1. Keep the invite list small. Preferably zero. Dogs welcome. Children should be left at home.
  2. Buy more wine than you think you will need. It is so embarrassing if you run out.
  3. Theme of the cuisine: comfort food, whatever that means for you. My personal favorite for a mid summertime pity party is popsicles. Not for dessert. For dinner! Because you're an adult (sort of).
  4. Dress code: PJs or "workout" attire
  5. Music: this is not a time for pop. Stick to wallowing classics. Jazz or acoustic singer/songwriters are perennial favorites.
  6. Entertainment: television. If you have traditional cable TV, turn on the remote and leave it on whatever is already on. This is not a time to make decisions. For cord cutters, I recommend leaning into nostalgia. Friends on Netflix, for example, is a sure fire winner.
  7. Lastly, it's your party and you can cry if you want to. But don't, your mascara will run.