Throwing parties is a fun idea but can be a lot of stress if you don’t have a routine down. Timing the food to be ready at the right moment, balancing the right of amount of time for socializing and eating, what to serve, and who to invite, the list goes on. If it’s your party, no doubt you’ll be running around all night making sure everyone’s happy and enjoying themselves. Even though you’ll have a wonderful time, you probably won’t be able to relax until everyone’s out the door late in the evening. Getting your house ready before anyone arrives really sets the mood for a great party. How things look and feel when guests arrive will bring them out of their shells and into party mode. So much can be done to a home’s décor to make things festive. Here are seven tips on how to make your home set to party.
Organize the Entryway
The first thing you should focus on is your foyer or entryway. If you’re having several guests over, doorways can quickly turn into a mess of shoes and coats. Think about getting a stylish shoe rack to place to one side if people want to ditch their shoes. Set up a coat system in a bedroom so people don’t feel like they have to hold on to jackets or shove them onto an already full coatrack. A great tip for entryways is to set up a drink station nearby for guests as they come in. It’s easily done with a platter on a buffet table. Put a colorful runner under the platter to add some flair. Handing them a premade cocktail will set guests at ease and the drinks are a great conversation starter.
Depending on the occasion, a party might be the perfect time to get festive. We all remember a great Halloween or Thanksgiving party where the host went all out on the décor. It may seem a little hokey, but it’s so disarming that people always end up having a fantastic time. You don’t have to settle for big box store cutout decorations either. There are so many easy, elegant DIY centerpieces you can make before a party that will be the talk of the night. For Halloween, think about drying out some roses and mixing them in a bouquet with some skulls and spiders. If it’s Christmas, make some homemade wreaths with poinsettia leaves to place on coffee tables and other spots around the house.
Nature—More is Better
Bringing plants inside for a party is a great way to spruce things up. Plants are thought to have vitalizing properties. They’ll give your party a boost. Mix in some flowers here and there to make things feel more luxurious. Even if you have to buy some to decorate your house with just for the party, you won’t regret it. Homes with more natural green are more inviting and relaxing.
Wow with Your Dinner Table
The dinner table is going to be where the magic happens. It’s where your guests will likely spend the most time and you need it to be conducive to great conversation. People walk a fine line with table settings at parties. Too casual looks like you didn’t put in effort, and too fancy can be stifling because it will make people feel too formal. A great way to strike middle ground is to mix and match higher-end settings. There’s no rule that says all the plates and napkins have to be the same color. Mismatched glasses are also a unique stylish look. Anything you can do to your dinner table to personalize it for your guests will make a huge impression. Name cards or a small memento for the night can’t go wrong. At the very least, have assigned seating. Spend some time before the party thinking about who should sit next to whom and 5tell your guests why as you direct them to their seats. They’ll be moved you thought of them specifically in your pre-party planning.
A lot of times, people walk into a party and don’t know what to do. They’ll sit on a couch or stand in a hallway engaging in small talk with other people. It can take a while for things to warm up. Help your guests overcome the initial awkwardness of a party by moving furniture around to make gathering points around your home. The stations can be small activities or stocked with hors d’oeuvres. They’ll give people a reason to gather and some ammunition for conversation starter. Make sure each station is decorated with something that’s on-theme for the night.
Get Creative with Lighting
Changing your lighting scheme can completely transform your house. Lights these days aren’t what they used to be. LED lights come with options that let you dim them, change through a rainbow of colors and control them all from your phone. You can start with the lights higher and dim them as the evening progresses. Change the light color in different rooms so people can flock to something more their style. It can be hard to feel like partying in what feel’s like a normal visit to your friend’s house. Switch up the lights and people will feel like they’re in a totally different place.
Make Sure Bathrooms Are On Point
Bathrooms leave a lasting impression. Don’t be that host that cringes inside when a guest asks to use a restroom. Buy a new trash can and make sure that Kleenex box is covered. Get some high-end soap and leave a pile of fresh towels for people to use. Having one-time use towels for guests and a disposal bin to put them in makes guests feel fancy at a party. Keep your bathroom fresh to keep the party going.
Congratulations on having the courage to throw a party. It can be daunting. Even the most experienced hosts and hostesses still go through a lot of stress to make sure everything’s right and their guests feel comfortable. Still, what you do to get ready can make your party the one people keep talking about the same time every year. Making small changes to your home can make it party-ready and get everyone feeling good when they walk in the door. These seven tips are a great place to start to get your home décor in party-shape.