Hosting a party need not be stressful if you have a plan to follow to prepare for the event. This must allow you a breather in-between and a chance to get dressed up for the event. After all, you don’t want to be too exhausted to participate and play the host/hostess. We provide a useful timeline for being party-ready without fuss.
The Week Before the Party
Get any major household tasks out the way in the days before the event. Clean the swimming pool, mow the lawn, and rake the garden. Attend to big cleaning activities, such as vacuuming. If you are using a caterer, get the menu and quantities finalized. For a self-catered menu, purchase everything except the perishables. Don’t forget the alcohol and mixers. Get the laundry done and packed away.
Make sure you have ample seating. You should position one vidaxl coffee table between every two armchairs. You can make use of kitchen and dining furniture sets too. Guests will also move to the garden if you have a patio. Borrow a few extra deck chairs or bar stools if you need more seating.
After a light breakfast, make sure your dishwasher is loaded with all items that need to be washed and switch it on. Take out the garbage. Once the dishwasher cycle is finished and the steam has cooled down, pack it all in its proper places. This way, you can find any items you need for the party.
Prepare all the bathrooms in your home, not only the ones that guests are expected to use. Ten-to-one, you will have a guest that urgently needs to use the facilities while the guest bathroom is occupied. These areas should be spotless. Pack away your floor mat to avoid dirt being trailed on it.
People are curious and will look through your bathroom cabinets. Clear all these items away and store your make-up, toothbrushes, and medicines in your bedroom. You can put some toothpicks and tissues in the cabinet for guests to use.
Clear a dance area.
Take a Break
By mid-morning, you should be done with the cleaning. Enjoy a refreshing swim or another form of relaxation until lunchtime. Get takeout to avoid dirtying any dishes. Now you can purchase the rest of the fresh foodstuffs you need. Remember the ice. With the cleaning tasks out the way, you can focus your energy on preparing the food and putting out enough plates, serviettes, glasses, and cutlery for your guests. Pack dirty utensils in the dishwasher. Once this is done, you can have a shower, get dressed, and do your hair and makeup.
The Final Hour
Empty your coat closet so that there is room to hang guests’ coats. Provide sturdy hangers, one for each guest.
Get the bathrooms ready. Set out paper hand towels for guests. Any hand towel used frequently is going to get damp and become unhygienic. Provide liquid hand soap and moisturizer.
Set the ambiance with candles and dimmer than normal lighting. Scented candles should be lit for half an hour, blown out, and relit ten minutes before guests arrive.
Choose a playlist from Spotify and start the music from your mobile. You can change the list when guests make special requests or as the mood changes and people want to dance. Check that the volume will not drown out conversation.
Sticking to a plan is the hassle-free way to entertain at home.