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Dos and Don’ts of Entertaining

Throwing a party can be so fun if you plan way in advance. If you don’t do that it can be so overwhelming and a total nightmare.  The key is to be organized and to handle the details in stages.  I love having a party planning Notebook for my go to info. I will share mine with you in a couple posts from now so you can see how I organize all my information.  That way I  have easy access to all the info I need in one place.  There are so many things that need to be done for a party, but these are my givens. Here are some standard dos and don’t guidelines that I hold firm for each party I throw.

Dos and Don'ts of Entertaining at your home.


Iron all your linens ahead of time.

Bring the hostess a gift.

Have food ready to go as the first guests arrive.

Try to have it catered so you can mingle with guests.

Hors d’oeuvres need to be bite sized and easy to handle.

Pay attention to all the small details. They make a difference.

Think about different food options for various foodies (clean eaters, vegans etc…)

Try to have a bartender if you’re serving alcoholic beverages.

keep all your contacts in a party NB so you will be able to skip the middle man when hiring

Dos and Don'ts of Entertaining at your home.


Don’t serve a recipe for the first time at a party where you’re entertaining guests.

Don’t start preparing the day of the party.  Start way in advance.

Don’t run out of food, ice, plates, or silverware.

Don’t talk to one guest for too long. Try to mingle with all guests so everyone feels special.

Don’t use plastic if possible.  The real thing is so much more elegant.

Don’t put all the food in one area.  It makes getting to food very difficult and people hate long lines.

Don’t try to see the party vision in your mind.  Set up the table designs ahead of time. Then take a picture and the set up on the party day will go super quick. You won’t have a thing to worry about when it gets crazy (and it will) the day of the party.

Dos and Don'ts of Entertaining at your home.

I hope these entertaining party tips were helpful.  I personally love having parties and entertaining at our home.  Some people don’t and that’s fine too.  If you do enjoy it, start out small. As you learn the tricks of the trade you can get bigger and bigger with your guest list and your budget.

Yours Truly,




How to Entertain a Large Group

Thanksgiving is approaching quickly and it is time to think about what you will be serving.  Entertaining a large group is a lot different then your four person nightly dinner.  Plus, this is a special occasion where you want to go all out for your guests.  Let’s jump into Thanksgiving day tips that will leave your guests feeling stuffed and content.

Tips for entertaining

The first thing you want to do is to prepare in advance so you have tons of time to plan for this special occasion. The last thing you want to do is have to grocery shop right before the big day.  Make a list and get all your speciality items way in advance so the stores are not crowded.  This will save you from standing in long lines.

Know how may people are coming in plenty of time to prepare what you’re making.  You want to know how much food to prepare so no one leaves hungry.  Also, make a little extra so you have fabulous leftovers.  That is one of the best parts of hosting.

Set your table ahead of time.  This will save you valuable time and energy on Thanksgiving day.  This is an easy and fun task, but it takes time. This is something that you can complete a couple days before the big day.  Also rearrange any furniture you need to create the best set up for entertaining your guests.  That way you can clean and vacuum rooms in advance.

Thanksgiving table setting

Your table setting can be done in advance. This will save you time on the day you entertain.

Use white dishes so your centerpiece stands out. I use white dishes the majority of the time. I want the centerpiece and food to be the table headliner.  If you use white dishes you can add color through candles, napkins, placemats and other decor.

Have extra containers set aside for guests to take home leftovers.  It is a nice gesture to give guests left overs to take home with them.  This needs to be planned in advance or you will be sending guests home with your good dishes.

Try to get as much sleep as you can because hosting can take a lot out of you.  There is a ton to do before and after Thanksgiving dinner. You want your guests to leave your home full and happy, but it is a lot of work. Rest when you can.

I hope these tips were helpful.  I know your dinner will be amazing as long as you’re with friends and family.  If you have any helpful entertaining tips please leave them in the comments below.

Yours Truly,