A strategy that I doubted initially but developed and found to be successful was:
:appraise party guests:
- locate disproportionately hot woman to weak and feeble man couple
-physically interrupt the man's space without apology
- quote Jack London LOL (at woman. Only keep man in peripheral vision to deflect any physical aggression)
- if girl's eyes respond kindly, take over shoulder
You will not have energy when all that's played out...lol shit's nerve wracking
"Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."
Jack london, "Before Adam"