Please don’t wait to have people over. Enjoy the time with those who are important with these 10 stress-free entertaining tips
Entertaining seeks to impress. Hospitality seeks to bless. – Jen Wilkin
If you spend any time on Pinterest, Instagram, or even Facebook you will see tons of amazing photos of parties and get-togethers.
Sometimes it stops people from inviting friends over which is a shame.
BTW- If your friends judge your home or food, you may need to find a different circle.
SETTING THE TONE
The relaxed host has relaxed guests.
As hosts, we are setting the tone for the event.
In my younger years, I hosted many parties where I was frazzled trying to get stuff done. Learn from my mistakes.
Here are 10 Stress-Free Entertaining Tips
Yes, we know…stating the obvious. But what does this really mean? There are lists like this Party Planning Checklist from Real Simple, to keep you on track, but here are a couple of tips. Keep a party supply bucket on hand so you have everything you need in one spot.
Also, make sure to prep as much of your food as possible. When thinking of recipes, keep in mind food that can hold overnight so you can make ahead.
Sometimes less is more. Have you ever been to a party that is full of a ton of people you don’t know? Honestly, sometimes it seems like the host is trying to impress with a huge list. You may need to go through your list a couple of times to really make sure these are your peeps!
One Special Thing
Do what you do well. Is you cheesecake to die for? Do you love to set an amazing tablescape? Do that and then purchase the food. Focus on that. Give your best shot with what you got and leave the rest to other people who do what they do well.
Ask for (Except) Help!
Since we are focusing on what we do well, we need help with the other stuff. If your friend loves to decorate, ask them for help. Of course, we don’t encourage anyone to take advantage of anyone, but some people really do want to help. Let them!
Have a Plan
Remember those hours on Pinterest? Well, now you have everything from a formal sit down to a backyard gathering. You are confused and overwhelmed. Think of what you want to do before you start exploring. When we were moving, I didn’t look for ideas to decorate a new home until after I saw the home we were purchasing. Think of the party you are going to have and then look for ideas that compliment that.
People may remember an elaborate party, but really……..isn’t the time with family and friends that most important? Paper plates and disposable cutlery might be the way to go. There are some beautiful and biodegradable options available.
Want guests to mingle? Have a beverage station in one location, appetizers in another, desserts in another. Guests will follow the food!
Problems are no problem!
We heard a sermon from a Pastor that said, “If I can get a good story out of it, it was worth it.” You know most problems are what we actually remember…..”Remember that party where we totally forgot to buy drinks? There was a mad dash to the corner store and the selection was slim to none so we had to…..”
The problems of today are often the memories of tomorrow.
Yes, your friend throws the best parties…..SO WHAT? Instead of comparing you can ask for her help. Comparison is the thief of joy. Do your thing and let others do theirs.
Remember, if the hostess ain’t happy NO ONE IS. Relax……IT’S A PARRRRRTY!
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So good! It’s so easy to compare especially with social media and blogs galore! We are our own worst enemies for sure! We are hosting some people on Saturday for a casual outdoor get together. Everybody has been asked to bring a dish, their own beverage and their own lawn chair. I’m only doing a side dish and maybe a dessert but it will be one I’ve made before so I’m not stressing on how it will turn out!
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Deborah Sommerlot says
Kirstin, I so agree. Comparison is deadly and then people stop doing it all together. That sounds like a great get together!!!