“It was one of those parties where you cough twice before you speak and then decide not to say it after all.”
“The cocktail party is probably America's greatest contribution to the world of entertaining.”
"A toast to the Cocktail Party
Where olives are speared
And friends are stabbed."
“The Cocktail Party - a device for paying off obligations to people you don't want to invite to dinner.”
Charles Merrill Smith, 'Instant Status' (1972)
“....what is your host's purpose in having a party? Surely not for you to enjoy yourself; if that were their sole purpose they'd have simply sent champagne and women over to your place by taxi.”
P. J. O'Rourke (1947 - )
“Cocktail party: A gathering held to enable forty people to talk about themselves at the same time. The man who remains after the liquor is gone is the host.”
“Soup is cuisine's kindest course. It breathes reassurance; it steams consolation; after a weary day it promotes sociability, as the five o'clock cup of tea or the cocktail hour.”
Louis P. De Gouy, ‘The Soup Book’ (1949)
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