Friday, May 24, 2013

Tips on hosting a party

In today’s day and age, it is imperative to maintain cordial relationships with people especially friends and colleagues we come across in our lives. A lot of people choose to keep in touch by hosting parties for their friends, families and acquaintances. But many times the hosts themselves falter in small but important aspects of hosting a party.

We have all often witnessed situations where hosts and hostesses are themselves late for their own party. Very often the guests have to wait for them and this leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Here are a few tips to help you plan and host your next party with suave and style.

1.       Respect time: Time is a valuable asset for everyone these days. When hosting a party whether at home or outside, ensure that you reach the venue at least 30 minutes before the invitation time. This is to make sure that any guests arriving early feel comfortable with your presence around. A 30 minute head start will also ensure that you do not face any last minute traffic delays etc especially when the party is not at your home.

2.       Make adequate arrangement: Ensure that there is more than adequate amount of food, water and drinks for your guests. Always plan for a little more instead of a little less.

3.        Ensure seating capacity: Another dimension that people often ignore is arrangement for people to sit comfortably. If the party is at your own home, borrow or hire extra chairs. Plan the layout of the room. Great websites like will help you to visualize your room to help arrange it better. It can get very embarrassing for the hosts if there is a shortage of supply.

4.       Don’t ignore the children: If you are inviting friends with their families for your party, remember to make arrangements to keep the children busy. Many parents will welcome an opportunity for their children to interact with other kids. Assign a separate room or area for the children to spend time together without the interference of adults. A few toys, movies or colours will go a long way in keeping them busy.

5.       Preparation: Finally, no host can be a good host if the preparations are left for the last minute. If hosting a party outside, visit the location one day in advance to make sure that everything is in place. If you plan to host a party at home, start by creating a checklist and strike out as you go along. Your home must be arranged and the table laid out before the guests arrive. Never wait for the last minute to dress for your own party.



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