For some of us, being a hostess can be a very stressful endeavor! If you struggle in this area or you’re just looking for some fresh insight, here are some tips to make you the best hostess capable of throwing a stress-free soiree!
- Ask for Help: Most people usually turn down help, but if someone generously offers to help you, say yes! This will end up saving you some time with last-minute details. The best way to do this is to invite a few of your closest friends to have a pre-party and delegating a few things at that time.
- Make Your Home Inviting and Comfortable: Everybody is happy when they feel comfortable in the hostesses home. If your house is a shoe-free home make sure that your guests are aware of it. Simply, line your shoes at the door to set the example. Also, keep in mind your demeanor usually sets the tone. If you’re comfy and happy your guests will feel it.
- Yummy Food: Food should be appetizing and not have people guessing what it is. Slice the bread and leave some crumbs. Make sure you slice a couple of cheese pieces so that your guests won’t be afraid to dig in!
- Give Time to Prepare: Give yourself a least 25% more time than you think you’ll need. If you plan correctly you won’t be stressed out at the last minute.
- Think Clean House: Your house is the cleanest home pre-event, so keep it going by loading the dishwasher and cleaning as you go.
- Setting the Tone and Timing: Greet and make introductions, keep the conversation moving, and keep the evening flowing you set the pace for the evening or luncheon.
- Candles: Candles set the mood in every room. I love the idea of adding scented candles to the bathroom to make it as pretty as possible!
- Keep it Simple: Set your table or buffet the night before. Your dishes should be simple, don’t make a 45 min Moulton lava cake or a complicated dish especially if you’re doing it for the first time! Make your dishes the night before…especially desserts, dips, etc. It can still be simple and elegant at the same time.
- Fun Factor: Remember you’re happy to do this for the people you’re inviting, so instead of stressing, plan ahead, and after you’ll only have to deal with the hugs and thank you notes, happy hostessing!