A friend had been rehabbing on old garage for some years. It all came together last winter and he was ready to open the doors to friends and colleagues, but instead of a big housewarming he organized over a dozen small dinners to fill the 8 seats around his kitchen island table—intentionally mixing and matching folks that might not know each other.
I was worried if I would flopsweat and flop jokes, but it turned out to be delightful. (Probably did both, but everyone was nice, so it was fine.)
Related—A few weeks later I came across this article: One Wedding Ceremony and 12 Tiny Receptions
Mental note made: Small guest lists are solid and good.