Hostess With The Mostess-Tips
Regardless of what type of party you’re hosting I’ve created a guide below to ensure to impress your guest while allowing you to relax and enjoy the party! Décor is my passion, however, I was an event manager for many years. I’ve worked on every event imaginable from the NFL SuperBowl to running four weddings at once. I might not be there to hold your hand or make you that much needed drink during those sometimes stressful times, but I offer something better a preventive chaos free plan that allows you to sit back relax and enjoy your party!
My goal is to prevent anything that will or can happen so you can enjoy the company of your guest and be left free to party! Below are standard tips, how to survive hosting a big party, or just a small shingig.
Essential Tips For Every Party
- I suggest cleaning prior and hiring a cleaner after the party, hiring a cleaner before is a waste of time and money. Your guest might be polite but they will defiantly leave your house messier then when they arrived.
- If you don’t want your guest ringing your doorbell every minute, place a sign on your door, welcoming them in. Remember to use blue electric tape as it won’t ruin any surfaces!
- Prepare a playlist you can play in the background.
- Prepare Name tags if not all your guest know each other. Its a great way to encourage your guest to talk to one another. Also, if you're like me you might be horrible at remembering names, especially if its your significant others party, this will avoid embarrassment of not knowing someones name.
- If a lot of people don’t know each other I suggest even mixers, it’s a great way to break the ice. One of my favorite is bingo cards. You have to cross of on your bingo card certain characteristics like, grew up on the west coast, owns three dogs. It might be corny but at the end people usually are laughing and feel welcomed. I sometimes throw in a prize, first one to fill a card wins a bottle of wine.
- Stock your bathroom, with everything, I mean everything! Including nice scented spray, feminine products, extra towels, facial tissues. If you have a toilet that doesn’t flush well or are eco-friendly it’s perfectly fine to hang a sign. This way you don’t have to tell everyone over and over not to flush to hard. But remember to use blue electric tape.
- Clean out your Fridge, and make it a bar, place only beverages in it.
- Place appetizers throughout your house and napkins. You never know when someone will spill or wants to place their drink on your great-great-grandmas vintage wooden chest you inherited.
- Also invite people at 9 if you want them to show up at 9:30, people are always 15-30mins late.
- Have your kids greet your guests and hang up coats. Its a cute way to include everyone in the family even if its an adult party.
- If you really want to go above and beyond hire one or two babysitters depending on the size of the crowd. This allows your guest to bring there children or if its a family party it allows your guest to enjoy the party without worrying about the kids.
- Print coat tag hanger numbers that are disposable. It’s that extra touch that will make your party unforgettable.
- Do all your dishes and empty the dishwasher prior to cut down on cleaning.
- Buy a first aid kit, there important to have in the home anyways.
- I only recommend placing candles on your dinner room table, as I’ve witnessed to many people, catch there coat or hair on fire.
- Line all your appetizer baskets with a linen cloth to cut down on cleaning and it adds an extra touch.
- If you recycle label your bins so guests know what is what.
- You can never have enough ice!
- In the invite make a small note for any guest to inform you of any allergies.
Tips For A Larger Party
- Don’t be afraid to move any furniture to allow easy flow of movement in your home or apartment.
- Any rooms you don’t want your guest to enter should be locked, or simply place a polite sign. However, don’t forget blue tape to avoid any damage.
- Set-up multiple bars and appetizer tables throughout the house so not everyone is gathered in one location.
- Set-up multiple trash bins, to cut down on trash.
- Set-up coat check in a room to allow quick movement in and out of your house.
- I’m a pet lover, but not everyone is, so I recommend putting your pets in a room, and placing a sign. This way no one accidentally lets the dog out who winds up eating the birthday cake you spent hours making!
- If you have anything you absolute love and its irreplaceable and you’d cry yourself to sleep if it broke, put it away! Your friends won’t be offended.
- If it’s raining load up all the carpets near the doorway entrance to cut down on mess and people falling. Also, breakout the towels and place them in a nonviewable room. This way you can take peoples umbrellas and lay them on the towels to dry.
- If you don’t want to do a million dishes buy nice disposable plates and cups, Dixie makes trendy non-tacky designs these days!
- Invite your neighbors personally while bringing over a bottle of wine or baked goods, even if you don’t like them! It will cut back on them complaining, calling the cops, or if your guest park in front of their house they won’t mind.
- Print off little menus of what’s available at your serve-yourself bar or appetizer tables, again this little touch will make your party stand out!
Tips For An Intimate Sized Party
- If it’s a dinner party, making cute name cards add a nice touch.
- If you really want to force your guest to mingle don’t sit couples or friends next to each other.
- Printing a menu that’s placed at their seat will make your Dinner Party, special and stand out!
- Most people bring a gift during a small get together, take a quick pictures of the card with the gift. This way when you write a thank you card you know who bought you what.
- Empty your hallway closet so you can easily hang coats.
- When sending the invitation be sure to make the RSVP three days prior that way any last minute guests will likely sign up the day before, not the day of.