If the idea of hosting a party intimidates you, have no fear! Etiquette Expert Melanie Perko joined us today to break it down into simple steps.
How to be a Great Party Host/Hostess:
If you want to make sure certain guests can be there for a milestone event (wedding, retirement party, special birthday, etc.), it is worth sending a save the date card or email, prior to the invitation.
Remember your invitation sets the tone of the event and should be as informational as possible.
Include: what, when, where, time, dress code, RSVP information (not regrets only) and by what date, and indicate if food will be served.
Add directions to your venue, if invitation space permits.
Know your budget.
Be sure your budget and space allows for your guest list.
If there are guests who do not get along, or are divorced from each other, do invite but might pre-warn.
Make sure food and beverage match head count. If serving a meal with china and silverware, best not to have people eat from their laps.
Know weekends are really family time, not suitable for business or client events (unless during the holidays.)
The best night for a business event is a Thursday night ---close to the weekend, but not family time.
Santa was right, make your check lists and check twice.
If using any electronics or music, do a sound check first.
Finalize head count:
Call or email any guests from whom you have not heard.
On event day remain calm no matter what happens as your guests will pick up on negative energy from their host(ess).
Know as host(ess) you will be working to ensure a good time is had by all.
If your event is potluck, make sure you know or assign who is bringing what. You don't want to end up with 5 bowls of chips and guacamole!
Day after party take note of party details: who came, what served, budget vs. actual spending, notes of what worked and did not work.