Being a gracious host is truly a timeless art, and proper planning ensures you’ve got it mastered. One of the most underrated tools in party planning? The list. Whether you use a notebook or your smartphone, creating a list is key to helping you stay organized and prepared, so you can fully enjoy yourself the day of the event. With these tips, everyone will want to know your secret to making it look easy & effortless.
PARTY PLANNING BUDGET
Beautiful table settings don’t have to mean breaking the bank. While crystal candleholders and handwoven tablecloths may be appropriate for tea with the queen, your guests will be more impressed by your creativity and unique spin on décor.
You’re the host which means the menu is your masterpiece. While there are many things to consider, bringing it to life gets a lot less complicated when it’s a team effort. So while you’re handling the main course, enlist your friends to bring complementary side dishes and appetizers to make your culinary masterpiece a reality.
Remember, the most important ingredient of any dinner party is enjoying each other’s company. Your guests won’t even notice if you forgot to put out appetizer picks!
You're already the master of hosting parties that people love. But by adding just a few personal touches, you're going the extra mile to make your party one they won't forget. Here are some tips on how to make your next party even more personal.
Tips to make your guests feel at ease and welcome:
Once your party is in full swing, it’s easy to get caught up in your hosting tasks and miss the arrival of the occasional guest. To make sure everyone feels right at home, put an easel sign or seasonal wreath on the door with a special, welcoming message.
In case you aren’t there to take their coats and bags at the door, set up a rolling rack with hangers or a bench where people can place their things.
Have a tray of Beringer Main & Vine Sauvignon Blanc ready when guests walk through the door – it immediately encourages mingling. Add a little extra touch to make it memorable, like frozen raspberries to keep the wine cool.
Whether it’s a non-alcoholic punch or a Sparkling White Wine Mojito cocktail, serving a unique signature drink creates a great topic of conversation and can potentially help keep beverage costs within budget. Add a sign to let guests know to help themselves and give it a fun name – get creative!
Find creative ways to encourage your guests to mingle with someone they may not know. Set up a magnetic board at the door and tack up guests’ names along with an icebreaker question listed on the back. Whether the task is to seek out a familiar face or someone they don’t know, guests will learn something new about other party-goers and will never be at a loss for conversation!