As the world slowly starts to normalize and family/friend gatherings start to fill up the last two months of the year, you may find yourself swept up in the spirit and offering to host a gathering or two.
Be not afraid, if you’re feeling a little rusty and can’t remember the last time you actually had people over. Hosting is like getting back on a horse and can be easily conquered. However, if you are feeling a little intimidated, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Set the date
As early as possible. Reach out to your key players, figure out a timing that works and lock it in. It’s a huge bummer to put so much thought and effort into an event, just for guests to drop-off or not be able to make it because save the dates didn’t go out early enough.
Don’t be a hosting hero! Getting calendars aligned and prepping your home is a huge feat. Avoid burn out by getting your event catered or asking attendees to bring a plate – potluck style. I know what you’re thinking… it goes against an old-world etiquette book and your great grandmother is probably rolling over in her grave right now.
Listen, it’s 2021. We’re working through a pandemic and we’re just happy to be able to see each other in real life again. Ask your friends and family for help. As the saying goes, “Those who matter don’t mind and those that mind don’t matter.”
Think through the event and what you’d like your guests to take away from it. Are there little kids in attendance? Try and make their experience, and their parent’s experience, a fun and relaxing one.
Take a look at your guest list. Are there dietary restrictions, allergies or alternative drinks to offer those who are not partaking in alcoholic refreshments?
What are you going to do with all the leftovers? Consider setting up a leftovers station that includes boxes and bags for your guests to take home some of the delicious meal.
Have a plan B in case the main dish burns to a crisp. Stock up your freezer with some easy-to-make foods in case Mercury happens to be in retrograde during your event.
As the host, you are looked at as the lead of the party. So aside from making sure to prompt guests when it’s time for apps, drinks and when it’s time to move into the dinner portion of the event, also set the tone for the evening. That means being flexible when things don’t go according to plan.
The turkey burned? No worries, we’ve got frozen pizzas in the fridge.
Your college-aged cousin brought their two roommates? No problem! We’ve got extra chairs.
Did that cute little toddler spill red wine all over your beige furniture? All good! Nothing a little club soda can’t fix.
Keep your energy positive and keep the party going.
It’s all about the details
Creating a bespoke event will make your party a memorable one that will be raved about for years to come. Luckily, Cricut is your secret weapon to DIYing your place in event hosting history.