Party Intelligence Gathering: Which Do You Prefer: Small or Big Get Togethers?

It's definitely party season, and every year, my holiday obligations range from small, intimate dinner parties to large, cacophonous affairs, swirling with strangers and the spicy scent of gin. I know which I prefer, but which type of invitation do you tend to gravitate toward: small dinners or big cocktail parties?

There's certainly something to be said about the events where you get to mingle with new folks, sampling hors d'oeuvres and all manner of libations. There's the thrill of new conversations, the chance of meeting a kindred spirit, and the opportunity to try all kinds of complicated beverages that you might never muster the energy (or liquor cabinet repertoire) to make at home.

But ultimately, I know that I'd choose an invitation for a smaller gathering, where I get to linger over tasty fall dishes and several bottles of wine with those who are near and dear to me, or transitively, those who are near and dear to them.

What about you? Which type of invitation do you prefer, and if you're a frequent party-thrower, what type of event do you prefer to host?

(Images: Maureen Petrosky for TheKitchn and Joe & Brad's Small Space with Big Style House Tour)