How to Be a Good Party Host(ess)

Party planning is a major part of the challenge, so the actual party is smooth sailing, right? Well, it can be, if you keep a few things in mind.

Here are some tips that can help ensure that your party is the success you’re hoping for:

  • Keep a level head. It’s impossible to plan for every possibility at a party; let’s face it, spontaneity is fun! Also, if you’re serving alcohol, there is always the possibility that someone might start to enjoy themselves a bit too much. If something like that does happen, keep cool! Don’t get mad. Anger does not help get things back on track.  Also, if you are too anxious, that doesn’t set the right mood either. Try to do something relaxing before everyone arrives and hold on to those vibes for the rest of the evening.
  • Stick to your strengths. Do you have a dish that tends to go over well with people and you are very comfortable making? Choose that over one that you have never tried before. If you want to experiment with your cooking or designing skills, choose a small scale affair first, not the party where you’ve invited your boss and mother-in-law.
  • Choose the right music. You don’t want to bore your guests with Muzak and you don’t want to blow out their ears and their conversations with heavy metal. Try and find music that falls somewhere in the middle ground and reflects the tastes of most of your guests.
  • Mingle! Remember, you are the host(ess): people are here to see you, too! Hanging around in the kitchen or spending a great deal of time with one set of friends comes across as being rude. Get out there, talk, and make sure everyone is enjoying themselves.
  • Be flexible. It’s great to plan things out, but the timing does not always jibe. Don’t interrupt a rewarding group conversation because it says in your schedule that it’s time for appetizers. Play it by ear and imagine that you are among the guests; when does it seem right to you for the next stage in your evening to occur?