by TORI MORRISON

If you have been chosen to host this year’s New Year’s Eve cocktail party or special Valentine’s Day celebration, you’ve been given one of the best gifts of the season – the chance to share this special time of the year with your loved ones and transform it into an unforgettable occasion. In today’s fast-paced society, it can be difficult to sit down and start planning for these special events, but it’s also a time to embrace that challenge and transform a party into the event of the year. Don’t fret, we are here to help you slip into those hostess with the mostess shoes with the ease and grace of a seasoned professional. Here are some tips, tricks, and ideas that guarantee your guests will have a good time this season.

Preparations

  1. Fancy touches
    Crystal dishes make a great impression, even if they are filled with appetizers you took straight out of the bag.
    Play with the decorations. Accents, including paper star ornaments, wall confetti, festive drink stirrers, streamers, and garlands greatly add to a New Year’s party.
    For Valentine’s Day, try using baked goodies, cards, candles, or candy as center pieces or center piece accents.
  2. Perfect that playlist
    It adds to the ambiance, contributes to conversation, and makes everyone feel more comfortable.
  3. Love those lists
    Keep a to-do list on hand or stick Post-it notes around the house to remind you of tasks you need to complete before guests arrive.
  4. Food selection
    Some of your friends will have special dietary needs, others are just really picky. With food it’s best to stick with simple and delicious. It’s also important to remember your vegan friends and ensure you have fare they will enjoy too.
  5. Don’t dirty the dishwasher
    Unload that helpful machine to prepare for the dirty dishes ahead.

hometips02

Party Time

  1. Choose the mood
    Always remember that the mood or vibe you give off is what sets the tone of the party.
  2. Introduce other guests
    You’ve brought everyone you love to celebrate this special occasion so make sure they get to know one another.
  3. Embrace conversation
    Encourage others to embrace it too and make sure your topics are inclusive.
  4. Snap away
    Take photos of the event… heck, take a video! You can use them to review what ended up being successful and what could be improved upon. This will stop you from repeating dishes, and let you know which friends get along well.
  5. Be gracious
    Thank your guests for coming by handing out party favors. Not only will this make them feel special, it’s also a great way to end the evening on a positive note.