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Hosting a Party: Me? Having People Over?

I’m not going to lie, I’m hardly the most social person. I love people, but I’m incredibly introverted and very anxious and going to a party or gathering where there are a lot of strangers just isn’t my favorite thing. That being said, I decided that one of my resolutions for this year is to be more social, host more events, and reconnect with all the friends I haven’t been able to spend time with for whatever reason.

I love people, but I'm incredibly introverted and very anxious and going to a party or gathering where there are a lot of strangers just isn't my favorite thing. Click To Tweet

But how do you host a good party? What makes a gathering a success? What is really important when it comes to inviting others over? I have no idea. Here are my current thoughts.

Make Your Guests Feel Comfortable and Welcomed

Know who you guests are. Do they have any allergies to animals, food, or scents you may have in your home? Even the greatest hostess can’t overcome a serious pet allergy with super tasty appetizers.

Consider the Menu for your Guests

Allergies aside, if you serve a seafood buffet to someone who you know hates fish, you’re hardly being accommodating. This isn’t to say you have to cook individual meals to each guest, tailored to their individual tastes. But making sure that the menu is okay with everyone, or offering a potluck-style party is a good option for everyone, not just picky eaters.

Make Sure your Living Area is Clean and Inviting

If someone can’t tell if the food stain on your sofa is fresh or not, they’re probably not going to want to sit on it. There’s no need for hiring a professional cleaner for this circumstance, just pick up anything that might block walkways, sitting areas, or generally looks uninviting. It’s easy to think, this person is my friend, they won’t care. But while they’re your friend, they will appreciate the effort you put into preparing for them.

If someone can't tell if the food stain on your sofa is fresh or not, they're probably not going to want to sit on it. Click To Tweet

Plan Activities Everyone Will Enjoy

This is always fun, because different groups of people have different interests and so you can always do different things at each party. While sometimes doing the same thing at every gathering becomes a staple of your house and something your guests associate with you, it can get stale if you continue to pull out the same Monopoly board and tell everyone to grab their character. Ask  your guests what they’re feeling like, offer options, and be flexible.

I'm completely joking about Monopoly. Only terrible people willingly play Monopoly at parties. That's just science. Click To Tweet

Tone it Down

This is just for me. You probably can plan an appropriate amount of entertainment for 2-3 hours without a problem. But if you can’t, trust me on this, trying to cram 8 hours of fun into that same space is not enjoyable or even advisable.

Don’t Lose Sight of Your Goal: Fun

Sometimes trying to get people together stresses me out. And there are plenty of things to be stressed out about (see above!). But the goal of the gathering is fun. You might need to reevaluate your approach or your plans if you get so stressed out over a small party (re: not a wedding) that you don’t want to do it anymore.

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