Life@Home – December 2021
Our entertaining muscles have been out of practice with the pandemic, so this year may have reinvigorated your desire to host. Your family may be expecting some of the same traditions they missed, but it’s also an opportunity to try something new and mix-up routines. Some might become new traditions while others may be just a nice memory. Here are some suggestions that might get you thinking about your usual events a bit differently.
1. Have a Role for Your first Guest(s)
Being the first person to arrive at a party is always a little bit awkward. If possible, save a job for that person so that you’re all prepping for the rest of the guests while getting into the party spirit. Some suggestions include taking appetizers out of the fridge, putting wine charms on glasses, helping you dim the lights to create the right mood, and lighting candles.
2. Create a Signature Cocktail/Mocktail
A unique drink separates a regular event from a special one. It could be as simple as a glass of prosecco with some cranberries dropped in for decoration, or an elaborate cocktail. If your guests don’t drink or you are surrounded by teens, a mocktail is a nice change and it’s easy to make guests feel special. You don’t need to serve it the entire event, just enough to kick-off the party.
3. Mix Up Your Music Selection
Background music sets the tone for the party. Consider an online playlist where everyone can contribute songs. If you don’t want too much noise competing with conversation, try modern music played by classical musicians. For example, the “Bridgerton” Soundtrack from the hit Netflix series had many current hits played classically.
4. Simplify Your Menu
Don’t feel like you need to cook everything from scratch. Stick with a few things that you know are easy and turn out well and that you can prepare in advance. Then round out the food selections with some store-bought items.
5. Don’t Overcomplicate Things
If you try to hard your guests will notice, and no one will have fun. You’ll never want to do it again! Figure out what you find fun and stick with it. People will feed off that energy and have a great time. Plus, it’s been so long since we’ve all been out of the house that a simple event will seem over the top!
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