Hosting a Great Party

People think hosting a good party is hard, but it does not have to be if you have all the basics.  You need to get the word out, decide on menu items, and entertainment that will have guests not checking their phones for the time and heading for the door.  It can seem overwhelming to make sure everything goes off without a hitch, I know some friends who are not up to the challenge, but with a few tips, you could now be the go-to person for parties for years to come.

When you decide on the event that you are hosting, whether is the big football game, a Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza, or a thirtieth birthday celebration, you need to get the word out and a confirmed headcount.  Social media is a great way to not only send invites out, but a way to see your guests that have confirmed, maybe will, cannot attend, or simply have not responded.  As always there are those that will back out, or show up without confirming, so it is important to follow up with a text or an email as well.  I still have friends that do not have social media, so have to remember to keep them in the loop with the invites.

Setup for the event will come next, making it more adult-like and less like a college party where you put a keg in the middle of the room and let it be a free for all for your guests.  With your guest count, make sure you have enough tables and chairs, eating and drinking utensils, and for now have a clean house and bathroom to start the party.  With food being an essential piece of hosting a party, unless it is a dinner party with a few selected couple, usually ordering items such as a party sub is common, as well as those bringing side dishes, having more of trying many different smaller items than large main courses.  A midnight delivery of pizza is a nice touch for those that will be hungry towards the end of the night, sending your guests home on a full stomach to soak up some of the alcohol.  Speaking of alcohol, a keg of the favorite beer is a nice touch to provide, as well as the cups making it an easy cleanup. Make sure the music is fun upbeat, with multiple genres so different age groups and tastes will be able to enjoy.  A bonfire outside is also a fun way to keep the night going.

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