The Art of Hosting
The ultimate how-to guide on being the host with the most
There’s no part of the school curriculum that covers how to be an exceptional host, but being able to master hosting duties is a vital part of life as far as we’re concerned (not to mention you’ll earn a reputation for being the favourite relative or friend). Luckily, we’ve put together the ultimate guide of dos and don’ts to help you become the host with the most, whether you’re planning a formal dinner or a wild New Year’s Eve party.
Don’t invite last-minute
While last-minute proposals can be fun (and an exercise in spontaneity), you’ll find most people want to plan ahead, guests and hosts. Plus, by creating enough time to plan and prepare, you’re setting yourself up for success.
Do craft the perfect invitation
Don’t use single-use
Single-use napkins have their place (kids’ birthday parties, picnics and seasonal festivities), but they don’t carry the same polish as their cloth counterparts. They’re also a more costly option and aren’t great for your carbon footprint.
Do pay attention to the napkins
Don’t limit attention to the table
Sure, if you’re hosting a dinner party the table is the main focal point, but don’t neglect other areas of your entertaining space. Creating zones for guests to sit, chat, chill or sip on cocktails is a great way to divide up your rooms and promote mingling.
Do invest in great bathroom decor
Don’t stress in the kitchen
An absent host is not a host with the most. Guests don’t want to hear and see you flapping in the kitchen, so make sure to give yourself adequate time to prepare, and even enlist some help if you need it. Know the importance of knowing when to cheat by buying pre-made elements such as canapés or desserts if you’re stretched for time.
Do connect with your guests
Don’t use white lighting
Overhead lighting is a big no-no when it comes to creating a welcoming atmosphere, similarly white lighting is rarely flattering on your space or guests. Instead, opt for candles and colour-changing bulbs to add warmth.
Do set the mood with lighting
Don’t complicate things with a fancy new recipe
A hosting event isn’t the time to try out new complicated recipes that you’re unfamiliar with, it’ll lead to unnecessary stress and could potentially fall flat. Stick with food and drinks you’re familiar with making and that are guaranteed crowd-pleasers; you’ll thank yourself later.