10 SECRETS TO ENTERTAINING WITH EASE
While we love how creative we get to be when throwing an event, we’ve also gotten party planning down to a science. And we know for a fact that these 10 specific things make it easy to ditch the overwhelm and host an effortless, joy-filled dinner party. Happy hassle-free hosting!
STICK TO WHAT YOU KNOW
The first few times you entertain are not when you should experiment. Keep your dishes simple with favorite, tried and true recipes, and you can be confident that the evening will go off without a hitch.
PLAN A 360° EXPERIENCE
Think about more than the guest list and the menu. Create an immersive experience with your invitations, music, décor, table settings, guest gifts, and wardrobe.
Teachers may have told you NOT to do this in grammar school…but we strongly advise you to read all menu instructions thoroughly and in advance! You never know what might be hiding in that recipe that will require a special trip to the store or an Amazon order.
USE YOUR ALARMS
Set alarms for all of your party prep to keep yourself on schedule and stress-free! The alarm feature on a smartphone is a true-life saver, and it only takes seconds to program all the reminders you need!
BE A GRACIOUS AND MINDFUL HOST
Make your entryway welcoming – greet newcomers with genuine compliments and make introductions with meaningful details to spark conversation between guests.
GIVE EARLY GUESTS A JOB
Whether it’s lighting candles or filling water glasses, give the early guests “jobs” so that they can feel helpful. It will shorten your pre-party to-do list AND keep them out of your way if you’re putting the finishing touches on anything!
BE PREPARED WITH CONVERSATION STARTERS
Every once in awhile, an awkward moment of silence can’t be avoided, but fun conversation prompts like “tell two truths and a lie” or “where would you go if you were handed an airplane ticket to anywhere…” can get you right back on track.
BRING YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR
Don’t apologize if a meal isn’t perfect – remember that your guests aren’t there because they think you’re Julia Child. They’re there for the connection and the laughs.
CLEAN…BUT NOT TOO MUCH
Make a plan for post-party cleanup but, until then, enjoy your guests! Don’t miss out on all the good stuff because you’re running shuttle service from the dining room to the kitchen sink.
HOW TO END THE NIGHT
Believe it or not, where you serve dessert can determine how late the night goes. Serve it at the table if you’d like your guests to linger awhile. Get them on their feet and moving to the living room for dessert, if you’d like to start wrapping up the evening.