I'm a host at heart. I'd love to have someone over at our house for dinner or just for fun at least twice a week. But not everyone feels that way, so I'm here to share some tips on how to become a great host, especially with a fun holiday coming up!
6 Tips for Hosting the BEST Easter Get-Together
Before we get into this, push the "I'm not a good enough host" thought out of your head! Great hosts are hosts who practice hosting, care about their guests, and anticipate the needs of their visitors. If you can do those three things, you can be more than good enough. Let's break them down!
1. Practice hosting
The first few times you host guests for dinner or a party, you might feel like a fake. You might not know the right things to say or the right things to serve. You may get the timing wrong, or not realize something you missed. Don't stress! You don't have to be an extrovert or someone with a significant role in the other person's life in order to be a good host. All you have to do is practice. Soon, you'll find out what works (and what doesn't) and you'll become a pro just through experience. Go with the flow, and you may find that eventually you're having as great a time as your guests are! It just takes doing it often.
2. Care about your guests
Have you ever heard this quote?
People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou said that. I love this quote because it really works like a warning and an encouragement. I have to be careful how I make people feel, because they'll remember a bad experience. BUT, a great experience will also stick with them!
In hosting, this can be a great encouragement as you get accustomed to the concept of welcoming guests into your home. Yes, have a plan about what to talk about and what to do. However, the thing that really matters is how your guests will feel. And this comes with you simply caring about them. If you have a genuine concern for the people coming to your house, and you want to show that you love them, this will shine through and can drive your conversation. You'll naturally have a warmer atmosphere, a smile on your face, and a genuine attitude. They'll feel that. And then you've just accomplished being a great host.
3. Anticipate their needs
Getting down to the application of it all, let's talk about the food, decor/theme, and the atmosphere.
Easter food means something different to everyone, but one thing that doesn't go out of style is.... CHARCUTERIE! (I had to say it.) Charcuterie makes a great appetizer that everyone can enjoy, and with our boards being fully customizable (no additional charge!) you can make sure special diet requests are taken care of. For the main dish, just focus on an easy-to-eat, well-loved meal, and serve it with confidence.
With Easter approaching, decor is pretty easy! Think florals for decor that lasts all spring and into summer. I love shopping places like Ross or HomeGoods, because they seem to bring out the best decor at the right times, and you can refresh your whole home without breaking the bank. Don't clutter up your home too much with decor, but just a few cute accents can go a long way to liven up a room.
Besides food and a reason for coming over, your guests are only going to notice one other thing - the atmosphere. You can choose to have some music playing, or light a candle. But the biggest contributing factor to atmosphere is the people. If you know your guests are introverts, be ready to bring most of the conversation. If you know they're more talkative, let them take the lead! As a great host, you can play either role and make sure they feel heard.
If you do these three things, you'll host a perfect Easter (or anytime) get-together. It all comes down to who you are and how you make your guests feel. You'll be great!