If the idea of hosting a party intimidates you, have no fear! Etiquette Expert Melanie Perko joined us today to break it down into simple steps.
How to be a Great Party Host/Hostess:
• If you want to make sure certain guests can be there for a milestone event (wedding, retirement party, special birthday, etc.), it is worth sending a save the date card or email, prior to the invitation.
• Remember your invitation sets the tone of the event and should be as informational as possible.
• Include: what, when, where, time, dress code, RSVP information (not regrets only) and by what date, and indicate if food will be served.
• Add directions to your venue, if invitation space permits.
• Know your budget.
• Be sure your budget and space allows for your guest list.
• If there are guests who do not get along, or are divorced from each other, do invite but might pre-warn.
• Make sure food and beverage match head count. If serving a meal with china and silverware, best not to have people eat from their laps.
• Know weekends are really family time, not suitable for business or client events (unless during the holidays.)
• The best night for a business event is a Thursday night ---close to the weekend, but not family time.
• Santa was right, make your check lists and check twice.
• If using any electronics or music, do a sound check first.
Finalize head count:
• Call or email any guests from whom you have not heard.
• On event day remain calm no matter what happens as your guests will pick up on negative energy from their host(ess).
• Know as host(ess) you will be working to ensure a good time is had by all.
• If your event is potluck, make sure you know or assign who is bringing what. You don't want to end up with 5 bowls of chips and guacamole!
• Day after party take note of party details: who came, what served, budget vs. actual spending, notes of what worked and did not work.