Many of my friends can be stressed by entertaining, but it is really a simple thing if you want to be known as being the host with flair and grace.
The Host(ess) with the Most(est) According to the Lady Hooper-Brackett
Your smiling face should be the first thing that a guest sees when they enter your home. Greet everyone warmly and promptly.
Have a serving table nearby where arrivals can take a prefilled cocktail or glass of wine and a little morsel to eat.
Be prepared if someone hands you a hostess gift. Decorate a small table and use it for the purpose of placing the gifts.
Take coats and wraps from your guests, place them in a closet or in the bedroom. At no times should a pile of coats be visible to arriving guests.
Be sure to introduce those who are arriving to those guests who are already there and make sure that all guests are making conversation and enjoying themselves. It is also your responsibility to diffuse hot topics and turn them to acceptable topics. See my earlier post on DANGER Topics.
Keep an eye on the refreshments, making sure there is enough out for everyone.
If you are serving a seated meal with several courses, place cards are a wonderful touch.
Relax and enjoy the evening! Remember you set the tone for your guests.
It is my hope that you will be the ultimate example of graciousness and ease when you welcome your own cherished friends to your abode.
Best Hostess Wishes,
The Lady Hooper-Brackett