The holiday period is for getting together and unwinding, so there are always parties for people to host. While these parties are fun, planning to host them can be stressful and even expensive. To relieve this stress, we’ve gathered useful tips to help you enjoy the ride. Here are five tips to help you prep your space and eliminate unnecessary stress.
Pick a theme and stick to it
Your theme is a framework that your overall decor is built on. It could be a color or just something that shows the type of party you’re having. Your theme dictates every other thing.
You can use Christmas reds as the theme for a Christmas party. Similarly, if you’re hosting a New Year’s celebration, you might want to incorporate a glamorous theme. Choosing a theme helps you organize other activities more easily.
Plan your menu based on your time and budget
Food is a major part of any party; forget about the fact that your friends say they didn’t show up for the food. Being the aspect that often causes stress, it only makes sense to plan your menu in advance.
If you plan to entertain just a few people, you could plan more elaborate meals. However, if you’re expecting 20 people, you might want to stick to less complicated meal options. Consider how long it takes you to make these meals and plan it.
The utensils can prevent you from running around
Aside from the food itself, there are some necessary utensils that you’ll need while hosting a party. While the regular fork and knife are useful, they can’t do all the work when it comes to parties.
Consider buying or borrowing butter knives for spreading, a carving knife for the meat, a ladle for the sauces, and others. If you’re hosting more than 20 people, you might want to opt for disposable utensils.
Make your space look more elegant
Of course, some of your guests have been to your house, so it shouldn’t look the same on the party day. It’s time to bring out that beautiful tablecloth you’ve been keeping.
To make your dining look more sophisticated, you could use white plates, but put utensils like spoons and forks near the plates for a neat arrangement. It’s important to note that the decorations on your dining table shouldn’t be tall so they won’t disturb cross-table discussion.
You can say no to other things, but not this one
Even when you’ve made most of your meals in advance, playing the host will still keep you busy. So when your friends, a.k.a. guests, offer to help you pack or clean, don’t refuse. It’s always better to have more hands.
Aside from the help they’ll render, cleaning with your guests gives you the chance to ask for a review of the party. You could get meaningful pointers to help you plan other parties better.