and, of course, suggesting names for the new drinks.
If you prefer brews to cocktails, don't feel left out; challenge your drinkers to open a pry-top bottle with something other than a bottle opener. Just be sure to put anything irreplaceable out of reach.
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