It seems like every life event both big and small requires a party in today’s culture. Whether you’re hosting a baby shower, bridal tea, housewarming party, birthday party, or even a book club meeting, follow these tried and true etiquette rules to ensure guests will want to return to your next event.
1. Clean the venue.
Whether you’re hosting at home or a central location, a clean venue is an important start.
2. Decorate to match the theme.
Make sure you have decorations, plates, pillows, et cetera in the correct colors. When in doubt, go with simple and elegant.
3. Greet guests at the door.
Entering any event can be intimidating. Make sure you make your guests feel welcome by greeting them at the door.
4. Meet anyone you do not know.
There’s nothing more awkward than entering the home of a stranger and being ignored. Make sure you get to know any attendees that you may not know yet.
5. Wear an outfit that matches the decor.
This allows for guests to easily spot the hostess. Bonus points for the how adorable you’ll appear in pictures.
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6. Know food allergies of guests.
Make sure you stray away from any allergens that will cause any guests to have to skip out on food or even leave the party.
7. Offer an array of beverages.
Make sure you have a beverage option for guests who may not like typical party drinks, such as punch.
8. Maintain a laid back attitude.
Your attitude will affect the entire party. Try to remain calm in the chaos.
9. Write thank you letters.
Hand written letters never go out of style.