In this installment of our Entertaining 101 series, we’re going to go back to basics and talk about essential party tips to make you a hosting pro.
We’ve told you about what types of parties you can throw during various times during the year, we wanted to take a step back and talk about how you should host those parties. We understand that not everyone has the experience and know-how to throw an exciting bash, so we’re here to help. But instead of focusing on how to host from the hosts perspective, we’re going to look at it from the guest’s perspective.
There are a lot of reasons for this approach. More often than not, even if someone has never hosted a party, they’ve been a guest at one. Just doing that can plant the seeds of knowing what to expect when you’re hosting your own party, but it can be difficult to know how to execute on those ideas. Read our top tips below to learn more about how even a party novice can throw a party that everyone will love!
Consider Your Guest List
No matter what party you’re throwing, you’ll have to think about the types of guests you’re inviting. Think about a time you were at a party where the host didn’t thoroughly think through their guest list. It may have still have been fun, but there may have also been a guest or two that were a little out there. And while they produce great stories after the party, their presence during it can be a little…awkward. We recommend inviting groups of people that you know will get along and diversifying them enough so that they aren’t just family members or coworkers.
Be Sure to Hide Visual Clutter
If you’re throwing a party at your house, it’s important to think about your decor from a guests perspective. We’re sure you love that handcrafted figurine you got during your honeymoon, but you might want to consider putting it away during your party. Seeing random knick-knacks can put people on edge. Along with that, if you have more delicate items, if they are left out, they are more likely to get broken. We recommend creating a serene atmosphere with your party design so it can immediately put guests at ease. Stow away your valuable objects in a dresser, chest, or on a high shelf for safe keeping. You may want to consider taking down a photo or two as well.
Set Up Your Bar Ahead of Time
Everyone knows that food and drink are the two most important things to have plenty of at a party. There’s nothing worse than not having something to drink or snack on during a party from both the guest’s and the host’s perspective. To alleviate that, we recommend stocking your bar and snack table as early as possible before your guests arrive. It’s great for guests to see all the goodies that are available to them, and it helps them know how much they should eat so you can save on food and drink costs.
Dress Up Your Home
Cleaning isn’t the only thing you should do to your home – you should dress it up as well. If you go that extra step, your guests will see that you attempted to make something really special for them. When we say dress up, we mean that it should look nicer than it does on a day-to-day basis. Show off your home’s features, change up the lighting, and bring in unique decor items to really make your space pop. Trust us, your guests will shower you with compliments all night.
So there you have it! What design tips should we cover next?