A speed dating party

Beth Brindle, writing for the website of "TLC," recommends capping the guest list at around 20, and of course, keeping an even number.

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Whatever you do, make sure the environment is relaxed and fun.

Organize effectively with lists, name tags, and a timer.

Pita bread and hummus, bruschetta, or basic cheese and crackers are all good options. Speed dating events are fairly common now, but you have the chance to make yours stand out.

Consider whether your event will be formal or casual, or have a theme such as “tropical island” or “1990s.” You can have your guests each come up with some clever first-date questions to put in a hat for random drawing, or create formal question cards for every table.Organizing a speed dating night for you and your friends can be relatively easy if you plan ahead. Consider whether you want to do this at your house or one of your friends' houses.You should only host the event on your property if you’re comfortable doing so, and you know the guests or at least know people who can vouch for them.She has a Master's degree in writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English and anthropology.Her creative work has been published in several small literary magazines.The final event, though, was a two-month disaster in the making, and I blame myself. But I wanted so much for it to happen that I had another of my now-famous bad ideas. All I needed to do was search a reasonable radius for men in my target age range looking for women in that target age range.