Since the holiday season is upon us, I thought I’d write about entertaining at home. Some people look forward to this all year long; others dread it. Which are you?
Personally, I’m the dread-it type. I do events all year long, so it’s last thing I want to do during my down time. For those of you who are less selfish, allow me to share some entertainment tips for the season.
Coffee. It’s the most important beverage you can have, and you should have plenty of it available throughout the event.
Sensitivity. Have an awareness about your guests and their needs. Don’t force anyone to drink or eat more than they’re comfortable with. Do have non-alcoholic beer and sparkling cider available for designated drivers or anyone that doesn’t drink. This lets guests partake as they wish.
Timeline. People screw this up all the time. You need to plan the evening according to your guests’ timeline, not your own. Think about their well-being. For example, eating dinner at 8 p.m. as you usually do may be too late for your guests. Consider a more moderate starting time of 7 or 7:30 p.m.
Communication. This is also something hosts mess up. If you’re not eating until late or not really serving food at your party, let people know this in the invitation. A friend recently went to a party at 7:30 on a Saturday night so she didn’t eat. Her hosts served only chips. She said the people at the party were interesting and the entertainment was outstanding, but she didn’t have a good time because of the culinary disconnect.
Finally, for my dear readers who continue to support this column, I wish you all a safe and happy new year.
This is my last story for 2013, and I’m sticking to it.