Sure, anyone can throw a party, but can you do it well? If you Google “how to host a party”, just like anything else, the search results often lead to feelings of disenchantment. Tips range from simple preparation, suggestions of using paper products, arranging entertainment, good lighting, comfy seating, etc., etc. While those are great tips, they don’t necessarily provide the direction of creating amazing events that end with unforgettable memories. Having hosted parties that range from intimate gatherings all the way up to affairs with RSVP’s nearing 1,000 guests, event planning isn’t exactly rocket science but it’s not for everything either. Over the years, I’ve continuously defaulted to these tips as my secret sauce for success:
Plan ahead: So, you want to have a party? Great, now what? Think through details such as the type of celebration and/or a theme. For example, is it a casual gathering or black-tie affair? Once that has been determined, make lists, multiple if needed and plan as if you were a guest at your own party. Location, time of day, guest list, food, dietary restrictions, decorations, seating, lighting, activities and always make contingency plans for the “what if” situations. A well-planned event will allow you and your guests peace of mind, before, during and after the event is over!
Think through the lens of your guests: This goes hand in hand with planning. By pairing the two concepts together, you are setting yourself up for success. Let’s face it, we’ve all attended a party that left us feeling lackluster, hungry and/or tired. If your guest list consists of families with children, old friends and/or new acquaintances, accommodate them. Provide fun activities, conversation starters or food and beverage that will meet the need of even the pickiest of palates.
Be a great host: You might be wondering; how can I be a great host? Rule No. 1: do your homework and plan ahead, Rule No 2: think through the lens of your guests, Rule No. 3: mingle, provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere and repeat rules 1 and 2.
Some claim they don’t know how, they are too busy or are not detail-oriented enough…but that’s ok! There is never a one-size fits all answer for hosting parties and you should always find something that works for you. If event planning is still not appealing, there are plenty of services, such as personal assistants and event managers that are happy to help with as much or as little as needed to help you host an amazing affair.
As a Greensboro Concierge Service, we can help you with the planning and hosting details for your upcoming event. We also offer a variety of services including Lifestyle Management,Transition Assistance and have packages available to suit your personal, as well as business needs.