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If You Don’t Think You’re A Natural “Hostess With The Mostest,” Here Are Some Tips For Being A Better Host During Your Next Gathering

Keep easy drinks and snacks on hand

Some people think that to be a good host, you must have delicious homemade snacks and beverages at all times, just in case someone stops by. That is not the case. 

Instead, you can stop by the grocery store whenever you know you’ll have a few people over to hang out. Grab some of your and your friends’ favorite snacks and drinks that are easy to prepare. Even if you don’t end up eating them all, you’ll have leftovers for the next time they pop by. 

If you’re hosting a larger gathering, remember you don’t have to do everything yourself. There are delicious prepared foods and drinks in so many stores to choose from, or you can support your local catering company.

Mentally prepare for little incidents

I’ve seen many stressed-out hosts nearly have a mental breakdown when an incident happens, like a spilled drink or weather mishap, because they worried it would ruin their gathering.

If you’re hosting, I know you’re stressed, but you have to prepare for these things and remember they’re not the end of the world. Accidents and mishaps happen, but you can handle them if you remain calm, cool, and collected. Keep your cleaning supplies stocked, have alternative entertaining locations at the ready, and take your event moment by moment.

Ask for help

While it may seem like it sometimes, no good host works alone. Don’t be afraid to ask people for help. If you’re throwing a party, see if a few friends can bring supplies. If you’re having a simple wine night with the girls, see if they can provide some of the wine. Need help cleaning your house? Reach out to a loved one in advance and see if they can lend you a hand. 

Hosting any event, especially one with more than 10 people, is very difficult to do on your own. Don’t put yourself in that position and ask for help! No one will give you grief for it, as a happy host makes for a happy party.

If you are about to host an event, big or small, I wish you the best of luck. Stay calm, and don’t spend all your time worrying about everyone to the point where you don’t get to have fun!

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