When you get invited to a party you usually think to yourself what a great time you are going to have. You may think about what you will wear, and this may be the opportune time to show off those new brown boots you just bought. Being the host of a party is a completely different story. You have to think about preparations and what will make your guests happy.
The party begins for the host usually days/weeks before the actual event. Depending on the size of the party and the occasion will determine how much planning needs to go into the event. Deciding on a theme for the party will help you organize it and plan it accordingly.
Once you know the theme of the event you can move forward with planning. Knowing the theme of your party will help facilitate the planning, and what kind of decorations and events to plan for the party. This will help you in the decision making process.
Your party invitations should go out at least two weeks before the party date. This will give people who are already overwhelmed with plans a chance to schedule in your event. This will also give people a chance to make arrangements, such as babysitters and travel accommodations.
The person hosting the party is responsible for creating a relaxed environment. If you are throwing the bash at your home, make sure you make the proper arrangements. This means putting away breakables or knickknacks. This will help you prevent the stress that causes you to lose weight fast, when you are constantly thinking about whether your favorite picture frame accidentally fell and broke.
Too often, a host/ess will worry too much about cleaning prior to the party. Making sure your house is clean is important, but do not obsess about it. You will only have to clean again once the party is over. Choose your decorations wisely. You want to create a festive environment but you also do not want your decorations to overwhelm your guests.
Give your guests some kind of events to look forward too. If you are throwing any kind of sporting events party, be prepared to have your guests arrive at least half an hour before televised game time. If you are serving dinner make sure to be prepared to welcome latecomers to the table.
Reduce the stress by being prepared. It does help when you have you handy leather watch keeping you on track with timing, but remember to relax. When you prepare ahead of time you will save yourself from the stress of last minute chaos.