The Little Guide To The Perfect Party Host

The Little Guide To The Perfect Party Host

There is something that most parents need to learn very fast, and it is how to throw the perfect party! Indeed, a child’s life is full of birthday parties, friends’ parties and even more parties simply for the sake of it – after all, they can, they have the rest of their lives to worry about things. However, there is something a little unfair about parties: Not only does it seem a lot more common for children to have parties than adults, but children’s parties seem to be a lot more fun too. Don’t despair, how enjoyable a party is depends entirely on your host. In that case, that would be yourself, so it’s important to make a checklist of all the things that you should remember during your party prep. Also, as a host, you are completely free to arrange for an adult party too. Did you know that the majority of parents who are invited to parties are only invited to their child’s friends’ parties? This must stop! Parties can be fun for both adults and children as you are about to find out. So get your party hat on and learn a few party tricks for next time.

The Little Guide To The Perfect Party Host

Get your party hat on

Planning The Admin Side

For a start, every party starts with an idea: Wouldn’t it be nice if we…? How about we …? What would you say if…? In short, the desire for a party can be spontaneous, whether there is a big occasion to celebrate – such as your grandmother’s 100th birthday or your child’s 1st – or you are in the mood for some fun. Once the idea of a party has reached your mind, it’s when the planning time can begin. Basically, the planning time tends to be focused around a piece of paper and a mug of coffee! It’s about making a list of your potential guests and asking early enough in advance. If you want to make it a little more official, there’s nothing to beat the good old invitation card! If you are planning a large party, you should be looking at hiring a venue too, but for smaller parties, there is no need to prepare the venue except for maybe vacuuming the house thoroughly before the guests arrive. It’s always helpful to be aware of your guests’ dietary requirements at this stage as this will influence the type of food or buffet you can prepare. Indeed, some people might be lactose-intolerant, vegetarian, allergic to nuts or eggs, etc. So you should always have something to suit everyone. Finally, if you are planning on hosting the party at home, remember to either invite your neighbors or inform them. Keep for them a few slices of cakes or buy a bottle of wine as a token of your appreciation after the

The Little Guide To The Perfect Party HostFor a start, every party starts with an idea: Wouldn’t it be nice if we…? How about we …? What would you say if…? In short, the desire for a party can be spontaneous, whether there is a big occasion to celebrate – such as your grandmother’s 100th birthday or your child’s 1st – or you are in the mood for some fun. Once the idea of a party has reached your mind, it’s when the planning time can begin. Basically, the planning time tends to be focused around a piece of paper and a mug of coffee! It’s about making a list of your potential guests and asking early enough in advance. If you want to make it a little more official, there’s nothing to beat the good old invitation card! If you are planning a large party, you should be looking at hiring a venue too, but for smaller parties, there is no need to prepare the venue except for maybe vacuuming the house thoroughly before the guests arrive. It’s always helpful to be aware of your guests’ dietary requirements at this stage as this will influence the type of food or buffet you can prepare. Indeed, some people might be lactose-intolerant, vegetarian, allergic to nuts or eggs, etc. So you should always have something to suit everyone. Finally, if you are planning on hosting the party at home, remember to either invite your neighbors or inform them. Keep for them a few slices of cakes or buy a bottle of wine as a token of your appreciation after the party. This will keep your relationship friendly!

Plan the party

Creating The Party

Once the planning is behind you, it’s time to finally prepare the real thing. At that point, you should already have decided on your venue. So you can use the time before the party to think about DIY decorations to help to set the mood. For example, if you are planning a winter party – as opposed to a summer party – using garlands and figures out of the Disney film Frozen can be a nice touch. Sometimes it’s more difficult to find a décor for your theme, especially if you are inviting friends over for a night together and a nice meal, but do make an effort in creating a party mood with music, dim lights, and even a decorative centerpiece on the table. A common mistake of amateur hosts is, as they start welcoming their guests, to wait for everyone to arrive before serving food. You should always have some canapés and other appetizers ready for the early arrivals! As a rule of the thumb, most guests tend to arrive on time or a little late, but there is the occasional guest who arrives up to 60 minutes too early. So, it’s a good thing to always have something ready for them!

The Little Guide To The Perfect Party Host

A beautiful centerpiece

Keeping The Party Spirit Alive

After the party, it’s still the party. Indeed, in the same way, that your guests were excited days before your party, most people continue to surf on a wave of excitement for the next few hours to days after a good party. If you have planned for invitation cards, especially if you were throwing a children’s party, it’s always a nice touch to send a thank you card to all guests. If you took pictures during the party, as most people do, make the most of glue dots and dispensers to attach a picture to your thank you card. It will be a much-appreciated gesture! Similarly, if you enjoy social media platforms such as Facebook and are in contact with most of your guests, you could post an album of the party or even post videos if you could film throughout the event. For most guests, this is an indication that their presence was noticed and appreciated, so don’t hesitate to take a picture of each single one of your guests.

The Little Guide To The Perfect Party Host

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Get Feedback

Last, but never least when it comes to party, is the feedback area. It is difficult to get honest feedback from your guests, but it’s important to discuss things openly with them. Start by reviewing everything that went wrong – it may sound depressing, but it’s easier to start with the negative points and then move to the positive than the other way round. Common issues tend to be about the quantity of food and drink, too much or too little, and the quality of the food sometimes – Were the burgers burnt or maybe the soup cold? You may also encounter problems with the venue, which are always good to note down, whether your guests didn’t like the venue you chose or whether your living room was a little too small for the party. Make a note, so that you know what to avoid for next time. Then you can move to the positive side and list everything that worked so that you can do it again next time too!

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