With the holidays just round the corner, we’ve compiled a list of our token tips for entertaining for the modern host!
With the holidays just around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect chance to share our top tips for entertaining!
We do this because we love you.
And we don’t want to see you secretly crying into your wine glass upon every sip.
Entertaining at home should be easy and stress free.
Plus, we’d love to hear what your tried and true tips are too!
We’re also divulging our top secret tip for hosting at home.
And the Pinterest lovers may roll their eyes at us for that one!
Make Your Guests Feel Welcome
It’s no secret that the number one party killer is an uncomfortable atmosphere.
So your top priority should be making sure guests feel wanted and welcome.
Greet your guests:
We always find that making a point to greet guests individually even if just for a quick one on one hello and hug.
Bonus points if you greet your guests with a glass of wine.
Introduce your guests to one another:
A quick introduction or two also goes a long way, they didn’t come up with the phrase “shaking hands and kissing babies” for no reason!
This is a huge factor in creating a good vibe, especially for guests that may not know the rest of the party.
Show your guests around:
If guests are bringing a contribution to the dinner, make sure to take a second and let them to know where to place the items that they worked hard on for everyone to be able to try.
It’s a simple way for people to feel appreciated for their portion.
And so they’re not weirdly walking around with casserole in their hands looking confused.
We’ve been THAT person plenty of times, and it’s not fun!
Simple is Best
This one is never fun to admit.
But it’s necessary to make sure that you, as the host, are not the one running around crying over spilled milk!
Plan easy recipes:
If you’re the type that stresses over keeping meals warm or everything being just perfect, try to choose simpler dishes that don’t need served immediately.
(Crockpot meals are our go-to for dinners!)
Because if you’re stressed and frantic, everyone else will feel it too!
Be strategic about your prep time:
If you have multiple meals to prep and items to decorate, plan ahead on how you can efficiently utilize your time.
For instance, if something has to marinate or set in the fridge, use that period to prep another item.
Make sure to allocate a few minutes of me-time before guests arrive so that you can an enjoy a glass of wine and relax after all of your hard work!
Set the Party Tone
It’s important for a modern host to set the tone of the party in advance.
It’s kind of contradictory for guests to show up in a suit and tie for a light bites cocktail party served with plasticware, which leads us to our next tip…
When you’re letting guests know about your event, it’s important to not leave out the significant details for them to be prepared.
Decide in advance what you want the tone of the party to be and be sure to convey that in the invite.
For instance, is this a casual get together?
Even if casual attire is fitting for both occasions, it definitely makes a difference for guests to know what they’ll be walking into!
Not only is setting the tone a nice courtesy to guests, but they may even offer to bring a backyard game or flowers for the table if they know in advance!
Plus, you’re less likely to have guests bringing a plus one without mentioning it in advance if they know it’s a seated dinner or more of a come and go atmosphere.
Lastly, it also helps the host determine what’s really necessary and what’s not.
It’s easy to start going over board with dinner, dessert, and drinks.
But if you determine what you want the tone to be early on, you’re less likely to spend the extra money on unnecessary items!
Create a Flow for the Party
Once you’ve determined the tone of your event, it’s time to figure out the flow that works best.
For example, you’re not going to want guests running inside and out in wet bathing suits from a backyard BBQ.
So you should be prepared by prepping an outdoor space with everything a guest might need to be accessible.
Plan your home layout:
Secondly, it’s never fun for everyone at a dinner party to be hovering around one corner of the kitchen trying to squeeze by to get ice or glassware.
And then, squeeze back passed people to the bar area for drinks.
Thinking through the layout of your space makes the space feel much bigger.
It will also cut down on unwanted spills or making someone who might not know the crowd too nervous to grab a glass.
Not to mention, it takes the heat off of you if you’re one of the said high strung hostess we talked about before!
Arrange an easy flow for serving food and drinks:
When setting up a spread for a party, we try to designate a flow by placing flatware, plates, and napkins on one end.
Followed by light bites, main dishes, sweets, and last but not least, drinks and glassware.
Make Things Pretty (But Not Too Pretty!)
When you have everything else thought out and the flow set for your party, you can now go buck wild with the styling.
(This is our achilles heel!)
And that’s that you can make things a little too perfect.
Yes, my fellow Pinterest lovers, you just read that correctly!
Have you ever been to someone’s house for dinner or an event with the perfect setup.
But you don’t want to be the first one to dig in and mess it all up?
It’s the same concept!
The first guests to arrive are likely to be hesitant to mess up your picture perfect spread until everyone arrives.
To avoid this, you can still easily make an Instagram-worthy tablescape.
But take a second to eat a few bites here and there before people arrive to make sure they know they’re welcome to it!
We definitely have to do this with events in the studio since everyone knows there will be a ton of photos taken,
But we always make sure to also encourage guests to enjoy it as well!
What are some of your favorite hosting tips and tricks?
Did we leave out any major pieces that you always make sure are on your mental list?
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