There is nothing more attractive and admirable than an independent person. You know—the type who can be perfectly happy treating themselves to a meal at a busy restaurant without feeling self-conscious. Attending a party where you don’t know most of the people can be intimidating, but it’s easy to turn it into an opportunity. Who knows, you might end up making a new friend, meeting the perfect business contact, or serendipitously encountering a romantic possibility. Here are your keys to success:
 Scan the room for people you think you could relate to and go to those first. It’s usually easiest to strike up a conversation with another solo attendee. Start by commenting on something: a cool piece of jewelry the person is wearing, something about the food or space, or simply introduce yourself.
 Reveal something interesting about yourself—your extravagant hobby, your pet hedgehog, a weakness.
 Be a good listener, pick up on items that keep the conversation light and fun.
 Give it time. Perfect chemistry does not happen in an instant. Promise yourself you will not leave until you talk to at least two people.
 Backup plan. Let the host know that you have another engagement from the get-go, so if you don’t feel a fit with the crowd, you can slip away.