Parties should be fun; you shouldn’t be running around like a maniac
attempting to get every detail “just right.” This 5-step guide to easy
entertaining will help you actually enjoy the party and offers a great way to pull off just about any get together.
1. Hide ‘N (Not) Seek
Pressed for time? Don’t feel like cleaning the entire house? Don’t!
Instead, concentrate on tidying up the rooms you want guests to have
Toss everything that doesn’t belong in the room your guests will be
in into another room they won’t be able to get to. While not recommended
as a solution for every day cleaning, it’s a quick and easy solution
for party hosts who are pressed for time. Close and/or lock the doors of
any rooms you don’t want guests trickling into, and provide clean
towels and new soap for the bathroom your party-goers will use.
2. Think Small for a Big Impact
Decorations are nice, but not if you’re stressing over everything
from the centerpieces to table arrangements.
Rather than going
overboard, focus on a few key elements when decorating for the party.
Flowers are great, but you can also place decorative votive holders
strategically around the room or use items that fit with the season. Use
your imagination, but keep decorations focused and non-intrusive.
You’ll make a much bigger impression this way.
3. Party Food at your Fingers
Cooking everything you plan to serve at your party can be a great way
to add a homemade touch to the festivities, but it’s not always
practical. Consider having the party catered if your budget allows, or
simply order takeout and serve in pretty dishes and on serving platters.
If you must be hands-on with the food, create light and simple dishes
and appetizers. Finger foods are great, and significantly reduce the
amount of cleanup. Food Network offers a list of more than 50 no-cook recipes that you can create for your next get-together without slaving over a stove all day.
You can also try Casual Cooks, a forum where you can share recipes and food ideas with others. You just might find a recipe to try!
4. Mix and Mingle
No one likes an invisible host; if you’re too worried about every
last detail, you’ll be too consumed to mingle with your guests. Try
enlisting the help of friends and relatives who will be at the party to
help with simple tasks such as setting the table or serving food, and
use that time to chat with party guests.
5. Allow Guests to Serve Themselves
Rather than setting up a full bar where you’ll have to pour drinks
all night, set up a small table for easy access so guests can mix their
own beverages. Better yet, ask everyone to bring a bottle of their
favorite drink to add to the festivities. This way, you won’t foot the
entire alcohol bill yourself; what’s more, allowing guests to serve
their own drinks will free up more time for you to enjoy yourself.
These 5 steps to easy entertaining should guarantee an enjoyable
event for both you and your guests. By incorporating these tips into
your next get-together, you’ll be able to throw a great party with
minimal hassle and lots of fun.