Tuesday, July 17, 2012

How to Be A Great Party Host

A great party is a fun party. But it can be simple for a party to go from super fun to "have to run." If you're hosting a party or get-together soon, here are some tips to make sure you don't crash and burn.

Under Wraps. Begin by keeping everything under control...that means planning. A few days before your party, get your supplies; create a grocery list of all the things you'll need before you leave the house.

Next, take out all the silverware, platters and dishes you plan to use and take inventory. This will give you peace of mind, knowing that you have everything you need. And be sure to write down anything else you need from the store; one trip is easier than two.

Chill out. Relax -- it's your party, too, so enjoy it. If you're feeling a little anxious, it's okay to make yourself a drink before guests get there. And feel free to make a few extra ones to greet your guests with. Not only will it lighten the mood, but everyone will have a better time.

Create the mood. Make a playlist, and start playing the music before your guests arrive. Or, if you only know one song that suits your party perfectly, let Pandora do the work for you. Additional tips:
-- Keep the volume just above speaking level (so it won't be completely in the background)
-- Dim the lights, and consider adding some non-scented candles for ambiance.

Get assistance. You have a lot to do during your party: Answer the door, take coats, cook, set up, etc. So, you could probably use some extra hands. One idea is to ask the first few people that arrive to help you, as long as they agree. It'll keep them from awkwardly wandering around your home while you finish prepping, and it will free up more of your time, which will allow you to enjoy the party.

Introductions. Since some people are shy, be sure you introduce your guests. Don't just state names, though, say a little something that will start a conversation.

Do you have any tips to add? Please share below!

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