* Practice portion control; you don't have to eat everything set in front of you. Eat a moderate amount, then stop.
* Stick to a single glass of wine if offered.
* Spend time talking instead of eating.
* Choose only select parties to go to, if possible.
* Eat something small before you go so you aren't too hungry.
* Don't deny yourself, enjoy the time.
"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come" - Proverbs 31:25