Party hostess, does the thought of that scare you? Have you ever been to a party and wondered how the hostess was able to not only pull it all together but keep it together, serve up delicious food and cocktails and look fabulous while doing it? For the first-time party host and even for the seasoned host that has thrown hundreds of parties, the stress of home entertaining can come with a certain amount of anxiety and sometimes can be quite overwhelming. Well, wonder no more. In this series, we will provide you with tips and shortcuts that will make entertaining less intimating, less about the work and more about the fun. So yes, you can go ahead and tell your inner self that you are about to become the “hostess with the mostess.”
So, first and foremost, when entertaining in your home, be it an intimate gathering or holiday bash, you want your guest to be comfortable and have a good time. This is very important and a key part of being a good and gifted hostess. Make sure this is the priority of every party you throw, and it will be a success.
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Golden Rules of the Posh Hostess
- Pamper your guest. Make sure all your guests feel welcome and offer foods and drinks that everyone will enjoy, even if it’s a large get together. Let your guest know that you have put thought into your planning, that you’re thinking about them and you are happy to have them in your home.
- Make a List. As an event planner, this one is near and dear to me. Do not, I repeat do not try and “wing it”. Create a guest list. Will there be a theme to your party? What food and drinks will you serve? Keep the list with you and check off the items as they are done. This will help to keep you on track and allow you to see how much you’re getting done.
- Keep it simple. This is not the time to try out a new recipe. If you have never made it before, don’t make it for your party. Stick to preparing dishes that you do well and do yourself a favor by making some ahead of time (This rule was so hard for me to master, who am I a kidding, I am still working on it).
- Set the scene. Light the candles, turn down the lights and turn up the music. The glow of the candlelight will be comforting and soothing to your guest. Music helps people feel relaxed and ready to party. Be sure to have the music playing when guest arrive.
- Mix and Mingle. Be a good hostess by being present and engaged at your party. Make your rounds and mingle with all your guest. Make introductions to those that don’t know each other.
- Thank You. Let your guest know how much you appreciate them coming to your party. This can be handwritten or via email, I prefer the latter. In my opinion sending a handwritten note is special and personal.
So, next time you have a party try incorporating these rules into your current list of hosting duties and let me know how you do. Remember to always have FUN!