I love hosting friends and family and I can honestly say that I do not stress out about it.
Over the years, I have had to get by on smaller budgets and I don’t think that should stop you from hosting.
Take your time when planning the menu and event and most importantly, keep it simple!
- Turn the TV off and play music
- Dietary constraints of your guests should be considered when planning the menu
- When a full meal is served, appetizers should be just that…wetting your guests appetite for what’s to come
- The main course should be something you have prepared before and not labor intesive during the event
- Make sure the menu items makes sense together- don’t serve three different starches and no veggies
- Consider serving the meal buffet style, it will be quicker and less formal
- There’s nothing wrong with paper plates, it gives you more time to spend with your guests
- Any activity that is offered should be planned in a way that guests don’t feel akward if they opt out
- Use greenery and flowers from your yard to make the table or serving area look festive
- On certain occasions, it’s nice to send your guests home with a small token gift, like a box of cookies
Check out some events that I’ve helped with or hosted recently:
Gingerbread House-Making Party