Party Tips are hugely helpful, especially when they give you an in on keeping your guests happy. In fact, the most essential party tips deal with making sure your guests are entertained, interested, and excited to be there. With the holidays coming up, I'm sure many of us will be hosting more gatherings and get togethers. However, you can use tips for cocktail, dinner, and birthday parties year round. Regardless of what you're planning, here are some sure-fire party tips to keep your guests happy.
1. Pick the Right Date
Now, this tip doesn't mean that you can't choose to throw a party on Halloween, Memorial Day, or Valentine's Day – but if you do, make sure you invite your guests well ahead of time. Rather, unless it's a football party, don't throw it on Super Bowl Sunday, because you're not going to get a lot of guests. Too few party tips focus on days like that; they'll tell you to avoid throwing last-minute parties near the holidays, sure, but you have to remember sports related events, too.
2. Invite Diverse Guests
Part of keeping your guests happy involves inviting a good mix of people. Try to make sure there are an even number of men and women, just for balance. Don't just invite people from one group, i.e., just colleagues. There won't be much new to talk about and the circulation will be really slow. Choose an interesting mix of people so everyone will have something to talk about with each other.
3. Have a Plan
This is one of those party tips that seems pretty self-explanatory, but you'd be surprised. You don't necessarily have to have a theme – but if you do, make sure you're prepared. Otherwise, just know your guests and your party. Do your guests like to drink? Make sure to have cocktails. It is an evening soiree? Make sure you have food, whether you go with snacks, appetizers, or dinner.
4. Have Seating
This may also seem a little “duh,” but there's nothing worse than a room full of people, standing around because there aren't enough places to sit. If you're having the kind of party that takes place primarily in the living room, make sure you bring in extra chairs. Comfort is always a plus!
5. To Game or Not to Game
Not everyone likes games when they have a party, and that's cool. Again, though, think about the people you're inviting. The most important party tips help ensure that your guests are happy. If you think they'd like games, make sure you choose appropriate ones. That is, don't choose something that can't be played by a lot of people – or, conversely, games that need large groups if you're having a small affair.
A lot of people have food allergies and special dietary preferences. If you're serving food, make sure you're aware of these. Even if you have to have separate options for guests who don't do gluten or can't eat peanuts, go that extra mile to make them feel comfortable.
7. Get Help
This might not seem like one of the most important party tips, especially in terms of making the guests happy, but trust me, it is. If you're worn out from taking all the planning, cleaning, and preparations on yourself, you're not going to have a good time. If you're not having fun, it will be harder for your guests to enjoy themselves.
Whether you're encouraging people to dance or just want a little white noise, music is a must. Make a mix CD or hook up your iPod. Whatever you do, have a good mix of music. Depending on the nature of the party, you might want to stay away from anything too slow. Slow jams aren't always the best choice. One time I played “Losing My Religion” during a party and the whole room basically died.
9. Be the Hostest with the Mostest
Or the host with the most – your mileage may vary. Regardless, it's your job to make sure your guests circulate. Let no glass go empty and no plate go without food. Draw out the wallflowers. Encourage laughter and sharing!
10. Have Fun Too
You have to have fun, too! Again, your guests will feed off that vibe. It will make them enjoy themselves even more!
Party tips are essential when you're planning a soiree. It's vital to know proper etiquette, décor and dining tips, and things of that nature. Most importantly, as mentioned, it's important to look for party tips that deal with making sure your guests have a good time. What are some of your best used party tips?
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