Preparing for any party, whether it’s a small gathering or a major event, can be both exciting and overwhelming. Here are a few tips to take the stress out of having people over and to create an enjoyable event.
Keep it simple
From an intimate dinner party to a big bash, party planning can quickly become complicated. So, keep it simple. Instead of worrying over every detail, make a plan for what to serve and how you want guests to feel. A couple of savvy strategies are to serve dishes you’re already comfortable cooking or embrace take-out or store-bought meals. You can also plan around going to a one-stop shop for everything you need – this can help to keep your budget in check too.
As the host, you get to treat guests to your tastes. Otherwise, it’s impossible to cater to every guest’s individual preferences.
Embrace the role of host
Guests may not admit it, but many want to have someone take the lead on social introductions, house rules (like shoes on or off) and changing the subject when necessary. As host, you should take on this role. Of course, that does not excuse controlling or overbearing behaviour – simply take the lead and let others follow your example. They’ll be glad you did.
If you become sick right before the big day, that’s the end of your party. So, take steps to stay healthy in the weeks or days before your event. Get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, eat well and wash your hands often. Health professionals also recommend getting a COVID-19 booster and the flu shot at the same time to provide the best protection against illness and severe complications. There’s also a vaccine against RSV this year that’s approved for adults over 60, since the respiratory infection that flew through schools and daycares last year can have serious effects on older adults.
You can get these vaccines at most local pharmacies. At Rexall pharmacies, you can either walk in or book an appointment or online at rexall.ca/flu