I love any excuse to get out my serving trays & wine glasses. Whether it’s a dinner party, Labor Day BBQ, game night or ladies night in, getting friends & family together is always a blast! For me, the key to hosting a successful party is being prepared and organized. I start my planning process by answering the following questions…
- Where will I be entertaining i.e. kitchen, dining room, living room, outside deck/patio?
- What food can I serve that’s appropriate for where we’ll be gathering i.e. full meal, hors devours, chips & dip?
- What kind of beverages will go with the food I’m serving i.e. wine & cheese, beer & burgers?
Last night I had the opportunity to host a Ladies Night In! My girlfriend sells Thirty-One Gifts so it was a great reason to get everyone together. Before I got myself ready for the evening I set the stage by arranging the serving trays, making sure there was enough seating and lighting a yummy pumpkin spice candle. I have learned that it’s less stressful if I can prepare as much as possible before guests arrive. I hate when people are arriving & I’m still getting organized.
Once I was dressed & ready for the evening I poured myself a glass of red wine and put the white wine on ice. It’s important to have variety of beverages on hand. I suggest having a dry & a sweet wine as well as non-alcoholic options for those that don’t drink. Last night I offered my guests Cabernet (dry red), Chardonnay (dry white), Riesling & Prosecco (both sweeter whites) as well as soda and bottled water.
I invited my guests to arrive at 7 PM. By inviting them post-dinner I was able to prepare lighter fare and avoid preparing a big meal. I offered cheese & meat trays, fresh fruit, bread with dipping oils and blondie brownie bites. My go-to for hosting any get together is a big cheese tray! It’s so easy to prepare and I get the chance to use my favorite cheese board.
The most important thing to remember when you’re hosting a party is to have fun! As the hostess you set the tone for the party, so relax & enjoy yourself.
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