By: Natalie Jean
A few weeks ago, we hosted our first big dinner for small business owners and it was a blast! We enjoyed setting up, getting to know everyone there, and leaving with connections and new friendships. A few months prior, we hosted a Christmas party for the members of the Oakmoss Collective core team and then back in November we hosted a Friendsgiving dinner. All of these get togethers had one thing in common: an enjoyable time spent with loved ones and good food!
Today, with Easter coming up, we wanted to share a couple of useful tips that will help you host the perfect get together, too!
Plan. The first step to doing anything that involves getting people together and having a great time is planning. Will there be a theme? Will you decorate? Will you cater or cook yourself? Get the details set in place and then go from there!
Invite. Something that we learned through trial and error is that you need to make sure there is enough time from when you invite people to get together to the date you’re hosting it on. There needs to at least be 2-3 weeks notice so people can mark their calendars and reserve the date! If its a public event, be sure to send out a reminder or make a Facebook add or something similar so your guests remember, too.
Set Up. Make sure your venue or home is clean and prepared to host. Cleaning, cooking, decorating, setting the table or making up the drink cart, and getting any other last minute details together before the event is important, because then you won’t need to worry about it while you should be mingling and enjoying your get together!
Save the Clean Up. Wait until the event is over and all your guests have left before you begin clean up. Keep that in the “behind the scenes” so no one feels awkward or rushed to leave (unless of course it really is time to go!) Making a clean up plan can help too, so you’re not left with a huge mess. Disposable silverware and napkins, centerpieces that guests can take with them, renting linens or just immediately washing everything after the get together guarantees that there won’t be a week’s worth of work ahead of you.
Enjoy Yourself. Be sure to take some photos, mingle, and have a good time! Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the time with guests and friends as well. Plus, it’ll leave you excited to host your next get together! Have fun!