4 Tips on Hosting a Great Party

Holidays are all about spending time with the people you love. One of the fun yet intimate ways to do that is to just talk about what’s going on in each other’s’ lives. If you are stepping up to be the host of the party, then you should be sure to remember the following:

Clean up beforehand
The day of the party, get the public areas of the house tidied up and don’t forget that the bathroom will need to be well stocked with fresh hand towels and the like. If you’re putting a bedroom to use a coat closet, make sure it’s presentable. Keep the lights off and doors closed to the rest of the house to signal to your guests they are off limits. Source: HGTV

Make a plan
Make a plan. Use a blank calendar, mark the day of the party, then fill in the days before with things that need to be done, even the most mundane like cleaning the house, selecting music, grocery shopping. Decide how many people, what kind of party (sit-down, buffet) and then gather your recipes. Make a shopping list and don’t forget the nonfood items, such as napkins, paper towels, candles, etc. Here’s a quick guide to help you with your shopping and planning. Source: EatingWell

Cook smart
Choosing a high-maintenance menu when hosting a dinner party is not the way to go. Try to steer clear of dishes that require too much babysitting to get to the table. Menu items like risotto or other dishes that require constant stirring or checking means you’ll be stuck at the stove and miss all the fun. Think of it like this: If you can’t chat and sip a glass of wine while you make it, it’s not worth it. Source: FoodNetwork

Hire a babysitter if there will be kids in attendance. The sitter can keep an eye on the little ones in another room while the adult guests relax at the party worry-free thanks to your smart thinking! Source: PopSugar

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