Planning Guide – GETTING YOUR HOME READY FOR THE PARTY

10 Tips to get Organized for Your  Party

Planning a party, no matter what the size can be a real stressor. It can take a fairly normal person and make her moody and irritable. Especially when you are not the one making the mess but you are the one to do the majority of cleaning.

And no matter how much you clean and organize it seems like the job is never finished – that there is always so much more to do.

The key to getting ready for your next party is to declutter main areas and do the “heavy lifting” early. Having a well organized home will make your guests feel more welcome and comfortable.

 To get ready here are 10 tips to prepare your home for your party:

1- Going room to room do a quick scan of what you need to do. With pen and paper in hand take notes as you move about your home. if its cold outside guests will likely bring coats and jackets. This is a good time to decide where you’d like your guests to put them once they arrive. Same with women’s purses.

2- Get your entrance ready for guests working your way around the house. In addition to all the main areas you know guests gather, think about where else they might end up such as a game room, den or even patio area. Cleaning and decluttering those areas will help you breath a sigh of relief should someone venture into those parts of your home.

3- Get rid of as much clutter as you can. If you have lots of fancy vases, or trinkets where guests may come into contact with, make sure they are not in the way of people putting their trays, drinks and other items on your tables. To you and your family it may be beautiful but to some guests it will feel like they can hardly move.

4- Get help! Family, friends or a hired staff member can help take some of the pressure off you and get the job done faster.

5- Instead of stressing the family out, closing doors is perfectly acceptable if you, for instance have children and their rooms are not presentable. A great stress reducer and it keeps peace so everyone can enjoy the party when the big day arrives. It’s more important to focus on the rooms your guests will actually be in.

6- Depending on the formality of the party, the theme and of course, the number of guests you have, it can be perfectly acceptable to use casual serving utensils and serving dishes. For instance, if you are having a Pot luck, BBQ’s or an informal cocktail parties guests will be fine with paper goods over your fine china.

7-  If you are worried about spills (and they will happen where food and drink is served) deal with the possibility by being prepared. Prepared as in a small box with cleaning supplies, rags and paper towels will ease your stress of locating them if and when a mess occurs. Include a small dust pan and wisk broom in with the other items and you should be good for most accidents.

8- Do a walk thru of your home making sure you didn’t remove vital pieces that add the personal touch to your rooms. Add flowers, family photos and candles.

9- If you are not having entertainment such as a DJ or band, be sure and choose the “mood music” ahead of time.

10 – Plan the menu – include items that are easy to serve, don’t take a lot of time to prepare and can be enjoyed by guests without all the fuss of “serving” them such as prepared gourmet appetizers.

Cooking is an art and patience a virtue… Careful shopping, fresh ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need. There is one more thing – love. Love for food and love for those you invite to your table. With a combination of these things you can be an artist – not perhaps in the representational style of a  Dutch master,  but rather more like Gauguin, the naïve, or Van Gogh, the impressionist. Plates or pictures of sunshine taste of happiness and love.”

Keith Floyd

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