10 Tips On How To Be The Hostess With The Mostess
It’s not often that we have get together in our own home anymore, but when we do, I always feel the need to have everyone feel welcome. I want our friends to want to come back and spend time in our home. Our home is their home too. So I’ve come up with some of my best tips for hosting dinners and parties in your home.
Clean the house before company arrives
Clean homes are a lot more welcoming and inviting than homes that are messy. Make sure the bathrooms are clean and stocked with toilet paper, hand towels, soap, etc. so that your guests have everything they need while they’re in your home. I also tend to have a candle lit in the kitchen after I clean to make our home smell prettier.
Have enough food and drinks for everyone
If you’re having a lot of people over, then don’t be afraid to get everyone involved and have them bring appetizers and their own drinks. We always have a BYOB rule when we all get together at each other’s homes. Same with foods when we’re together for holidays. It makes life a lot less stressful for the hostess.
Try to accommodate everyone
If you’re cooking dinner for a group of people and one of them happens to be a vegetarian or allergic to something you’re cooking, then make sure you have a second option for them. I know it can be a bit annoying and time consuming to have to cook multiple meals, but you want everyone to feel at home and have a good time.
Introduce yourself to new people
I want everyone to feel welcome in my home, whether I like them or not. I always take the time to smile and introduce myself to new faces. I always feel more welcome in other people’s homes when the homeowners take the time to introduce themselves.
Give a quick home tour
It’s good to make sure your guests know where the bathroom is and where to find anything they might need while they’re in your home.
Be clear about the house rules
If you have a shoes off rule in your home or a no smoking rule, then let you guests know ahead of time. Point out where shoes go as they walk in the door or point out where they can smoke if needed. This is a polite way to get your point across without seeming too overbearing or strict.
Offer guests a drink or snack
Once your guests have been welcomed into your home, it’s polite to offer them a drink or something to eat. The men that come into my home always go straight to the fridge and make themselves at home, but women are very different. I know when I’m in the home of someone I barely know, I like to be offered a drink rather than helping myself. It lets me know that I’m welcome in their home.
Don’t spend all your time in the kitchen or trying to be the perfect hostess. Once everyone has settled down, take the time to sit down, relax, and mingle with your guests. You can also use this time to get to know anyone new in the group and introduce them to others.
Thank your guests for coming
Take the time to help your guests find their belongings and say goodbye to each of them as they leave your home. Don’t forget to thank them for coming (and if they brought food with them, then make sure you thank them for helping out!).
Thank your guests…again
This one is completely optional. I tend to send a follow up text or Facebook message later that night or the following morning, thanking our guests for coming and telling them it was a pleasure having them. Sometimes I take this time to make future plans with them as well.
Evelyn grew up in a quiet town of Shaftesbury, hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors with her family. She has been an avid rifle hunter, chasing whitetail for more than 12 years and has harvested many deer through the years. Turkey hunting, grouse hunting, fishing, and camping are just some of the other outdoor activities she enjoys.