Party Prep 101

Whether it’s hosting a small dinner party, sport event viewing, monthly game of bunko or major party event it comes down to PREPARATION.

VIDEO - HOW I PREPARE WHEN HOSTING A BUNKO OF 12 WOMEN ON A WEEKNIGHT

My active lifestyle is action packed with a full time job, full time side hustle and running a household. In my spare time I try to spend time with friends and family so often that comes in form of hosting various events. Have you been in situations where you threw a party or get-together and all you did was scramble the whole time, leaving little time to enjoy your food, friends and whatever other festivities. If you are good at just throwing something and not stressing… you are better than me and I am JEALOUS. For me to enjoy myself it is about details and vibe I am trying to create. I will be totally honest and say, YES I am particular about things , but that’s because it’s what I enjoy. And isn’t having fun, part of the reason we host?

Here are MY TIPS to pulling off a successful event with less stress if you are pressed for time or detail oriented.

  • Pick a theme. I often choose a color if there is no direct theme like BBQ, football, basketball…Wear black, spring time dresses, spouse matching, disco, sparkle, dress to impress, favorite throwback…

  • Plan your menu so shopping is simpler

  • Start a day or two before with staging

  • Stage all serving dishes you plan to use for food display

  • Create stations if you are doing a buffet style evening (dessert/coffee, plates/utensils, main course, side dishes, beverages…)

  • Set aside dishes and glasses you will use so day off you are not washing last minute. If you are going plastic or paper, buy something with a theme or style

  • Put out your decorations and atmosphere builders (candles, flowers, table center pieces)

  • Clean your house, tidy up (bathrooms for sure always).

    For this one I totally have to add why I say that. My grandmother used to say that you can tell how clean people are by their bathroom, in particular their baseboards. If there is dust on their baseboards they don’t clean that often… LOL but I totally do it

  • Day of party deal with cooking, plating and final touches

  • Put yourself together an hour before guests arrive and then resume with work. If anyone arrives early you will be ready to receive them and continue on

  • Wear something cute and appropriate for theme of your party. I always dress up and take advantage of an occasion to put together an outfit

  • Remove clutter, dishes, dish racks, etc. from view. Clean and mess free goes a long way

TIPS FOR THINGS TO THINK ABOUT THAT STAND OUT

Something you may not consider, aside from bathroom baseboards is stemware and silverware. Take a few minutes and make your glassware shine (checkout my post on how to get your glasses restaurant shiny) and it will be noticed. Light candles to set the mood and provide pleasant aroma, but try to stick to simple scents and keep away from food. When you serve food, smell of scented candles can be off-putting to some. Turn on lights around your house and make it welcoming and homy in whatever way you like. For me it is candles, lights, fireplace and music.

BUNKO PARTY PREP - DAY BEFORE

BUNKO GIFT PREP & STAGING DAY BEFORE

DAY OF PARTY

FINAL ORGANIZATION OF VARIOUS BUFFET STATIONS

FOOD PREP

Preparing ahead of time relieves stress for me. My guest arrived and we could chat, grab food and find our place to settle in for bunco. Couple hours one day and couple the next is so much less work than trying to scramble day of. As a result I can also enjoy the party I am hosting.

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Queen

Of stress-less party prep ❤️