Tis' the season for hosting friends, family and even acquaintances. Hosting comes naturally to some, to others it can be a struggle. The important thing is to make sure you get to enjoy the fabulous party you plan! There is a balance between creating an enjoyable evening for friends while enjoying the evening yourself. We want to help you have the best holidays possible so here are a couple tips that should help you attempt both!
1. SIZE Think about the size of space you will have, fill it, but don't over fill it. Keeping your group a manageable size is very important. Consider:
- Cost: You want to treat your guests well without over extending yourself financially.
- Time: Consider how much time you want to visit with each guest.
- Preparation: What can you realistically manage preparing for the number of people invited?
2. MUSIC Hosting a brunch for your girlfriends will require a much different playlist than an paella party in the back yard. It's important to create an experience using all senses. Thanksgiving can be a tricky one. We'll be publishing a playlist we created next week that is not only festive but also won't (shouldn't) offend anyone in the mixed group.
3. FOOD ( + food allergies )
Food allergies are becoming more widely accepted, if restaurants are adjusting, so should a good host. If you don't already know, reach out to your guests individually. Be prepared to create a meal that is appropriate for all types of allergies.
4. ENVIRONMENT Here are a few things to think through
- Are you hoping for easy conversation? Consider hor d'ouvres and drinks in different rooms, forcing people to walk around.
- Is there a place for kids to play?
- Is there enough comfortable seating
- Is there an appropriate place for nursing mothers?
- Are trash cans easily accessible?
- Is the bathroom well stocked?
5. HAVE A PLAN Good planning relieves stress. I can't stress this enough. Make those lists!
- Grocery list
- Food Schedule: What can be made ahead of time: the day before up to the hour before?
- Clean the house (or have it cleaned) ahead of time and then do a quick pick up the night before.
- Pull out your serving dishes the night before
*NOTE // If your guests offer to bring something, graciously accept. A good host can do it all, but a gracious host invites people to participate in the experience.
Have fun! Enjoy your company, the weather and the amazing food you've prepared!