Hosting a small or large gathering is a fun way to bring together family and friends. The problem for me seems to be that there’ s always so much to do.
There are some shortcuts I just don’t take. For example, I tend to stay true to my food ingredients and stay clear of processed foods. So, I’m always looking for a few good hacks to simplify the other areas of my entertaining.
The good news is that there are easy tricks that could make the hard and daunting entertaining tasks so much bearable and manageable.
Six Hacks for Entertaining Small or Large Parties
So get ready for some partying and celebrating because I have some simple to follow entertaining hacks that are made for you hosts and hostesses who want to get this entertaining thing done hassle-free:
Hack #1 – Fresh Flowers are Simply the Best and Easiest Hacks
Whether it is a small or large gathering, flowers are undoubtedly big accessories that could bring out the best vibes in a room. Make sure that the flowers stay fresh on the table regardless where the location may be. Avoid wilted flowers by cutting the flower stems diagonally so they can absorb more water. Add two drops of bleach to the water to kill any bacteria. Though it’s best to buy the flowers the day of your soiree, the drops of bleach will keep your flowers super fresh! Refresh your water periodically.
Hack #2 – Play your Playlist
Get your music in gear. Music can fill the awkward silence in a room, especially if you’re entertaining a group of people that don’t know each other well. Music can make your guest feel more comfortable and at ease while drowning out those noises in the kitchen.
Hack #3 – Regulate the Light
Whether it is a small or large party, overhead lights can influence the ambiance and vibe in your soiree. Some overhead lights could be too bright for a calming mood. So, it may be better to go for a much dimmer light, setting it into a comfortable glow. Lamps or LED candles are great alternatives to add a warm glow to your evening.
Hack #4 – Get Preparing Ahead
Save yourself stress and worries especially by prepping your party food ahead of time. As a host, it is much easier if you prepare make appetizers and do your dicing and chopping ahead of time. Preparing appetizers and freezing them makes it easy to pop them in the oven before guests arrive.
Hack #5 – Party Favors Work Best
Even adult guests appreciate getting party favors. Who doesn’t like getting something cute they can take home as a reminder of their fun evening? A boxed cupcake, selection of nice teas or salted caramels, among many others. Scented candles or fancy soaps and mini succulents are also good choices.
Hack #6 – Repurpose Planters and Pots
Repurpose what you have. A wooden or galvanized bucket or even a storage bin with colorful design could make an interesting impact to your beverage station. Add a little ice, some drinks and you’ve got yourself one inexpensive, stylish way to keep your drinks cold.
So you see. Entertaining doesn’t have to be such a daunting task. With a few hacks, you can plan your next shindig and even enjoy it with your friends.
What’s your favorite hack? Tell me in the comments below.