Are you worried about hosting your first-ever Thanksgiving and making your grandmother proud? Or perhaps you feel nervous about simply inviting friends over for a get-together and keeping them entertained, comfortable, and happy throughout the evening. Learning how to host different kinds of events can actually be a lot of fun. Eventually you might feel so confident in your entertaining abilities that you’ll throw a party for the slightest reason!
But it’s okay if you have no idea where to start. There’s plenty to think about! First, think about why you want to host a get-together. The purpose of the party will determine the guest list and set the mood.
For example, you’ll take a completely different approach to hosting a baby shower versus a New Year’s Eve party. If you want to just get some friends together, it’s still important to decide whether you want to have a relaxing or spirited vibe.
After figuring out the guest list, food is the next major factor. A pot-luck style prevents you from getting overwhelmed, but you should specify whether you plan to have a sit-down dinner or just munch on finger-food all night long. Don’t forget the drinks, whether alcoholic or otherwise. Once you have the details hammered out, send invitations. A Facebook event is typically an acceptable way to manage a modern get-together, but some occasions do call for a more formal mailed invitation.
Small details can make themed parties extra special and set them apart from a regular hang-out session. Decorate if the occasion calls for it, and definitely create a playlist and serve food on your nicest plates.
Finally, get fully committed to your role as host or hostess! Greet each guest as they arrive, take their coats and purses, introduce them to anyone they don’t know, and invite them to get comfortable.
Be ready to lead the conversation if it wanes, to serve food or refill drinks, to turn up or change the music, or to start a party game. Have an exit strategy to help usher guests home when it gets late, and help everyone get home safely if they’ve had a lot to drink.
If the thought of hosting a party makes you sweat, practice with your closest friends! Turn the next hang-out night into something a little more special by giving it a theme. You’re sure to have tons of fun!