The Host

I have always loved to host parties and events.  Of course, I did more home parties before having children than I have done since they have been growing up.  But I have stayed actively involved in planning and organizing outside events pretty regularly, from our Company Bootcamps, training events, and parties to charitable and school-related events. 

I just recently worked on an event for the cast and crew of the Sanibel Schools performance of Disney's Aladdin Jr., my daughter was Jasmine in the play.  I volunteered to help organize and plan the after-party for the cast and crew.  My daughter also graduated 8th grade from the Sanibel School this week.  I volunteered to help organize an event and dance party for all the kids moving on to high school, their families, and some staff from the school.  

I do believe that some people are better at being a host than others, but that doesn't mean that you can't learn a thing or two to keep improving.  After all, gatherings from small to big are an excellent way for us to stay connected and celebrate life's special moments.  There are a few simple ways to ensure that your hospitality shines through and every guest has a good time.

  • Be organized - Make a list from the invites to the follow-up and everything in between.  You will never miss a detail if you do.
  • Set the mood - Have a clean space, table decor, candles, and pleasant background music. 
  • Stay relaxed - The more you prepare ahead of time, the more at ease you will be to enjoy your event.
  • Have plenty of food and drinks - You will never want anyone to go home hungry or thirsty, so keep the refreshments flowing.
  • Work the room - Make sure that everyone is having a good time and socializing with someone.  Never let anyone sit or stand by themselves for an extended amount of time.
  • Capture the moments - It is easy to let the time fly by so fast that you forget to take a picture or two to remember the get-together.  But, it is always fun to look back on.

The most important thing to remember is to ensure that everyone is having a good time, including yourself. After all, being a host and enjoying your simple or large gatherings can contribute significantly to living your best and most beautiful life.

 My affirmation for you this week is:

"I am learning new ways to be the best host for my simple or elaborate events and gatherings."

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