Be On Time
Whether youre hosting the gathering or heading to it, being punctual is key to a successful event. If youre throwing the party, have everything ready at least an hour prior to your guests arrival. Doing so will keep your stress level lowyou dont want to be scrambling to get the table set or the decorations up as your guests are walking through the door.
On the flip side, if youre invited to the party try to arrive on time (not before). Your hostess put a great deal of effort into the event, and showing up late not only is a big NO, but also potentially puts the festivities on hold for the rest of the attendees. If for some reason youre running latewe get it, things happenlet the host know with a phone call or a quick text, that way they arent waiting around wondering where you are.
Dont Forget to Gift
Dont show up empty-handed. Theres a good chance your host will tell you not to bring anything other than yourself, but offering is always in good taste. Its also a way to show your appreciation to the hostess, who probably spent a lot of time putting the shindig together. While food, flowers, and wine are always at the top of the list, why not bring your host a beauty or lifestyle gift they can enjoy for themselves during or after the party ends?
If youre hosting, party favors are a great way to let your guests know how happy you are they made the time to come to your event. If youre having a sit-down meal, its a nice touch to leave little presents on your guests place settings. If youre having a cocktail party, send them home with little gifts they can use after the party is over.
Be Thoughtful About the Menu
When creating the menu for your festive fte, keep in mind your guests dietary needs. If you know you have a group of people with varying food preferences, make sure to include vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options so that everyone can enjoy the party. Plus, itll save you any awkwardness later if you dont have treats that everyone attending can feast on.
Mix and Mingle
You know everyone on the list, but your guests might not. If you have guests who dont know each other, try seating them next to someone theyve never spoken to beforeyou never know, you may end up being responsible for a lifelong friendship. If youre an attendee, step outside of your comfort zone and use this as an opportunity to get to know other party-goers you dont know. Taking the time to chat with new people not only helps you (hey, youve made a new a friend), but also takes some stress off of the host if there are a few guests who may not know anyone else at the party.
Say Thank You!
Its easy to get wrapped up (literally!) in preparing for the party that you forget to say thank you to your guests for coming or to the host for throwing the get-together. Make yourself a reminder in your phone to send a thank you card, a text, or an email to let your host or guests know how much fun you had and how much you appreciate their time and all the effort they put into the event.