Playing the gracious hostess causes anxiety for many. Most have their opinion about what makes a good hostess. Is a good hostess someone that does it all on her own or caters a menu? In my opinion, a good hostess is someone that shares her love with the people in her life through the food, whether or not she spends all day over a hot stove. At the end of the day, it is all about making sure you and your guests are enjoying themselves.
I love hosting. For me, there’s something about creating food for family and friends that showcases my love for them. I’ve been hosting for many years now. I understand how it can get overwhelming and intimidating. Over the years, I’ve found ways to make it less of a burden and be able to showcase your love and enjoy the event.
Hostessing for me began as a way to tap into my creative outlet as well as give me a project to work on. I’m not a crazy obsessive, but I do enjoy the care and planning that goes into pulling off a meal for those I love. Here are some tips I’ve accumulated over the years,
- Plan around a theme—menu and decor
- If you’re not a person that cooks a lot, don’t worry, decide to make one or two dishes and supplement the rest with pre-made or store-bought foods (find a fun and creative way to plate these things)
- Don’t over spend—borrow, raid dollar stores, reuse (make use of what you already have and make strategic choices when you purchase items)
- Plating matters—how you serve and how your guests are meant to eat the food
- Timing is key!—as part of the menu planning, create a run of show (when things need to be ready) from pre-event prep to guest arrival through when they leave
- Try to give guests a little something to remember the event
- Don’t overthink!—your guests will appreciate the time, care, and invitation to the event
What are some of your hostessing tips and tricks?