The Not Just a Mom topic for October is all about how you host. I love hosting friends and family! I have a little gathering planned in a few weeks and I’ve already started planning.
I learned a lot about being a good host from my mom. She is a fantastic host!!
Before hosting, my mom always starts with a list. She uses a steno pad and always has. I most definitely start with a list, too. Lists keep me on track and help me make sure I don’t forget anything!
The number one thing I do that my mom does is always, always make way too much food! Whether I am having my parents over for dinner or 50 people over, there are always tons of leftovers. I’d rather eat party food for days than come close to running out.
I tend to be a procrastinator, but my mom is not! She starts preparing days in advance. She always sets a beautiful table and she loves doing it. I also enjoy setting a table ahead of time. It gets me excited for the actual event! When my mom sets a table, she usually puts sticky notes in each dish so there is a dish for everything. I find that I do the same thing. It is super helpful to make sure you have all the dishes you need and it makes it easy for people to help get hot or cold food out at the last minute.
I love a theme! Sometimes it’s a color theme, sometimes it’s a holiday, and sometimes its based on a book or event. Any way it comes, I love a theme! I pick dishes and paper products to match the themes. It’s so fun!
When it comes to food, I rarely make a full meal. I think it is a little stressful to have all parts of a meal hot and ready at the same time. My mom is great at this, but I haven’t seemed to pick up this skill yet. I feel really good about making dips and desserts, so I tend to stick with them. When I plan my menu, I always consider any dietary needs/restrictions and preferences. After I have the menu planned, I pick some fun drinks to go with the food.
Before I host any group, I try to think about how I want the time to go. I’ll think of possible games or conversation starters. I think about the timing of the event. I am learning to make a list for this too. I’ve been known to forget something I was hoping to do towards the end of the event because I’m having too much fun with everyone.
Well, I’m getting excited to do some hosting in the next few weeks! I can’t wait to read some fun tips for hosting today. I’ll be back tomorrow with some fun from our weekend! Have a great day full of sunshine and books!