Parties are fun for everyone, except the person organizing it. Hosts are usually stressed, frazzled, constantly on their toes, and running around to make sure all the arrangements are fine. It’s debatable whether, at the end of the evening, they can claim to have had a good time at all.
There’s no reason why parties have to be such a burden. Here are some tips to hosting get together like a pro and actually have fun in the process.
Don’t Try To Do Too Much
You have ten absolutely brilliant ideas and they’re all guaranteed to take your party to the next level. Great! Dump seven of them and go with only two or three. Remember, less allows you to do more and it allows you to do it better. Being overambitious could very well cause the whole event to fall apart. Play it safe, try and do justice to a handful of ideas, and focus on having fun.
Set the Table the Night Before
Prepping the table a day before leaves you with one less thing to worry about on the D-day. Put out the cutlery, the silver, the glassware, and even the flowers the night before. With that out of the way, you can turn your attention to other things before the party begins.
Let your Guests Mingle
Instead of confining yourself to one room or gathering around the traditional dining table, have your guests move through the house. Set up the drinks and beverage station on the lawn, a couple of tables with snacks in the patio, and a buffet like the spread in the living room. Not only will the gathering feel less crowded, but guests will open up and talk to each other.
Clean up the Powder Room
When organizing a party, we get so busy planning things like food, drinks, cutlery, and table arrangement that the bathroom gets pushed right towards the bottom of the list. Let’s fix that. In addition to the cursory rubdown, you give the powder room before the evening starts, light a votive and keep some flowers in a vase to pretty up space. And of course, don’t forget to stock up on towels, toilet paper, and napkins for the guests, because you’re going to run out of them for sure.
Send Your Guests Home with a Little Something
Giving guests a parting gift isn’t just a special gesture, it’s also a reminder of the pleasant evening you shared with them. Don’t get fussed about arranging anything elaborate. Freshly baked cookies, desserts, and leftovers packed in doggie bags, and homemade preserves packed into small bottles are all great tokens that can be given out to your friends. After all, it’s the thought that counts, doesn’t it?