House parties are fun! Well, they are for the guests, at least. The host is usually busy making all the preparations that make a party a hit. It’s not an easy task, is it?
It becomes even more difficult when friends make a plan to pop in at very short notice? You don’t have as much time to make all the arrangements and you start worrying if it’s not going to be a complete disaster.
Fret not! Here are a few quick tips to make your evening a huge success.
Good music is essential to set the right mood. We suggest you keep a couple of playlists always ready on your computer or phone. Better still, find the best website to stream music.
If you’re in a real hurry, just go with some semi-classical instrumental music. That can never go wrong.
Your living room can get stuffy if you’re hosting too many people and there are a lot of snacks going around. If there’s lots of food involved, the situation is only going to get worse. Keep the rooms well ventilated by opening all the doors and windows. If that’s not possible (especially during summers when you’re trying to keep the mosquitoes away), place a few scented candles throughout the room.
You cannot clean the entire house in the three hours left before the party. You have to prioritize. Start with the toilets in such cases, and tidy up the dining table and the coffee table. Dust the sofas and clean it of all the fur your pet has shed. Finally, throw out all the trash and make sure all your dustbins are spic-n-span.
Nobody forgets to arrange the drinks before a party, because … well, what is a party without drinks? However, most people do forget to arrange for ice! Or they forget to chill the drinks properly. Don’t make that mistake for the only thing worse than a party with no drinks is a party with lukewarm drinks!
If you have a large group of people coming, keep lots of tissue papers handy and place coasters strategically around the living room and dining room.
Cooking is always an issue when you have these sudden parties. Don’t pressurize yourself into cooking a 5-course meal, if you don’t have time. Order in from a good restaurant, instead. Another thing you could do is have a variety of interesting snacks, followed by a hearty one-dish meal. End with a nice dessert and coffee. You can be sure your friends – their bellies full and heart content – will compliment you on your lovely hosting skills!
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