Sunday, November 16, 2008

Holding A Party Successfully

by Ayesha Parveen 14 Nov 2008
Category: Lifestyle.
This story has been read 313 times.
The host often feels nervous about the party he is about to hold and wonders about its potential for success. Holding a party being a social event, the host needs to put in some genuine effort in making it successful. The following tips might be useful:

Be bold with your guest list and invite people from different backgrounds. When guests have to work a bit harder in communicating, rather than just talk-shop, they tend to learn much more about each other.

Send out invitations two to three weeks in advance and make sure you include RSVP details. It is better to give your postal and e-mail addresses along with your phone and fax numbers. If the venue is hard to find, include a map and, if appropriate, also put in a note about the party stating the dress-code etc. Whatever the size of the party, remember to put the start and finish time on the invitation.

Make sure you answer the door and always greet your guests personally. Introduce people individually or to other groups with helpful prompts like: “Sunil, meet Rajan. His children go to the same school as yours.”

Once the party is in full swing, you can expect to be on the go continuously. You may politely request some friends to help you look after the drinks. Many shy people often find parties easier if they have a role to play and keep themselves busy.

Encourage guests to circulate, but if you take someone away from one group, replace him with another guest so that no one feels abandoned. Then move on yourself.

To make the most of your friends, work out a seating plan for your lunch or dinner party; however, be prepared to change it if necessary. If anyone brings a gift, try to UNWRAP IT there and then, unless this is likely to cause offence. Show appreciation for the gift brought.

A relaxed host is an absolute must. Don’t start panicking if things go wrong; think logically and you will come up with solutions. Often, a few phone calls are all you need to fix the problem. Whatever you do, try not to get stuck in the kitchen: the cooking should not distract you from your friends once they are there.

Keep in mind if there is a guest with special needs. Try to be personally there to offer assistance and do it politely.

It is a friendly gesture, when confirming your invitation, to check whether there is something a guest cannot eat. Also, remember to accommodate guests who are on a diet; don’t insist on them having seconds and it is a good idea to make sure there is fresh fruit on the table.

As you guests leave, thank each one for having come to your party.


Ayesha Parveen said...

MSN Readers' comments:

Shantappa Jewur - Natal on 11/14/2008 7:34:59 PM
Useful hints for successful party. Thanks.

Hamid Jan - Srinagar on 11/14/2008 9:12:24 PM
I liked the idea of hosting a party which is a sosial event and important part of life. I wish you all the success you deserve in your life and all the best.

sharmishtha - kolkata on 11/14/2008 11:09:53 PM
a really good post. pretty useful for those who frequently hold parties but are not much aware about courtsies.

Ayesha Parveen said...

MSN Readers' comments:

Swetha Amit - Mumbai on 11/15/2008 8:21:46 AM
A nice one which will prove to be useful for many.

Bobby Sakariah - Jeddah on 11/15/2008 1:06:21 PM
Really informative.

sk jaiswal - new delhi on 11/14/2008 6:41:09 PM
hey Bossss, awesome one...