We had a variety of drinks and snacks for people to choose, including a punch that I made up a couple house before the party. I thought it was pretty and fun, especially with the frozen berries floating in the jar. We also tried to have different "activities" to entertain us. Food (of course), games, video games, and hanging outside in our backyard.
Since we have more kids in the mix now, we pulled out Brendan's new sprinkler that I bought for $3.00 on clearance from Bed, Bath & Beyond, and his pool, a birthday present from Aunt Bekah. The kids had a blast (for the most part). I think it really helped having something to entertain them with.
To end the night we had 12 adults sit down and try to play a board game. It was a little slow, but I think it was great having everyone together playing a game was a lot of fun. I look forward to hosting more parties through the years!