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How to Have a Party

by ticketprinting on May 1, 2010

I hosted a dinner party last night, and while I only had a dozen guests, I believe the principals of entertaining are the same for large groups as they are for small ones. Organisation is merely a matter of forethought. Consider your needs beforehand and your event will be a success.

You can’t do it all.

I knew I couldn’t possibly clean the house and cook dinner at the same time, so I had my boyfriend do the mopping and scrubbing while I was in the kitchen. Don’t be afraid to delegate some tasks so you can focus on your strengths.

Make a list.

Some can do this in their heads, others must write it down. Either way, stay organised by knowing what you must do and what items or conditions you need to do them. Keep checking things off, keep checking your list. Then you won’t forget anything.

Rest later.

You’ve got a schedule, now stick to it! Of course, you ought to schedule in breaks, extra time to clean up disasters and catastrophes, and a quarter of an hour for a shower. However, you need to plow through and take care of all the prep work before you take a break.

The last minute isn’t too late.

Originally I had planned to serve wine and beer, but at the last moment, I realised there wouldn’t be any beer, and I only had enough wineglasses for half my guests. A quick call to a friend who deals in wine glasses solved the problem in the nick of time!

Seriously, you can’t do it all.

I cooked dinner for twelve. I did not do the washing up! My party was just as fabulous with dirty dishes in the sink as it would have been with a spotless kitchen. Consider what is important and don’t worry about the rest.

Make a success of events large and small!

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