When planning a party for let's say, a neighborhood get together, don't feel like you need to do all of the work. Ask your neighbors to bring something.
For instance last weekend we had a neighborhood Happy Hour, everyone brought their favorite Mock or Cocktail, and we just all hung out and got to know each other.
The kids played, and the adults "played" too! Some people brought snacks and we all made new friends.
Now that's the way to throw a party!