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      How to Host a Great Party

      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:

      Party Date:
      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.

      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.

      Budget:
      Know your budget.

      Guest List:
      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.

      Business Events:
      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.

      Lists:
      Santa was right, make your check lists and check twice.

      Sound/Media:
      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.

      Remain calm:
      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.

      Potluck?:
      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!

      Notes:
      Day after party take note of party details: who came, what served, budget vs. actual spending, notes of what worked and did not work.