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."