If you haven’t already, read Part I of my two part series of Entertaining!
Part I Overview… Over the past few years, one of my favorite things to do (even though I don’t do it as often as I’d like because of busy schedules) is entertain. I love having a big crowd of people over, sitting around the table or island and enjoying good food and conversation!
I grew up having a grandmother who loved to entertain. Almost every weekend, after church her and grandpa’s home would be filled with the smells of amazing meatloaf in the oven, a table full of people, and wonderful conversation. It just seems that these days, entertaining is a lost art.
No one does it. No one goes visiting after church anymore. I mean, I totally am guilty as well, and I completely understand the need for family time with your own family, as well as busy, hectic schedules. I have to say, I miss those days…
After covering some of the things that goes into PLANNING an event, today I am sharing some things that are hostess duties on the day of the event and during! Not matter if you dinner party is formal or not, you always have to be a good host. People will either like how they are treated while in our home or not. I am sharing with you five tips that I do every time I have people over. These are things that can be done either a week before or some the day before and others the day of!
- Set the Mood. Right after planning the menu, you need to set the mood. You can do this a few weeks before or the day of. Make sure your home is comfortable. Clean up, organize, and make things look and smell pretty! Light a few candles, set some mood lighting or twinkle lights on the china hutch or buffet cabinet. Those throw pillows that you stuff beside the sofa on a normal night, set them out! Organize the bookshelf to look pretty and organized. Just the small things can have a huge impact on how guests feel while at your home.
- Define the Feeding Line. At our home, we have a big main island in the center of our kitchen. I would be completely lost without it. Taylor and I always sit and eat there instead of the table. When guests come over, it serves as seating and a buffet line. I set all the food out and let people go through. That way, your aren’t constantly passing the pots along. It just works more smoothly.
- Smile and be Hospitable. Relax!!! Finally, this is the day you have planned and planned for! Enjoy it! When your guests ask if they can help with anything or getting things ready before eating or clean up, take them up on their offer! Most likely they actually want to help! Plus, getting the dishes out of the way makes the eating area less clutter-y and more comfortable for guests. Your number one priority is to make sure your guests are comfortable and happy…. Oh, and full! 🙂 Your guests are your priority!!
- Be Prepared. Be prepared for SOMETHING to go wrong. Not everything will go smoothly. Maybe you’ll be short a spoon or someone will want a toothpick, which you forgot to purchase at the store. Be prepared for something to happen or not go perfectly.
- Relax and Have Fun. This tip is HUGE! It may not seem like a dinner party is relaxing, especially as the host, but ENJOY your time with your family and friends! Visit, laugh, and have fun! Your guests can tell when you are stressed and running all around the kitchen fussing over the meatloaf. Just don’t! As the host, you set the attitude and mood of the event! Don’t ruin it by being a bad host!
There are my top tips of being a host and some duties of making your guests comfortable! It’s all about being yourself, being a great host, and enjoying the party!