Throwing large parties or even small get togethers are always time consuming and must be thought out and planned exceptionally to make the occasion great. Although sometimes you think you have everything ready to go for your get together, sometimes you forget the most basic things. Here is a list of things that are sometimes overlooked when hosting guests at your home. Knowing you have all your bases covered makes for a more enjoyable party for you and your guests.
1. Always remember to stock up on toilet paper. Nothing is more embarrassing than running out in the middle of a party. Insuring you have an ample supply before your guests arrive can prevent an uncomfortable situation for you and your guests.
2. Be sure you have enough ice to last the entire length of the party. No one wants to have warm cocktail so stocking up in the ice cube department is always a great idea. Buy a bag of ice to avoid empty ice cube trays.
3. If you are grilling out, make sure the propane tank is full. I have been to a few outdoor parties where the host and hostess forgot to refill their propane tank on the grill. It was hard to watch as my friend’s husband had to make a propane run in the middle of a gathering.
4. Put pictures on your refrigerator away before the party to avoid an awkward situation. You know that sometimes you put some friends’ children on your refrigerator while not making room for others. The best way to avoid hurting someones feelings is to just clear the space completely. In doing this you make everyone feel special by not displaying or only displaying certain photographs.
5. Provide beverage napkins anywhere you are serving drinks. It can be very uncomfortable for a guest to hold his or her drink all night because they do not want to ruin your nice coffee table. You can avoid them feeling ridiculous for always having a drink in their hand, and can also prevent unsightly water marks on your nice wood.
8.Have non alcoholic drink options available. Nothing is worse than a guest who has to drink tap water out of your faucet all night because you forgot that they do not drink alcohol. Iced tea, soda, and even juices are sufficient for the non-drinkers at your gathering.
7. If you are having a dinner party, be sure that none of the dishes you are serving out of do not belong to you. It could be very embarrassing if you have been promising to give your friend her casserole dish back for awhile now and when she comes over your green bean casserole is in her dish.
8. If it is coat weather, be sure to have a safe spot for your guests outerwear. I remember going to a party where all of the coats were being placed on a spare bed. The coats were not the only thing on the bed though. The pure white cat was also sharing a bed with our coats. It took me weeks to get the white cat hair off of my black wool coat.
9. Put away all medications that are sitting out on your bathroom counter tops. Your guests do not need to know that you were having stomach issues earlier that day. To avoid them getting into your personal business, do not leave anything out that could prompt embarrassing questions.
10. Always have some cheap food containers to put leftover food in. If you are going to offer your guests leftovers from the party, you need to have something to put it in. Buy a few cheap containers that you do not care if you ever see again.
All of these are little things that I try to always think of before hosting guests at my house. It can make for a more relaxing and anxiety free party or gathering when you have things like this taken care of in advance.