How to Be a Good Host

How to Be a Good Host

Hosting a dinner party can be stressful, no matter what the occasion is. It can also be one of those make-or-break moments that everyone fears and you need to be sure you’re ready for it. As a host, you are not only putting on the show, but you also have to monitor your attendees and be sure everyone is enjoying themselves, all while prepping a meal. Without the right forethought, this can be terribly challenging and cause you to crash and burn.

The truth is, a dinner party can take days to prepare for, but that shouldn’t scare you away… As long as you follow these easy steps, you’ll be sure to impress your guests with your superhero hosting abilities.

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A few of the major things you should knock off your to-do list a day or two before your event are:

  • Clean your home- the whole thing- you never know where your guests will wonder off to.
  • Shop for the meal you plan to serve and prep what’s necessary. Be aware of guest allergies ahead of time and don’t forget dessert!
  • Restock your bar or liquor cabinet with your guests’ favorite drinks and have non-alcoholic options available.
  • Prepare a playlist of music you can have on in the background throughout the evening.
  • Arrange for childcare, if necessary.
  • Set the table- it’s the last thing you’ll want to be doing when your guests start to arrive and a beautiful place setting can make a great first impression for the evening.


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Of course, your most important task is to make your guests feel comfortable from the moment they arrive to when they head out at the end of the evening. Making sure your guests are having a good time isn’t the hardest thing you’ll ever do, but it does mean that you have to divide your attention between meal prep and your guests. To ensure your quest to impress goes smoothly, follow these easy steps:

  • Meet your guests at the door, take their jackets, and offer them a drink right away.
  • Introduce new arrivals to other guests, and help to start a conversation.
  • Be sure the lighting is ideal and the temperature of the room is comfortable. If your party is outside, have blankets or a heater available.
  • Be sure you’re not spending all your time in the kitchen (unless you have an open concept kitchen/living room layout, then you’re all set!). Your guests are there to see you, so be sure to include yourself in the chatter leading up to the meal.

Most of all, remember to have fun. Dinner parties are about socializing, enjoying delicious food, having a drink or two, and eating too much dessert. Don’t spend your whole night worrying about what could go wrong; it’s a dinner party, not your child’s first trip to the moon. Instead, plan ahead, prepare, and go with the flow.