The event was a success because the young men and women involved were able to meet more potential partners in one night than they would have in one month of typical dating. Organizing a speed dating night for you and your friends can be relatively easy if you plan ahead.
Consider whether you want to do this at your house or one of your friends' houses. Try to find or create an arena where people can talk in relatively private spaces, at tables or on couches. This may be the largest part of organizing the event, since guests are coming with the goal of meeting other interesting guests. You can start with your single friends and then branch out, asking people to invite single friends. Beth Brindle, writing for the website of "TLC," recommends capping the guest list at around 20, and of course, keeping an even number.
Plan far enough ahead of time that you can send out invitations and accept RSVPs. Plan food and drinks. So that guests can soothe some of their anxiety about dating, you should make some beer and wine available, but not so much that it becomes a rager.
Party planner Camille Styles recommends planning for one drink per guest per hour, as a general rule. Have some bite-sized appetizers that are tasty and easy to eat -- nothing too messy or too pungent. Pita bread and hummus, bruschetta, or basic cheese and crackers are all good options. Give it a special touch. Speed dating events are fairly common now, but you have the chance to make yours stand out. Whatever you do, make sure the environment is relaxed and fun. Organize effectively with lists, name tags, and a timer.
Figure out ahead of time which 10 people will be staying put at tables, or on couches, etc. Let your guests know how long they'll have to talk during each session, and use a timer to organize each "date. Items you will need.