When you enjoy entertaining, you want to make sure everything is perfect. You may stress about the details, but if you are organized and prepare ahead of time, your party will be perfect, and your guests will enjoy every minute.
From scoping out the best champagne deals to decorating your home, entertaining can be a nerve-racking task or pure joy. Everything hinges on organization and planning. From a formal get-together to an impromptu snack party, everything can be measured out ahead of time so that you can enjoy the party as well as your guests.
Here are 4 ways you can expertly prepare for your next event.
1. Keep it Simple
Even if you are hosting a black-tie event, keeping things as simple as possible will help reduce your stress and allow your friends to enjoy themselves. If they see that you are stressed about something, they will pick up on that and not enjoy the party. The more you can relax, the better for everyone.
Research simple but elegant affairs and find out what you can add to the menu to give the illusion you were cooking all day. There is no need to hire a professional chef or a party planner to ensure everything runs smoothly. You can do this if you start early enough.
2. Use a Timer
When you are cooking, you almost always use a timer to ensure everything comes out just right. If you use the same method when you are decorating or doing other preparations, the time will not get away from you.
Running out of time is possibly the biggest mistake people come across when getting ready for an event they are hosting. You can avoid this by limiting the time you spend on some of the different processes. Beginning early is another way to avoid the clock from timing out.
3. Have a Backup Plan
Things happen, usually on the day of your event. If you have a backup plan, you will never be under pressure to find a last-minute replacement. This goes for both the food and the décor.
If you are purchasing items to add pizzazz to your party, make sure they are working correctly. Open the packages and assemble all the pieces well in advance to make sure all the pieces are present and the items look natural.
Scan Pinterest to find decorating tips on a budget. There is no need to spend a lot of money on paper items you are only going to use for one evening.
4. Stick to the Familiar
The day before or the day of your event is not the time to try out a new recipe. If there is something you want to try and prepare for your party, do so several weeks ahead of time to get in plenty of practice. If you are good at preparing one or more types of foods, stick to those. You will be more relaxed when it comes time to serve your guests.
Above all, when planning an event, have fun. Parties are meant for fun, and that means for everyone, including the party planner, you as the host.