I've always said that LA is full of gorgeous people (even the ugly ones are pretty) but New York is where the characters are. Since this city is such a melting pot of different cultures, there's a diversity in beauty and types of people that you may not see in another city. Besides great food at a party, it's always wonderful to have some hot servers to accompany the hot food. Okay, I know you're thinking this may seem trivial or superficial, but let's think about this: The devil is in the details. If you're going to oversee all the other crucial details of your event, why not ensure that there's some great eye candy to go along with the main entree?
Yes, I am being a little cheeky--but there's nothing wrong with admiring beauty, and if that means also getting to flirt with a random stranger, then all the better. And listen to this, at one of my parties a guest and a server ended up clicking and making a real connection. They later got married!
One semi-related, but semi-not side note to this thought--I really dislike when waiters are asked to wear tuxes at a black tie affair. It's confusing to distinguish the servers from the guests and can cause some awkward moments. I can't tell you how many times I've been at a formal event as a guest and I've had other guests come up to me to ask for a drink (talk about profiling).
What do you think? Is eye candy important?