Are you planning to host a party at your home? Maybe you want to invite some friends over to simply make some special memories. Hosting is a wonderful way to bring people together, but there are a few things you’re going to want to keep in mind to ensure everyone has a fantastic time. Here are my top 4 tips for being a good host:
1. Set the Mood
You want to create an environment that fosters good conversation and allows people to get to know one another. I suggest thinking about lighting – does your entertaining space have harsh lightening? It might be worth getting a few softer light bulbs or even some candles in order to create a mood. Make sure to give your house a nice tidy up before everyone arrives, clearing away loose papers and mess will help to create a relaxing space. You’re also going to want to think about setting up a music play list so that there’s no awkward silences or breaks in the conversation. I personally use Spotify or Youtube and just search for a playlist with the mood I’m going for.
2. Think About the Drinks
Socialising is likely to make people thirsty, so you’re going to want to have some delicious beverages on offer. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a rocket commercial espresso machine in your home and can make everyone specialised coffees, saving everyone the trip to Starbucks. Alcohol isn’t essential to hosting an event, but it can be a great way to take the edge off and ensure everyone mingles well. I personally love a fresh rose wine as a well rounded drink many people will like. You can also tell people to BYO whatever they want to drink, just be sure to have a decent selection of mixers and non alcoholic drinks for those who aren’t big on alcohol.
3. Proper Introductions
There’s nothing worse to showing up to a party or social gathering where you know no one except the extremely busy host. If you have some friends coming who may find themselves in that situation, be sure to do proper introductions. All the better if you can find something in common that you can bring up so your friends have a place to start with their conversation. Proper introductions can make everyone feel at ease.
4. Don’t Stress
If you’re flustered and running around like a headless chicken, it’s going to show and it’s ultimately going to affect the overall mood on the day. I suggest it’s better to relax, try to prep as much as you can before hand so that there’s less stress on the day. Don’t feel bad about asking for help, whether that’s getting a friend or two to come over early to help you prep things before everyone arrives, or asking your friends to BYO a plate to share the workload. Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean you should miss out on the opportunity to relax and enjoy mingling a little too!
Whether you’re located in Los Angeles or Atlanta, these tips will help you host a wonderful event in your home!