There is nothing that says I care about you more than hosting someone in your home. Whether it is another couple for dinner or a crowd for a cocktail party. A company
Many of us are worried about the space, the décor, the work involved in getting the job done. I have said many times do the things you love and hire someone to do the rest. If you like to decorate your home put your effort into doing that. IF it’s the cooking do that but make sure you are not dealing with it during the event.
Make sure there is plenty of light everywhere your guests will be.
I always have a lighting guy come and do the lighting. It really makes a big difference. I have the entry done, the side yard, the back yard and of course plenty of light on the food stations and for the bar.
Don’t over plan your seating unless you are planning to have a meal that everyone will eat together. Like Thanksgiving.
We want people to mix and mingle. High top tables are good. Plan no more then one third of your guest count for seating at any given time for a cocktail style event.
If your space is tight plan to have all the food hand passed. The caterer can work from the garage. Never from the kitchen that guest congregate in naturally. If you are hosting your event during a main meal time offer at least 8 to 10 hearty hors d oeuvres per guest. If space allows offer a grazing station for self-consumption. Like Charcuterie and cheeses. If space allows grazing stations are great way to have variety and hearty food. Yet allows people to mix and mingle
Have some coffee with the condiments and sweets out for self service.
Have a beverage premade and offered as guests arrive.
If they don’t care for your welcome beverage they can go to the bar.
Always have a professional serving drinks. The person that is bartending should not be a guest, friend or drinking anything at all.
Live entertainment is so much better then piped in music but nothing that has to be watched…more easy listening style. If you want to offer a special time of entertainment at some point plan it at leas halve way into the event. Such as a visit from Santa, the fire dancers, the ids chorus etc… DJs aren’t necessary unless there is something to coordinate like a wedding reception with a timeline and speeches.
Have disposable hand towels in the restroom. It’s not sanitary to have everyone using a cloth towel.Pump soap not a bar. Have extra toilet paper visible. And some spray or a candle.
Watch the candles they can melt all over without being watched.
As the host and Hostess of your event be available to greet your guests as they arrive and to say good bye.I like to send my guest home with a small gift. Something they can eat later or remember you buy. Make it eatable or usable.