All You Need to Know About Hosting a Great Party

Hosting a party can be fun but also super stressful. You want your guests to have an enjoyable time, the food to taste good and the atmosphere to feel welcoming. With a little planning and my seven simple tips, your next party can be all of the above. I promise you’ll have a great time too!

I haven’t hosted a lot of parties (aside from planning my wedding and DIYing most of it) and if you are reading this blog and in your twenties, you may not have either. That’s okay! Not only have I been to a lot of events I asked my mom and other seasoned hostesses what they advise to host a great party.


1. Send Invites at Least a Week in Advance

Send out an email, group text or Facebook invite at least a week in advance for an informal party. For larger gatherings give about two weeks to a months notice.

Canva is a great platform to create invites or Vista Print

Have a beginning and end time. As an introvert, I want to know how long I’m required to be somewhere. I feel so much more relaxed when I know I what to expect.

2. Prep Before the Party

I cannot stress this one enough. Prepare the food ahead of time. Make as much as you can the day before. My mom taught me this tip and it makes such a huge difference to guests. Cut vegetables, prepare salads without the dressing, cook the sides (reheat up on the day of), prepare the main dishes to be cooked or cook ahead and reheat. Do as much as you can. Not only will this eliminate stress the day of. Your guests will thank you and you can spend time hosting.

3. Remember Why You are Hosting the Event

Keep the main thing the main thing. Are you hosting a going away party or are you celebrating a first birthday? Don’t let the details get you stressed out, do your best and then enjoy being with your guests.

4. Games

This tip may be a bit of personal preference but I enjoy party games. Ice breakers are a great way to get people talking and keep the event moving along.

Minute to win it games are always a fun idea and are pretty cost-effective to implement.

5. Food

Serve an appetizer before a big meal especially if there is a few hours between guests arriving and the meal. You can even ask guests to bring an appetizer or snack.

A few of my favourite appetizers are:

Prepare simple dishes that you’ve made before. Now is not the time to experiment in making a complicated fancy dish. Stick to your tried and true crowd-pleasers.

7. Decorations and ambiance

Not every party needs a theme but it can be fun to be intentional about making guests feel special. Picking out some cute napkins, a matching tablecloth and some centrepieces can go a long way.

Play some music in the background at a level where guests can still chat. Spotify literally has a playlist for everything

Another thing I like to include is a notebook for advice or well wishes. Buy a notebook from the dollar store and some pens and have guests record a special message.

For more party ideas checkout:

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What are your best hosting tips? What is the most memorable party you’ve attended?



Hosting a party can be fun but also super stressful. With a little planning and my seven simple tips your next party can be awesome.

18 Replies to “All You Need to Know About Hosting a Great Party”

  1. Great ideas Courtney, try to get a good nights sleep before the party, if the hostess is relaxed, the guests will feel more relaxed too.

  2. Yes, these are some great tips! I especially agree with prep – anything you can do to keep you with your guests and not stuck in a kitchen is a great help 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing these amazing and easy tips! I think the biggest mess up with having a good party is WHEN to send the invites! Don’t wanna send too early or too late! A week sounds like just the right time.

  4. Tip 3 is a great one for me to keep in mind right now. I am planning my little boy’s second birthday and I always get so stressed planning these things out. I need to enjoy myself and prepare ahead of time this week so I am not stressed on the day or the day before.

  5. Good tips! I always tend to want to try a new dish when I have guests over and it causes me extra stress. Love your tip to prepare dishes you’ve made before!

  6. I love this overview! Hosting people can be so fun and a great way to build relationships. I always tend to prepare crockpot meals when I have people over because then I’m not running around, but just relaxing while dinner cooks itself!

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