Litte Miss Hospitality: Help Me Host Better Get-Togethers
September 11, 2013 1:32 AM Subscribe
You know those people who have a knack for entertaining?
Not so much people who plan elaborate events and always make sure there's guest towels in the bathroom and enough ice when they host parties (although that's great)
I’m talking about the folks who you have a great night hanging out with even if you've just turned up semi-unexpectedly and wind up staying for take-away pizza?
How do they do that? What are the best ways to create a sense of occasion and make guests feel welcome?
posted by rockpaperdynamite to human relations (26 answers total) 95 users marked this as a favorite
My parents are both kind of introverted and find entertaining stressful and/or boring, so hosting people at home is never something I've really got the hang of. Usually I over-plan and spend half the night in the kitchen, or I adopt a "mia casa - su casa" approach and assume my guests will be totally cool sorting themselves out while I get distracted in a really interesting conversation.
But I love cooking for people and bringing my diverse group of friends (and potential new friends) together.
How do I create a welcoming environment for my guests?
And bonus point for tips on how to do this when you share a house with three other (lovely, sociable people) and don’t have a dining table!