If you are like me, you love the idea of throwing party at your house…one with lots of great family and friends, amazing food, and interesting conversation. However, when you are in the thick of planning a get together along with juggling everything else on your to-do list, pulling one off can seem near impossible. It is easy to let the thought of planning an event overwhelm or even stop you in your tracks. But if you follow some easy tips and tricks you will find that hosting a gathering can be simple for you and a fun time for your guests.
There are a few important things to remember that apply to hosting any event– big or small – formal or casual:
1. The company matters the most. You do not need to have the perfect party. Ditch that notion of perfection and remember that guests are coming to spend time with you and to enjoy themselves. The more relaxed you are, the more fun everyone will have.
2. Delegate to everyone. When someone asks, can I help, say “yes.” Everyone can help and the more someone helps you out (be it other family members or guests, the less you have to do). Let people bring things or help out in the kitchen. Just know that having people give you a hand is not a sign that you are not a good hostess. It is, instead, a tip for making everyone feel welcome, involved and part of the celebration.
3. The 80/20 rule applies to parties too. In case you have not heard of this, the 80/20 rules says to focus on the most important 20% of a project and that will take care of 80% of what must get done. This absolutely applies to hosting an event. If you focus on what is most important to you for the event (e.g. food, drinks, theme) and then let the rest go, you will find your stress level will be lower and it will be much easier for you to enjoy the event.