Do you always put your best efforts in hosting parties yet feel like you’re better off being a guest than a host? It isn’t all about who has the most number of dishes in a buffet or the most expensive cutlery on display. Sometimes a few simple tips can help you a great deal in becoming a good host. Here are five easy ways to ace your hosting game.
1. Keep an Open Bar
Nothing gets the guests more excited than an open bar. While there are general rules of thumb to follow when it comes to calculating liquor quantity, how much you will need entirely depends on the kind of guests and how much they like to drink. An open bar is a great way to showcase your wine collection in your wine cooler as well. Also, note that a wine cooler is better for your wine than a fridge.
Since your guests may have different preferences, it is always a good idea to have all kinds available, i.e., hard liquor, wine, and beer. If its a party for more than 20 people, make sure you get disposable glasses for the guests. Keeping orange and cranberry juice too in your open bar will get you love and praises from those friends who don’t drink.
2. Plan Cutlery and Cook in Advance
Decide which cutlery you want to use for this particular event and take it out before the dinner, preferably a night earlier. Similarly, make your place cards and write out the names of dishes you’re planning to cook. This decreases your workload for the next day and also makes it easier to understand for people helping you with the table setting.
Not only that but you can also prepare half cooked meals a day earlier too and bake them the next day, so they stay fresh and crisp. If none of your dishes can be half cooked, you can always do the cutting and chopping in advance to save yourself time the next day.
3. Plan Games
Now that your guests are here and dinner has been served and enjoyed thoroughly, its time to have some real fun. You don’t want to send them off yet so why not play a couple of interesting games? Depending upon the number of people, select a game that interests your guests most. Board games are always a good idea if the guests are very few in number. If you’re hosting a party for more than 30 people, you can always play guessing games like Dumb charades and small couple contests to see which couple knows each other best.
4. Make Things Convenient
While you’re busy planning the bigger things when hosting parties, it is the small things that grab everyone’s attention and win their hearts. Make sure you write down your WiFi password and place it somewhere so everyone can see it easily. Keep garbage cans at multiple points if you’re using disposable glasses and plates.
To set the event’s mood right, it is important that you appeal to all senses of the guests. Make sure there is sufficient lighting and scented candles everywhere to enhance the natural fragrance. How about getting food scented candles that make your guests’ day as they step in. Good music is a must. Probably something old school would do if you don’t want to risk getting into aux cable wars.
5. Never Say NO to Help
Whoever thinks being a good host means doing every tiny bit yourself likes to stress their self out too much. If you overburden yourself with dozens of tasks, you will only be tiring yourself out. And if anything, that affects how good a host you will turn out to be. So, accept any help that comes your way. Take it as a sign from God and never say no.
Whether it’s setting the table or cleaning it, every bit counts.