Holidays are just around the corner and the best possible way to celebrate them is to gather your friends, throw a great party, and cherish the memories in years to come. However, throwing a decent party is easier said than done. It doesn’t matter whether you plan to throw a Christmas party, a New Year’s Eve party, or maybe even a party that isn’t focused around a specific holiday, one thing is for sure – you have to be prepared. So, let’s take a look at a few things you should do if you want to be a great party host!

Spick-and-span home

First off, you need to clean up and tidy up your home. Your guests want to spend time in a clean and neat environment; they don’t want to see clothes and clutter spread around your couch and chairs and whatnot. Dust every corner, vacuum the floor, and make sure that you vent the place. Cleaning will also give you a great feeling of self-satisfaction and both you and your guests will enjoy your home this way.

Good organization means good party

Organization is key! You have to know whether you are hosting a party for five or fifty people, so that you know exactly what you need in order to make it happen. After you’ve made your guest list, you should think of how much food and beverage will be enough for everyone. Also, make sure that you have a well-thought-out playlist. And don’t be taken by surprise should the things go wrong. Be flexible, improvise if you need to. Lists and plans are there to help you, but you shouldn’t feel constrained either. Remember that you too should enjoy the party, not just your guests.

Food – Simple but significant

You need to be extra careful when it comes to food. Pay attention to your guests’ preferences. There has to be a variety of foods, something for each of your guests can enjoy. Your vegan friends like good food too, so make sure there is vegan food as well. Serving simple food should do the trick. A platter of cheese and ham accompanied by good bread and crackers are a winning combination. Chicken and potato salads are also great, and don’t forget to include some raw vegetable sticks. Diverse food choices are an absolute must. Every guest needs to be satisfied. But, if you don’t want to be bothered with going to the grocery store and food preparation, you can always look for a good caterer. Although a caterer will do all the work for a certain fee, it will help you immensely with the entire process.

Whisky and ice, and everything nice

Besides eating, your guests will most certainly want to drink. Again, pay attention to their preferences. Some always opt for alcohol while some never drink it. Once again, we have to emphasize that you need to be careful with selection. Make sure that you stock up on wine, beer, champagne, and preferably, some fine whisky. Buy non-alcoholic drinks for guests who don’t drink alcohol. If you really want to make your party stand out among all the others, kick things up a notch and look for fine and renowned brands. Do not settle for cheap alternatives. In case you don’t have the time or patience to go to a liquor store and browse, look it up online. Even if you intend to stock on some more luxurious beverages, you can always search for quality whisky online. There is a good chance that you’ll be able to order it and get it delivered right to your doorstep.

Now that you’ve gone through our little tutorial, we’d like to emphasize that spending time with your friends and having fun with them is also of huge importance. Don’t get carried away with the role of being a host. Enjoy your party, spend time with your guests, celebrate your friendships and we guarantee you a myriad of great memories!

About The Author:

Peter Minkoff is a men’s lifestyle writer at The Beard Mag and High Street Gent magazine from UK and AU. Beside writing he worked as a grooming consultant for many fashion events around AU. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.