Whilst it can be enjoyable attending other peoples’ dinner parties and celebrations, it can be stressful actually being the host yourself. Perhaps you have an occasion looming up ahead and are beginning to worry about the logistics. The good news is that with the right preparation and planning it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. In fact, you might even end up impressing everybody!
To help you host your next event in style, we’ve compiled 6 tips that will make your guests feel welcome and give them a really enjoyable evening.
1. Provide Quality Food
When it comes to flavor, quality food wins hands down. If you have the budget for this, go with it! It will be worth every penny just to make an impression on your guests. If your budget is limited, however, try choosing a few higher-quality foods and supplementing them with some cheaper alternatives.
You may be able to find the perfect food for your event by visiting specialist websites. According to the folks behind Cleaver’s Organic, more and more people are wanting food that is both delicious, healthy, and ethically produced. Customers want to know that the animals were raised in humane, free-range environments. They also want to access recipes, FAQs, blogs, online ordering, and home-delivered fresh products.
2. Serve Appetizers
Appetizers are what you can serve your guests before the main course. This will start to whet their appetites and make them eager for what’s coming next. Why not serve some while the people are still arriving so they can mingle and get comfortable with one another? They will help make room for conversation; while one person is eating, another can be engaging in small talk.
Some example appetizers are :
- Cheese and crackers
- Chips and dip
You can discover many more recipes online or in your favorite cookbook. Be sure to serve appetizers that are easy to eat, require little utensils, and don’t stain the carpet (if you’re indoors).
3. Offer Refreshments
They are something else you can give your guests to keep them happy while they wait for the party to begin. You could provide fruit juice, beer, or alcohol. Don’t give them anything too strong because it can lead people to drink more than necessary. This could create problems later on at night, so you should think about what time of day your party (and drinking) will be starting!
Some other refreshments you could offer are tea and coffee, or cold drinks for the children. You could allocate a table and area in the building devoted to providing these. It’s always appreciated by people if they can easily access drinks at any time during the event.
4. Tidy Your Home And Garden
If people have simply come to visit you, there’s a sense in which they are joining the everyday running of your home. This may mean you have some washing on or the kids are asking for an extra snack. Your friends will value being with you more than arriving at a show home.
If you are having a full-on dinner party or birthday function, you may be keener to make the place clean. There’s nothing more off-putting than seeing a messy house and an untidy garden. The first thing the guests will see is your front door and this will happen before they even get to meet you, so make sure that it looks good. You could add some balloons or a party banner to the front door to add to the first impression.
5. Make Room Outside
If the visitors can spill over outside, your indoors will be less cramped. There will also be less chance of things being spilled or broken.
If you have a patio area, put up some outside lights and a heater to encourage people to go outside during the evening. There may be wooden posts you can attach music speakers to, so people can listen and dance. If you have shutters or something similar, it will protect your guests from the sunlight or rain.
6. Be Hospitable
If you have people staying with you, furnish the guest room with fresh towels, clean bedding, and water glasses by each bed. Check they’re ok with having pets around, in case your friends have a phobia or allergy. Allow your visitors time to themselves during the stay, and create an itinerary in advance.
These have been six practical ways you can wow your guests. They will be fed and watered successfully and will appreciate the venue. Above all, everyone will have a great time socializing and will cherish the memories for many years to come.