Having people to your home for dinner parties, holidays and special events can be an extremely fulfilling experience but it can also be one full of anxiety and stress. Making sure to take the right steps when planning your event is one of the most important parts of being the perfect hostess. It doesn’t matter if you are hosting an intimate gathering or a large holiday bash, you want your guests to have a great time.
How to Be the Perfect Hostess
Always Plan Ahead
Planning is such an important part of being a great hostess. Make lists, pick a date and send invites. It is also imperative that you always make sure to have a backup plan in case something doesn’t go exactly as you hoped. Iron out all the little details that you will need to focus on and make sure to solidify the number of guests that will be attending. Never leave planning to the last second. Planning ahead will help you to be a better, more relaxed hostess on the night of your get together.
Play it Smooth
Chances are, something is going to go wrong. It is important that when that happens you don’t dwell on it and instead focus on the big picture. Leave messes for later and make sure that you don’t over react to the little things. Little mistakes or mishaps aren’t going to ruin the entire event, so don’t let them.
Make Sure You Eat Food & Drink Water
In order to be a great hostess, you’ll need to take care of yourself. Get a good night’s sleep the night before your big event so that you can wake up refreshed and ready for the day. It is also important that you get a chance to eat and drink. Your body needs the energy to stay focused and to handle stress. Taking care of yourself is a very important part of being a great hostess because it will enable you to take better care of your guests and their wants and needs.
Just Love on Your Guests
The most important part of any event is making sure that the guests feel welcome and comfortable in their environment. Make sure that you show your guests a great time and focus on their wants and needs. The key to being a fantastic hostess is to ensure that everyone is having a great time. At the end of the day, all that matters is that everyone enjoyed themselves.
Hosting an event or get together can be an extremely fulfilling experience, just make sure to plan ahead, don’t sweat the small stuff, take care of yourself and show your guests some love.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!