You’ve chosen a theme and you are ready to set the date and
send out the e-vites. Whoo-hoo, you're on your way to a fun party! If you haven’t
had a big party since ordering a keg and opening up your doors to all your
college buddies and their friends, or if this is the biggest party since you’ve
had four of your best friends over for dinner, a little extra planning can go a
long way in making sure your house is ready, your guests feel comfortable, and
everyone will have a great time - including yourself!
1. The best tip is to allow plenty of time for preparations. Spend
some time weeks before the party getting things ready, so you’re not trying to
clean the house, cook the food and get yourself read the day of your event.
2. Go through your home as if you were an arriving guest.
off a bed for coats. Make sure your bathroom is spotless and well stocked with
towels and extra toilet paper. Have a spot for people to set gifts or wine they’ve
On the day of the party, do a last sweep with a laundry
basket, clearing away the magazines, stacks of mail, extra clutter, dirty
clothing, etc., and hide the basket in an out-of-the-way place. And make sure
you remove your jewelry and medicines from the bathroom and hide any valuables
if you don’t know all of your guests well.
3. Finalize the furniture arrangement.
Fewer chairs make it
easier for people to wander and mingle. Set up a few conversational areas that
seat four to six. Have lots of small tables next to the chairs so people can
set down their drinks.
Avoid setting up a ring of folding chairs around the perimeter
of the room, this does not promote conversation or mingling because people are
too far away from one another. It’s awkward looking when the chairs are empty,
and uncomfortable if you actually sit down. If you’ve ever been to a party
where the chairs have been set up this way, or at a wedding or other
well-attended event, often chairs get moved around into smaller groups of
four to six, with an extra chair or two used as a cocktail table!
5. Have last-minute supplies and items handy.
If you have a
land line, write your address on the phone or on a message board in the kitchen
in case someone needs to make an emergency call. Have spare bottle openers,
serving utensils, corkscrews, and paper towels handy in the kitchen and bar area
if that’s separate. Pull out your kitchen garbage can so no one has to hunt for
it. Have a few more waste cans around in other areas, as well.
Don’t neglect yourself - a little extra preparation will
help you relax on the day of your party.
If you are comfortable, your guests
will be too. Not everything has to be perfect! Make sure you have a snack
prior, so you won’t be starving as your guests arrive. Stay well hydrated with
water, too. Chances are it will be difficult to eat since you’ll be having so
Have fun, and send in your favorite party tips. We'd love to hear your ideas!
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