Consider the combination of guests.
If you invite a friend who has nothing in common with your other invitees and may become uncomfortable, think about who in that circle has the personality to reach out to others and make them feel included.
Ensure invitations give relevant information
Besides time, date and location, remember to communicate the type of event and what you expect from them. Whether it is to ‘bring a bottle’, their own steak cuts for the barbeque or wear a big bad wolf costume… ensure they understand the event.
What’s the game plan?
It’s not a business meeting but you should know the objective of your shindig and have a plan for the ‘event flow’. The last thing you want is guests texting everyone in their contacts trying to kill time. Engage at every phase… start with a suitable icebreaker and take it from there.
Know your guests?
Lactose intolerant? Soy milk then. Shellfish allergies – no crab puffs. Gluten free fad – add gluten free tacos to complement the pretty little ribbon sandwiches and marble cake. You get the picture. Today almost everyone is on some sort of restrictive diet. Plan your menu to suit.
Superhost, to the rescue!
Guests will always have needs you didn’t anticipate; someone prefers to have a cup of tea instead of the cold drinks you’ve already prepared, someone needs to lie down, someone spills a drink. Though the party is for you to enjoy, your priority is to make everyone as comfortable as possible.
Note, the party is for you too
So many hosts get stressed during the event. Remember, if you look overwhelmed, the guests will feel guilty and offer to help poor you out of sympathy – not good. Plan well in advance so that you can relax and enjoy as you serve and mingle with your friends.
Plan your crew
The bigger and more formal the event the better it is to have more hands on deck to provide assistance, but this should be decided from the beginning and not at crunch time.
Everyone loves presents.
Little kids, big kids… everyone loves a treat. So surprise your guests with a little token of appreciation as they leave the event.
Most of all, have FUN!!