With the festive season fast approaching, thoughts will once again return to entertaining at home. Throwing a party or a soiree can be a lot of fun, but it can be a lot of stress too. The good news is that with good organization and top tips, you can become an excellent host and throw a party to remember. Read on for some excellent advice on how to make entertaining a breeze.
Start off small
While you might be tempted to launch into a huge party for all your friends and neighbors, it’s better to start off small to establish what you can manage. A small dinner party or a wine night with friends can help you to gauge how much space you have in your home and how many people you feel comfortable entertaining. Doing a trial run is a good idea for testing out recipes or finding out what works, and will make you feel more confident when it does come to hosting a larger number of people.
Make sure you have enough space
If you plan on hosting a lot of people in your home, you need to make sure that you have enough space. Too many people in a small space will make guests feel cramped and uncomfortable and could cause damage to furniture and other items due to overcrowded rooms. Investing in some additional seating that can be kept in storage when not in use is a good idea, as well as making use of multiple rooms in your home.
Making your garden a party-friendly place is another way you can make the most of the space available, with chic outdoor sofa sets making a great solution if you don’t have a lot of seating. Add some lighting and maybe some patio heaters for winter and you’ll have a simple and effective space for entertaining.
Create the right playlist
Music is essential to any good gathering and can help set the right tone for the evening. A chilled-out, mellow playlist will ensure a relaxed environment, while going heavy on the beats will signify that it’s time to party. There are some great tips available for helping you to create a better party playlist that will set you up for a great night ahead.
Stock up on food and drink
If you’re entertaining, then you’ll be expected to provide plenty of food and drink for your guests. Even if you’ve asked them to BYOB (bring your own bottle), you should also make sure that you have plenty of options available for guests. This is one of the basic principles of how to throw a party like an adult and could help cement your status as a great host. Having plenty of snacks around will be sure to keep guests happy, and if you’re hosting a dinner party, you should make sure that all guests’ are catered for – including those with allergies or special dietary requirements.
Becoming a good host takes practice, but it’s easily done with a bit of careful planning. Remember the basics and throw yourself into being a good host to ensure entertaining is fun for both you and your guests.