1. Breathe in. Breathe out.
This is so important. If you expect everything to turn out perfectly, your guests will feel your stress. As the host, you set the tone, so a relaxed attitude will bring the same out in your guests. If possible, leave yourself an hour before guests arrive to freshen up and be party ready.
2. Invite a mish-mash of friends.
Sometimes we tend to overthink our guest list and end up inviting the same mix of friends. Why not mix it up? Think of your guest list like a big, beautiful salad full of variety. Every ingredient adds a special taste to the flavor. Old friends, new friends, different generations and backgrounds together can be more fun than you had imagined.
3. Don’t forget to have fun!
Sometimes we get hung up on trying to do things “right” and forget that the whole point of a party is to have fun. Make something surprising happen. Have a ping-pong tournament before dinner or get those cameras snapping in front of the photo back drop . You’ll have everybody laughing and the ice-broken in record time.
4. Let your guests be involved.
If people offer to help, accept it. Not only will you be glad to have the extra hands but you’ll make them feel useful. Have assignments ready like pouring drinks, clearing plates, bringing a dish or even give them someone to meet and take care of.
5. Less is not More in this case.
Make sure you have lots of food, lots of drinks, lots of ice and garnishes. It’s better to have more than enough than to run out before the event is over.
6. Plan your Menu
This goes hand in hand with the last tip. Decide if you’ll cook or cater the party, whether it will be sit-down or a buffet. Better yet, order out! This will save time and energy that you can spend on your guests. There’s also the option of making it a potluck. Assign everyone an item to bring beforehand so you have enough sides/appetizers/desserts.
7. Plan your Bar
If you decide to serve alcohol, set up a couple of self-serve bars. For example, if you’re going to have a martini bar, combine vermouth and gin in a pitcher, ice, some pretty glasses, garnishes and instructions on how to put everything together properly.
8. Create a Seating Plan
Make sure that everyone has the best seat for them. Your goal is to get people talking and feeling comfortable. Try not to put couples or best friends together. A long, rectangular table works well for a large group and you can even switch seats around at each course. Guaranteed formula for inspiring conversation.
9. Set the Mood with Lighting
Avoid overhead lighting ensures everyone looks their best. Votives work best in groups placed around the room and on the main table.
10. Don’t forget the Favors
A small token of affection is a memorable way to end a celebration. Pretty boxes with homemade baked goods are personal and will be appreciated. Small plant pots with herbs or succulents are affordable and can double as a table centerpiece during the party.
Do you have any tips or tricks that you rely on to make your parties successful?