- Invite a mix of both old and new friends. Think about ways that you can help break the ice as everyone meets. If you’re inviting several friends who are quiet natured or shy, invite other friends who are more out-going so they can help keep the conversation going and help make the new guests feel at ease.
2. Plan ahead. Make a list of everything that has to be done and then assign tasks to each day leading up to the party. A little here and little there is far less stressful than waiting until the last minute to do everything.
3. Treat your guests like family and your family like guests. Make your guests feel at home . . . but don’t be grouchy to your family while you’re getting ready for the party.
4. Get over the idea that everything in your home has to be perfect. Sometimes that perfection makes people feel ill at ease or makes them scared that they’ll mess something up.
5. Find some recipes that can be prepared or frozen ahead of time. You’ll be far less stressed.
6. Cheat where you can. Find some already prepared foods that will require little prep time. Put the food in your own serving bowls or platters and no one will know the difference. Hey, if it tastes good and presents well, does it really matter that it wasn’t prepared in your kitchen?
7. Visit sites like Pinterest for some cool party décor and serving ideas, but don’t feel like you always have to match the perfection shown in the pictures.
8. Take pictures at your party and make sure you’re in some of them. Memories are a priceless gift.
9. Sit down and enjoy being with your guests. Why throw a party if you can’t actually be part of it?
10. Have fun. A relaxed host makes for a great host. Your guests will want to come back—and you’ll want to throw another party!