A party is a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purposes of socializing, conversation, recreation, or as part of a festival or other commemoration. A party will typically feature food and beverages, and often music and dancing as well. The word “party” may also refer to the event itself. A celebration is something that people do to mark an event in their lives, for example an anniversary or graduation.
Parties are often given to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, coming-of-age ceremonies (e.g., sweet sixteens), graduations from school or university (coming of age), the completion of an academic degree program (e.g., law school), retirement from work (e.g., after 25 years on