How to Host a Great Party

Hosting a party at your home is often a stressful experience. But it doesn’t have to be! Follow Domestic CEO’s 4 easy tips to make sure both you and your guests have a fabulous time. 

Amanda Thomas
4-minute read
Episode #24

How to Host a Great Party

Everyone loves a party, right? It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like attending parties, but hosting them...well, that’s a whole different animal. Hosting a party in your home can be stressful, so today we are going to focus on the 4 top tips to help you plan, create, and host an amazing event in your home. After all, as the host or hostess, you should have as much fun as your guests!>


Tip #1: Pick a Theme

In college, just hearing about a party is enough to make us want to go. As we grow up and get busier, though, people may need a little more incentive to come to your event. After all, attending a party may involve expensive, time-consuming logistics, such as hiring a babysitter, booking a car, buying a new outfit, and others, depending on your situation. Adding a fun, appealing theme to your party can be a great incentive. My friends are really competitive, so we tend to have contest-style parties. Some of our favorites in the past have been a Casserole Cook-Off Potluck, a Valentine’s Day Cupcake Contest, and a Micro-Beer Tasting Championship for Halloween.

A theme not only makes people want to come to your event, but it also gives them something to talk about. How many of us go out, only to get stuck talking about our work or our kids over and over again? But if someone shows up to your party with a kuchen like your grandma used to make, you can’t help but be curious as to why they know how to make authentic German pastries and conversation will naturally become more interesting. Even if you don’t go all out with a contest, just making your guests wear Hawaiian shirts or leis will get them into a different frame of mind and create more fun than normally would happen.

Tip #2: Build Excitement

After you have your theme, start to build excitement for your event. Step 1 is creating an online invite through a site like Evite, Punchbowl, or even Facebook. Most of these sites will allow you to customize the look and feel of your invite. Add pictures and be creative with your wording, tailoring it to your invitees. With my competitive friends, the trash-talking starts in the invite and doesn’t end until a winner is crowned. Start the excitement for your party with the first communication, and continue it through emails, text messages, and face to face communication. Even if it’s just a small get together, let your friends know that your place is the place to be!