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Sept. 21, 2022

WALL38: Host Your Own 2-Hour Cocktail Party with Nick Gray

Who doesn’t love a good cocktail party? 

Watch our conversation on Youtube!

I love going to events and meeting new people but gosh, sometimes I feel like I’m not even keeping up the great relationships with the amazing people I already know! Cue this book: The 2-Hour Cocktail Party by Nick Gray.

After reading the first chapter, I set a date for my cocktail party and luckily, the day after, I debrief it in this conversation with the author of the book Nick Gray. 

Nick Gray moved to New York City with few friends and less-than-stellar social skills. But Nick craved new relationships and exciting opportunities. He started hosting non-traditional parties—a move that opened doors he could never have imagined.

Today, after hosting hundreds of 2-hour parties, he counts business owners, artists, and inspiring teachers among a circle of friends that helped him launch a multi-million dollar company called Museum Hack. Featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Nick has been called a host of "culturally significant parties" by New York Magazine.

See his best-rated photos online at or @NickGrayNews on Instagram and Twitter, email him directly to, or see his party tips on How to Host a Party: 

 In this conversation, you'll hear Nick discuss:

  • How Nick started his career and founded the Museum Hack
  • His book, "The 2-Hour Cocktail Party: How to build big relationships with small gatherings."
  • The value of hosting 2-hour cocktail parties

Conversation moments:

(00:00:04) Episode snippet

(00:01:12 ) Introducing today's guest, Nick Gray

(00:02:42) The party guy: Who is Nick Gray?

(00:04:43) The Museum Hack: What led you to your work today?

(00:06:55) Creating great experiences: What is Nick's motivation?

(00:08:20) Serendipity mindset: Doing things that attract opportunities

(00:09:05) How to Host a Party Website: What is it about Nick's book?

(00:10:52) Why are name tags and guest bio so important?

(00:15:04) What should be different between your first and second cocktail parties?

(00:19:26) What advantages come from hosting guests at your home?

(00:23:35) Hosting a party: Developing an incredible network of acquaintances.

(00:28:51) The very best ones will reform.

(00:33:25) Be a super-connector: Introducing them to new people

(00:35:58) Rapid Round

(00:38:46) Connect with Nick Gray


Connect with Nick Gray here:

How to Host a Party Website

The 2-Hour Cocktail Party: Book info

The 2-Hour Cocktail Party: Amazon

How to Host a Clothing Swap

How to Plan a Networking Event

How to Host a Happy Hour Party

Mocktail Party: How to Host When You Don't Drink Alcohol

How to Host a Party in a Small Apartment

How to Do Icebreakers: The Ultimate Guide

Nick Gray's personal website

Nick Gray's blog 

Rapid Round Recommendations:

  • Book: The 2-Hour Cocktail Party: How to build big relationships with small gatherings
  • Quote: "True hospitality is when someone leaves your home feeling better about themselves, not you."
  • Quote: "Your loyalty as a host is not to a single guest but the party as a whole."
  • Quote: "In the time it takes to watch a movie, you can improve your relationships with a room full of people."

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