By Tara Riceberg, Guest Contributor - Party Planning & Entertaining
Now is THE best time to have friends over to your home, as it has just been deep cleaned for spring! What? You don't like to entertain? Worried that you can't afford to host a party? You've never thrown a bash and have no idea how to do it?
NO EXCUSES! Don't let laziness, or fear, stop you from entertaining.
All parties, no matter how large or small, must be fun: fun to plan, fun to give and fun to attend. You must plan well and pay attention to details so that your event becomes uniquely yours. Lots of money isn't a necessity. Originality and intelligent planning plus a flair for enjoyment are all you need!
The most important rule for a successful party is to make sure your guests feel welcomed. The first fifteen minutes will make or break your event so be sure to greet guests with enthusiasm, and a drink. Think about the best fêtes you've attended. To be sure, the ones where you felt you were essential to the night's festivities were the most memorable.
The second rule is plan ahead. If you're well prepared, you won't be overspending or stressing. Don't worry about what is or isn't correct. As long as you're happy, your guests will be too. So when planning, select a theme that you're comfortable with. After all, you, the hostess, are the center of the party so success is dependent on your mood and how you affect your company.
Happily the trend in entertaining is for simpler parties. Fussy and formal is passé. You don't even need a grand reason to celebrate. The best nights are "just because."
Still scared to throw a party? No worries. Rule three: Start small and build up.
Party of One
You can't hope to entertain others well if you can't entertain yourself. Plan a dinner and pay attention to the details. Light girls night outcandles, set the table, add a flower to a vase. Cook your favorite meal and dress up. After dinner, treat yourself to something fun. This means no chores or working on the computer. Take the time to catch up on your reading, listen to music or soak in a hot bath. Or practice with a sumptuous, relaxing tea time.
Party for Two
Instead of using the large, empty dining room, try setting a table on the patio or on a small table in the living room. What better way to make a guest feel important than making him, or her, the center of attention? If you're not the best cook, don't worry. By creating a dynamic, colorful table scape, you'll enliven the table and set off the meal. Fine wine served in a plastic cup is no match for a so-so one decanted into a beautiful stemmed wine goblet. Again, apply to same rules to entertaining for one, to two.
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