Let the planning begin!
I’m working on another event for me and my friends. This weekend I am hosting a formal holiday dinner party! How exciting!
Since my last attempt at a large-scale party didn’t work out too well (Halloween, no one could make it!) I’ve decided to scale back and focus on planning smaller, more intimate parties for my closer friends rather than everyone and their brother.
I seem to get better results when I throw the smaller but more deluxe events such as my tea party last spring.
What are “better results” you ask?
- Close friends attending whom I can count on to actually show up
- Everyone has a great time
- I get to plan special things like food and décor to my heart’s content
- (Sometimes) less mess and destruction compared to a house party!
- A chance to really connect with each of my guests
- Less pressure to be perfect
- Even though I usually spend more money, I feel that there is more value in it since my close friends will appreciate it
- Having an exclusive event. Everyone feels special!
Readers: Do you prefer smaller gatherings or larger ones when you get together? Why is that? Share in the comments!
You know, between hosting these shindigs and doing the bed & breakfast thing, I think I really like hosting! It can be a lot of work sometimes but for some reason I really enjoy getting all the details just so. Maybe I missed my calling?
I think I’ll keep doing the small, intimate parties and cycle through the groups of people. I think I’d like to do one with some folks I don’t know quite as well but would like to know better. There are a few girls at work that fall into that category. I’d also like to get some local bloggers together at some point… I just need to think of a theme! (omg I love themed parties)
The only downside to hosting parties is that 1. They are a lot of work. Cooking, cleaning, decorating & take-down, plus making sure you look presentable! 2. The costs can really add up. I like to do things on a budget, but the costs DO add up.
I have started asking people to bring a little something with them now, whether it be wine or a dish of food to share. This certainly helps but I wonder if there is any other way I can continue to throw nice get-togethers without blowing the bank? Hmmm. Perhaps it is just one of those things: “If you want to have a party, be prepared to pay for it!” This is what my sense of etiquette tells me.
What do you think?