This answer on the ELL SE says that "give a party" is interchangeable with "throw/hold a party:"

What is the difference between "hold a party", "have a party", "give a party" and "throw a party"?

I think they're all pretty much interchangeable.

Everyone on this forum thread takes the phrase in stride:

You might give a formal tea party, but you would not throw a formal tea party - even if you were discussing it informally.

I haven't heard "give a party" used before. Is it regional (or have I just missed it somehow)? If so, where's it most used? (I'm in Colorado)

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    I'm from the midwest US, and it's a familiar usage to me. I'd say that "give" is the most common, though people wouldn't bat an eye at "hold", "have", or "throw".
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 17:52
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    In Scotland there’s also getting a party.
    – Pam
    Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 18:36
  • Throw a party is far more casual than give a party. Polite society gives parties; wilder groups throw them.
    – Bread
    Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 21:44

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A century ago, your friends would nearly always give a party, as this NGram shows...

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(If you change the corpus to BrE in that link, you'll see we haven't changed much cisatlantic!)

I don't know about regional variance, but overall AmE preferences for the past century are...

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And personally I'd be quite happy if my friends staged / hosted / organised a party for me!


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