How to be the Perfect Host
How to be the Perfect Host
Hosting is ideal for anyone who loves their friends or wants to make new ones. Inviting people into your home is a great way of showing off your fantastic taste and excellent conversational skills, but sometimes self-doubt can trick you into believing that your guests are secretly reluctant to return after your dinner parties or weekend stays. The small things about your home which bother you slightly will suddenly become huge dilemmas that you’re convinced were glaringly obvious to your guests. If you want to take the stress out of hosting and enjoy your social times in style then here are a few tips to help you become the perfect host.
Whether you have friends visit for an evening, overnight, or perhaps even longer, you need to make sure your home is comfortable. It applies not only to the physical comfort of your guests but also the atmosphere. Creating a relaxed feeling for people to enjoy themselves in is just as important as making sure they have somewhere comfortable to sit or sleep. Learn how to alleviate interpersonal tension and overcome any underlying conflicts that might occur between guests. Don’t invite people just to irritate others or to play a game of social chess. Doing this will turn your hosting into puppeteering, which is far less pleasant. Of course, physical comfort is important too so make sure you have enough seats for everyone. If you want your guests to have the best sleep of their lives, you should find an adjustable bed that suits everyone’s needs. Be careful, however, as this might encourage your visitors to stay over a lot more often!
Have you ever attended a party where the food took hours to arrive meaning you were hungry most of the night? Or have you been to a dinner where the food was opposite to your tastes, but the host didn’t make you feel as if you could mention it? These small, unspoken parts of hosting and visiting other people can either make or break a good time. Put yourself in the shoes of your guests and time your food accordingly. People tend to be happier and more sociable after eating. If you suspect that someone might not enjoy their food, offer an alternative without going overboard. It’s likely they’ll be embarrassed, and if they tell you not to worry, you should let it be. The important thing is that you’re considerate of your guests and their hungry stomachs.
It’s all very well having comfortable beds and good food at your party, but if you can’t ignite some fun into your hosting, then you may as well send everyone home. If your friends are easy to chat with, then it will be simpler, but if you’re meeting someone new or have to placate large parts of the family then bring out some games or photographs to spark conversation. Let the time flow without too much structure but also avoid awkward silence that kills the mood. You’ll have a more fulfilling experience and your guests will love you.