Was it a success or failure?
I grew up with my mother being the hostess with the mostess. She would plan sit-down dinner parties for 20+ people every 3-4 months or so. I was always a helper in the kitchen . . . not so much with the actual cooking, but keeping the kitchen clean during prep, setting the table, chopping stuff for salad and what not, taking things out of the oven, etc. Kinda like a sous chef in training.
So, shortly after I was married (when I was 20) I decided to throw a dinner party for my parents and my parents-in-law.
I had the table set to a T. Apps were ready when guests showed up. Low lighting and nice music . . . but my kitchen was a disaster. So was I (I didn't give me time to dress myself before guests arrived.
The meal was eh.okay, because I didn't time things properly so some things were over done and others not quite done.
All in all I'd call my first dinner party a failure, even though the guests were very polite and thankful.
I've since learned . . . hosting a dinner party isn't as easy as it seems.