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Tips for Hosting a Party
|Have you ever wanted to host a party, but felt too intimidated to start? This article will give you the courage to begin!
The first step is to decide what kind of party it will be. Will it be formal, or informal? Large or small? Indoors or out? Who will you invite? Will you serve food and liquor? Do you want to have a theme? Are you celebrating any special occasion?
These are just some of the decisions you need to make before you start issuing your invitations.
Once you have decided on these matters, pick a date, time, and location, and draw up a list of people you wish to invite. Depending on the custom in your social circle, you can issue formal written invitations, invite your guests by telephone, or ask them in person.
Whatever method you choose, it's a good idea to issue your party invitations at least two or three weeks in advance.
One of the most important aspects of throwing a party is to make sure that all your guests understand exactly what kind of party it will be, and what is expected of them.
Here is a checklist to help you make sure your guests know what to expect:
-Is the party formal or informal?
-Is it a costume party?
-Does the party have a theme?
-Are you supplying food? Will you provide a full meal, or just snacks and appetizers? At what time will the food be served? Will it be a formal, sit down meal? Or buffet style?
-Are you supplying alcoholic beverages? Do you want people to bring their own beverages?
-Do you want the guests to bring anything, such as food, appetizers, party favors, or liquor?
-If you have any unique requests, make them very explicit. For example you may not want anyone to consume alcohol or smoke on the premises.
-Do you want people to bring their children, or leave them at home?
-Does the party start exactly at a certain time, or is the starting time approximate?
-Is attendance "come and go"?
A few days before the party, telephone everyone on your list to remind them again about your party, and to have them confirm whether or not they will be attending.
One of the easiest kinds of parties to host is a potluck party. In this type of party, you are not saddled with the overwhelming task of preparing all the food yourself. You simply ask each person or couple you invite to bring some food for all to share. You can be very organized in your requests, giving each person specific instructions as to what they should bring. Or you can simply let people bring anything they want, and hope that you don't end up with ten jellied salads.
To be sure that there will be a substantial main dish, prepare it yourself. You can also ask one or two people to bring dishes you think would be especially popular.
Even if you are a very good cook, and prefer to do all the food preparation yourself, you will probably still benefit by asking a friend to help you get everything ready. You may want to start all your preparations one or two days in advance.
Before the party starts, be sure that the house is reasonably clean and that you have enough chairs, plates, cups and glasses for everyone. Be sure to have enough containers available for trash. Pick out some music selections that your guests will enjoy.
You will have much more fun at your own party if you let go of the idea that everything has to be perfect. Parties are not about perfection, they are about fun. Things that go wrong may seem disastrous at the time, but they may seem very funny later.
Try to be at the door to greet each of your guests as they arrive, and thank them for coming. Let them know where to put their coats. Tell them when and where the food will be served and show them the location of the bathroom. Introduce any new arrivals to the people who are already present.
When you introduce people to each other, briefly mention some points of interest about each person so they have something to begin talking about. For example you can say, "Fred, this is Ron Stevens, who is my boss at the bank where I work. Ron, I'd like to introduce my neighbor, Fred Lahrmann. Fred has just completed building an ultra-light plane in his back yard."
If any of the people at your party seem to be especially shy, be sure to introduce them to others who will talk to them. If you notice someone who seems to be alone a lot throughout the evening, you can ask that person if they have been introduced to everyone at the party.
Sometimes people who are socially awkward will leap at the chance to help you with some party chores. You can ask them politely if they would be willing to take around a tray of appetizers to the guests, or help pick up empty glasses. Don't force these duties on them. Give people a choice.
Try to get to each guest several times throughout the evening, and don't play favorites, ignoring some, and monopolizing the time of others. If at all possible, try to speak to your guests as they are leaving and thank them for coming. Who knows, you may enjoy hosting a party so much that you will do it again and again!
About the author:
This article is by Royane Real and is taken from her new downloadable book titled "How You Can Have All the Friends You Want – Your Complete Guide to Finding Friends, Making Friends, and Keeping Friends" Check it out at http://www.royanereal.com
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