it is a great feeling to entertain. Indians
are known to be great hosts, well there is a reason for it. It is said that
any guest that visits your home is a form of "god" and
therefore should be treated with respect, care and love. "Atithi
Devo Bhava" means "All guests are a form of god". A
good host is after all who makes the guest feel welcome and wanted.
great party runs smoothly and the guests feel welcome, entertained and
relaxed. But throwing a great party takes planning...........No
matter what party you are hosting, hosting a party requires careful
planning. Be flexible as you plan; don't be afraid of last-minute
Print this page to keep track of your next party.
items as you do them.
Plan Ahead :
Plan the party
list at least
a month ahead. ( If you have the luxury of time! If it is a rushed
event, do the best you can) Mail invitations at least three weeks before
the party. RSVP's are a must. A map
to the location or directions
to your home can be included for the convenience of your
invitations are a new way of announcing your
party. These have become very popular for announcing informal
parties like BBQ's, Luncheons or Informal dinner parties. Top
personal phone invite is always the way to go along with your E-vite.
Call special friends to invite them. Make your party sound FUN.
: Make sure that guests have enough room to circulate and enjoy
themselves. Rearrange furniture, move coffee tables and other art
objects, this will make room for free and easy movement of your guests. Set
the furniture in such a way so as to promote conversation. Make sure the
thermostat is set to accommodate a room full of warm bodies.
Decorate the party room with the party theme decorations or make extra
special efforts to clean the house for the day of the party so that your
house "sparkles". That will definitely give your guests a warm
"Special" feeling. Special scents can really enhance any
room, use a light potpourri or air freshener. Top
A bouquet of
are a perfect
yet simple addition to the dinner table. Top
Creating a Memory
: Keep the camera loaded and ready with fresh batteries. Charge the
camcorder battery ahead of time and assign someone to take pictures,
, so that they too appear in some of the pictures. Make sure that
the person can handle the camera / video camera. Top
: For buffet dinners, aid traffic flow with additional space all around
the buffet table. For dinner parties, try to seat people with common
interests together. For Kids sometimes it is best to serve ready
made plates in small servings. Top
Serve dinner in a timely fashion. Too early....your guests will wonder
whether you want them to leave. Too late....you will have tired guests
and appetites of your guests will have gone, therefore they will be
unable to enjoy the food you have taken so much time to cook. Decide the
appropriate time and stick with the schedule. Top
Coats and Presents
: Have a designated area ready for guests' purses, coats and gifts.
: Pick your music CD's ahead of time and arrange them in order. Or
record theme music on cassettes or CDs to last the entire party. This
will keep the party moving along and help avoid those "silent"
pauses in your party. Top
: Keep an old family album on the coffee table. It is a definite
conversation starter. Place the newest object d'art very noticeable so
that is easy to start a conversation around it. Look up the
and the look up the day's "wacky" news to talk about it. Look up a
joke to share
and more :
Stock your liquor cabinet. Be ready with a "snazzy cocktail" up
your sleeve, whip it up for your guests. Don't forget the kids.
Sometimes Juice boxes work the best. Go to
easy for recipes. They will be impressed. Or make
a delightful Punch ahead of time to serve your guests. Top
a Great Host
: Having done all the above ! Be ready at least
before the party.
Have a glass of wine ! Stay calm and composed yet
welcome your guests. Top
the Party :
Talk to each and every guest invited and make them feel special. Look up
names of children and or spouses of the invited guests ahead of time.
Your party, is a great time to make arrangements for the next party / get
together / occasion with the invited guests. Update phone numbers,
emails and family info. Top
HERE FOR PARTY GAMES
games and activities ahead of time, especially kids parties. Keep games
ready, like the eternal favorites : pin the tail on the donkey,
musical chairs, four corners etc. Kids
birthday parties can be enhanced by hiring clowns or
parties can be planned around a game
like "Pool", "Bridge" , "Rummy", "Banco"
etc. Costume parties are also fun. Plan a party around a particular
"Cuisine" ...for example Indian, Chinese, etc. Have your
guests dress up. Top
: Keep a Sign-in-Book for your guests. It will be a great keep
: Plan a small yet significant party favor for your guests, even if it is
an adult party . Keep with the party theme. Top
Write the Thank you notes before the party, with stamps. Fill in the details
later. Send thank-you notes immediately after the party. Or Email
your thank you's. Create
the BEST last impression. Top