Ways to be a good host:
1) Invite clearly.
Include necessary information for your guests in the invitation. Is the party a casual get-together or more formal? What about the attire? Being as detailed as possible can clear the air of confusion. Make sure you mention your guests need to R.S.V.P; it will help you get the number count right and make your party planning a lot easier.
2) Laying out food.
With the help from Martha Stewart’s etiquette tips, here are some nice ways on laying out food on a buffet table. “Stack plates at the head of the table and silverware and napkins at the end. Arrange the table so guests can access food from both sides. Start with the main courses; for accompanying condiments, put one bowl on each side of the serving dish. Next come the sides; rather than using spoons and forks, provide nice-looking tongs, which will allow guests to serve themselves easily while holding a plate. For hot foods, heat platters first. Place cold foods on ice. (Don’t put all the food out at once; refresh the buffet as needed.) Keep dessert in the kitchen until after the main meal.”
3) Household etiquette.
Some households require a “no-shoe” policy. Whether it’s cultural or personal, it’s never a wrong thing to do to ask your guests to take off their shoes when entering. You can politely mention it and tell them there are slippers they can wear, or you can simply put up a sign. Sometimes you won’t even have to remind them, as they will follow along when they see that previous guests have taken their shoes off.
4) Enjoy the party!
You are the host and although you might have to be the one worrying about if there is enough food and drinks or if everyone is having fun, you shouldn’t forget to enjoy the party yourself! Dress up for the party, depending on what theme it is – nothing like looking the best and stylish will make you feel like the honorable host of the year!
4) Keeping guests feel welcome.
Besides introducing yourself to your guests as the host, make sure you’re on the lookout for your guests to be mingling with each other. I’m sure they all know how to do that on their own, but there will be times when they will be forming cliques. So when you notice a guest is alone, introduce that guest to a friend of yours or hand them a drink and chat for a bit. Just remember that you want to keep your guests feeling welcome and comfortable. I know it’s a lot of work to keep an eye on each guest, but it is worthwhile to do so as being the host of a fabulous party.
5) Stop serving alcohol one hour before the party ends.
Serve only coffee, tea and non‐alcoholic beverages as the party comes to a close. As the host, it is your responsibility to help your guests get home safely.
6) Be appreciative.
Ways to be a good guest:
2) Be willing.
If the host says it’s time to eat, then it’s time to eat! Make sure you’re either following the crowd or leading the crowd to the dinner table so that the host doesn’t have to keep reminding the guests, as well as keep other guests waiting. If you see that the host might just have too much on her hands, it’s always polite to ask if she needs any help. So offer to help when you can; any kind of such gesture is greatly appreciated.
3) Bring a gift!
It doesn’t have to be expensive, just something to show that you’re thankful for being invited! Check out Martha Stewart’s Hostess Gift Ideas.
4) Drink Responsibly.
Any party/event can come with alcoholic drinks, but it doesn’t mean that you should be drinking too much just because you’re at a party! Drink responsibly – you don’t want to be the center of attention in the wrong kind of way!