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How to Enjoy Your Own Party as the Host

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It’s hard to enjoy your own party when there’s so much to do and plan. Although I have hosted very few large parties at my own house, I have witnessed my Grandmother throw them my whole life. My Grandparents’ house was always the location for family parties. Since they raised me, I was around for the the entire process. I don’t think I could ever replicate my Grandmother’s mad skills when it comes to keeping it together while planning. I am way too much of a nutball for that. However, I think the following tips are a place to start.

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How to Enjoy Your Own Party as the Host

  • Ask For Help:  Don’t be afraid to ask family or friends for help. Hosting a party is a huge job. If everyone brings something, or has a task during the party, it can really help out.
  • Plan Ahead:  Obviously, a lot of planning goes into this. But, the more you can take care of ahead of time, the better. Make desserts, certain appetizers, or even some side dishes the day before. The less you have to do the day-of, the better.

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  • Stock Bathrooms:  Make sure your bathroom(s) are stocked with plenty of rolls of toilet paper. Arranging them nicely and out in the open is key. That way guests can just grab them as needed and you won’t be running around restocking during the gathering. Use Cottonelle Triple Roll so that the rolls last longer. I made sure to stock up at Target so we are set for the whole season.

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cottonelleHaving flushable cleansing cloths on hand is a good option, too.

  • Keep it Simple:  I know it can be tempting to wow your guests with some extravagant spread that knocks their socks off, but know your limits. Of course, some people can do this with ease (that’s why Pinterest exists), but personally… I am better off keeping it simple. I have always regretted taking on anything too complicated.
  • Premade Food:  There’s no shame in serving premade food. Especially when it comes to appetizers or desserts. If you are planning a big main course, take the pressure off with some easy, ready-to-eat fillers.
  • Use Disposable:  Yeah, yeah, this is not the greenest option, but who the heck wants to spend the whole party washing dishes? Use disposable dinnerware and cups.
  • Focus on Company:  Keep in mind what is important – your guests. No one will care if you burned the rolls, or forgot to fold the napkins into swans. Try to take some time to relax and truly enjoy the company of your guests. You know, like, your Grandma giving her bird a bath on her shoulder.

Bird Bath

Do you have any tips on how to enjoy your own party?

Mistee Dawn

Tuesday 10th of December 2013

I don't know if I have any tips. I always try to make things ahead of time or the night before. That usually saves me a lot of time the day of the party.


Monday 9th of December 2013

Great tips and I laughed out loud at the bird on your Grandma's shoulder! I worked with a lady that use to wear her bird on her shoulder everywhere!


Monday 9th of December 2013

hire help. not much else to say. LOL

Liza @ Views From the 'Ville

Monday 9th of December 2013

I appreciate the tips! I love to be the hostess, but sometimes it's easy to get caught up in trying to make sure your guests have the perfect time and then you miss out on the party.

Melissa Au

Monday 9th of December 2013

Great tips. I actually really enjoy hosting my own party.

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