Although the holiday season has finished, there’s no doubt you'll still be hosting parties throughout the year. Whether it’s for birthdays and anniversaries, or even intimate dinner parties, the start of the year is the best time to prepare for the many occasions you might find yourself hosting.
In most cases, hosts operate on the mindset that even if it makes them miserable, the party's a success as long as the guests are having fun. WebMD mentioned that most hosts find it hard to enjoy themselves during their own parties due to the pressure of making sure that everything is perfect.
Even so, there is no reason to worry because here are three easy ways to ensure that everyone will have a blast at your party – including you.
Have a designated party space
A party is never a party without a venue where everyone can gather around and enjoy each other’s company. A designated space for your party will not only help you in setting clear boundaries for your guests; it also affords you privacy should you wish to take a little break and have some quiet time.
If you’re only entertaining about 8 people, then a conservatory is the perfect place to hold a small gathering. The collection of conservatories featured on Screwfix shows how the majority of contemporary models are made from uPVC.
This means they are not only great at retaining sound, if you are playing music, but also regulating temperature so your guests can stay comfortable during their stay.
If your conservatory is a bigger model at around 24ftx16ft then it is the perfect space for your party where everyone can gather around a table and play board games or drinking games.
The Spruce mentioned that the cost of decorating and entertaining often stops a party in its tracks. Fortunately, there are many ways you can decorate your party without breaking the bank.
For intimate parties, a simple decorative buffet may be the only decor you need, so try to showcase the food and present them artistically. Simple decorations such as balloons and streamers are also worth considering because not only are they cheap, they can also help in hyping the mood and creating an ambience.
Keeping your decor simple will also help you keep your parties eco-friendly and help you with the cleanup after the party.
I have hosted a good few party's in my time, and I always get told they are a hit! If your guests are just standing or sat around an area listen to music and chatting, yes that will be a good time, but not a remediable one.
Therefore, it is extremely important to consider entertainment and party games (For all age ranges).
You can opt for usual party games such as charades (Or download the Headup App on a phone!), beer pong, or spoons, and you can never go wrong with playing music that everyone can enjoy or hosting a movie marathon.
If you are feeling adventurous you could try a murder mystery party. Get everyone to dress up, follow the rules and after a few drinks of everyone wandering around playing 'real cluedo' you'll be talking about this for years to come!
Check out our post ‘5 Home Extension Ideas to Enhance Your Lifestyle’ to see how you can have a party-ready house packed with entertainment options.
While the pressure of hosting a party can be extremely stressful, remember that the true essence of any party is to be thankful for the friends, family and the life that you have.
So when the guests start coming in, focus more on talking and spending time with them and let go of any thoughts about how you could make the party perfect —because it already is!