Well, having grown up on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean,
a party was when someone got out their big cooler, a chair, some tunes or an instrument (an ukulele or guitar to make your own music)
went into their carport out front, got themselves comfy,
the rest of the neighbors came over with their cooler, chair and some sort of music.
Someone else brought over the charcoal grill with some of the fish that they just caught on their boat,
another guy's got...