Wednesday, October 16, 2013

How to Become the Hostess You Never Knew You Were

For many people, entertaining family and friends is a passion. Even if you're not used to hosting parties, you may still develop a passion for it once you experience it for the first time. To help make things go smoothly for your next social gathering, here are 5 tips on how to become the hostess you never knew you were:

1. Have kitchen appliances ready to help make food preparation easy.

To help make food preparation a breeze, there are a wide variety of appliances available to work with. Just some appliances you may want to look into buying include food processors, hand blenders and mixers, stand mixers, and coffee makers and grinders.

To ensure that everything goes according to plan, it's also helpful to have all of the parts handy as well. For example, having all of the kitchenaid blender parts, such as blades, jars, and covers, handy will prevent you from having to scramble if something should break or go missing.

2. Have enough kitchenware for each guest.

If you are planning to entertain a large group of people, it's crucial that you have enough kitchenware so that everyone can eat without problems. If your group is particularly large, you may want to use disposable plates, bowels, napkins, and utensils. However, depending on the occasion, using disposable items may actually offend people. It's also important to remember that buying a lot of disposable items can become a bit costly.

3. Check for food allergies.

When serving other people in your home, be sure to ask about any food allergies. By knowing about allergies beforehand, you can ensure that your food is safe to consume. You may also want to ask for food preferences and if anyone is vegetarian or vegan.

4. Have plenty of snacks.

Before and after the main meal, it's polite to have snacks readily available for your guests. However, you may want to only provide light snacks before a meal to ensure that people don't become full. If people are too full on your snacks, it's very possible that you will have a lot of food left over from the meal.
When preparing snacks, make sure to have plenty to choose from. While you may want to stick with more traditional snacks, such as chips or cheese and crackers, you can try other foods as well. However, just make sure to have enough snacks available that everyone can get a bite to eat.

5. Have plenty of drink options.

As the hostess, it's crucial that you provide a variety of drinks for your guests. While alcoholic drinks are favorable, non-alcoholic beverages should also be available. It's also very important that you stop serving alcohol at a certain point to let the effects wear off before people drive home. If you think anyone is unfit to drive home, you should never hesitate to take their car keys.

With these 5 tips, your next dinner party can be a hit with friends and family.

Andrew King is a party planner. He frequently writes about his best tips for throwing a great party on homeowner blogs.

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