I'm thinking of the kind of party given aboard ship when in harbour for other naval officers, wives, sweethearts and friends et cetera. OK, I know that pink gin was traditionally the Naval officer's drink of choice and would certainly have been served. But not everybody necesarily liked it, particularly ladies might have felt it too strong or just unladylike, and some people would be unable to knock back hard liquor if they were going on duty after the party. What other drinks might have been on offer? And what snacks/canapes, if any?