Sometimes last minute parties are the best ones. While there is still some planning and preparation, it is fast paced and there is hardly time to get stressed out about it. It really is possible to enjoy the party as much as the host or hostess as it is as a guest. Read on for some helpful tips on how to achieve party bliss.
Make A List
Jot down a quick visual reminder of what you need to do. This list might include notes such as clearing a spot for coats, buying extra bags of ice, or setting up a table for the kids. You may even want to lay out a flattering and comfortable outfit for yourself to wear for the party. Guests can help with many things, but getting you ready is not one of them. Be sure to get yourself ready and feel presentable and you will enjoy the party much more.
Now is not the time to deep clean. In order for your guests to have a clean area to socialize in, do a quick sweep through high traffic rooms with an empty laundry basket. Throw anything in it that does not belong in a room or that makes it overly cluttered. Put that basket into a room where guests won’t go, and shut the door. In fact, shut any doors of rooms where guests don’t need to go. There is no point in cleaning the whole house when you don’t have to.
Next, go through your home and surface clean, concentrating on the bathroom and kitchen. Be sure that the bathroom is well stocked with toilet paper and soap, and that they are easy for guests to access. If anything heavy duty needs cleaning you can always rent some equipment from Action Carpet Cleaning Rentals to get ready for your big day.
Make Food and Drinks Ahead of Time
If it is too short notice to prepare anything ahead of time, keep food and beverages simple, and incorporate some premade items. If guests ask if they can bring something, say yes, and even make a suggestion. Perhaps you would like guests to bring desserts or drinks? Either way it take pressure off you and you can enjoy your party more by being prepared with these things.
Use Mismatched Tableware
Don’t worry about everything matching. Mismatched tableware has a charm of its own, and will give guests something to talk about. Your party doesn’t need to be formal or you would have done something about your tableware. Try to keep it relaxed a low-key and you will be sure to have a good time.
Stimulate the Senses
Light some candles, turn on some music, and turn down the lights and the thermostat. Guests generate body heat, and if the oven is on, it will also put off extra heat. Make sure that the temperature is comfortable for guests, and that they smell a variety of pleasing smells. The flicker of candles is also inviting.
Remind yourself that guests are there to enjoy the gathering, not to closely inspect your housekeeping skills or domestic prowess. Relax and enjoy the moments with the people in your life. A gracious hostess is much preferred over a perfect one.